I’ve established before that I’m a fan of nail strips. In fact, I’ve reviewed both Color Street and Jamberry in the past. Basically, other than a professional manicure, nail strips are the only way I can have pretty nails. Which bring us to my latest experiment: Dashing Diva Nail Strips.
Color Street was my absolute favorite, but I figured I’d give Dashing Diva a try since they were so easy to buy (Color Street has to be ordered online) and they were cheaper ($6.99 per pack vs $12 per pack).
I picked up my first couple sets of Dashing Diva nail strips on a random Target run on impulse. Here are the exact ones I used for my first try: Dashing Diva Rose Sparkle. They also have their own Dashing Diva website with even more options: Dashing Diva Website.
My initial thoughts were that they were a bit more difficult to put on, had less size options than Color Street, and felt kind of plastic. More like a nail sticker than nail polish.
Now that I’ve tried a few different packs of strips over the last few months, I have a few additional thoughts:
Putting Them On: I still find them tricky to put on because my nails don’t necessary match exactly with their sizing options. However, one trick I found is once you get them on your nail, rather than using the included nail file, I like to use a nail clipper to clip the strip at the very end of my fingernail to get a perfect fit.
Wear and Tear. While the finish on the Dashing Diva nail strips is more ‘plastic’ than the real nail polish of Color Street, it has some benefits. First, they do NOT chip at all. Rather than chipping at the tips, I found that I might get a little bit of lift around the edges at the end of the week.
Taking Them Off: Color Street nail strips are made of actual nail polish in strips, so to remove them you need to use nail polish remover. With some of the glitter shades, this is frustrating because it takes a long time to break through all that glitter polish. Dashing Diva nail strips are more like a nail sticker, so when you want to take them off you can just rip them off like a band-aid. It is best to first put a few drops of nail oil around the edges first so you don’t harm your nails.
Sometimes They Just Don’t Want to Play Nice: I’ve had a couple times when I’d go through my normal routine of drying my nails out with alcohol and then applying the strips only for one to just fall back off and not want to stick. It’s annoying and frustrating and I have no idea why this happens. So, I’ve found it’s best to just try again with a new strip.
While I haven’t been wearing nail strips on a regular basis since I’m mostly teleworking, I do like to put a new pair on every so often to brighten my day. I’ve found that they last about 7 – 10 days easily. At that point, I usually have enough regrowth that I just go ahead and rip them off. After removing the nail strips, my nails are quite dry… so I massage in some cuticle oil or hand lotion and then give my nails a break for a while before sticking on a new set.
Have you tried Dashing Diva nail polish strips? What do you think of them?
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