Reviewing Jamberry Wraps

21 May

Am I the only one who has suddenly been swamped in Facebook posts and ads about Jamberry wraps? It seems like EVERYONE is having a Jamberry party and even though I’m not really a fingernail polish kind of girl, I started to get curious.

Although I’m totally cool with keeping my toenails all prettied up with nail polish year-round, I’ve never been very good at painting my fingernails. If I do it myself, it looks pretty terrible and if I go to a salon, it gets chipped within a day. I tried a gel manicure last year for a friend’s wedding and I really liked how the gel polish kept from chipping for a long time. Unfortunately, I just can’t commit the time or money to getting that done on a regular basis.

So, I decided to try Jamberry.

I put a call out on my Facebook page to see if I had any blog readers who sold Jamberry and Ginny commented right away and offered to send me a pack to try. The color I tried out is called Sparkling Marsala.  I was surprised that they had “normal” colors, because I had only seen the wild and crazy patterns… which are totally not my thing. I checked out the website and they have a pretty good selection of the more subtle designs/colors too. I especially like Grapefruit, Diamond Dust Sparkle and Rose Gold Sparkle.

Most styles are $15.00 for a pack, which are typically good for 2 manicures, 1 – 2 pedicures and some leftover accents (if you want to do just an accent nail or two with a different wrap). The packs are always buy three, get one free. Also, they are made in the US and Big 5 Free, so they are safe for pregnant women and kids (they have smaller sizes available for kiddie fingers and toes).

Ginny suggested that I watch a YouTube video of the application process, so that is exactly what I did. She also said that the most important things are to find a size so that no skin is touching the wrap and use alcohol on your nail before you put the wrap on.

With all this in mind, I went for it. Here’s the video I watched before I started:

 

 

Based on the instructions and video, here are my supplies:

Reviewing Jamberry - supplies

I pretty much followed the instructions from the video exactly. I made sure not to touch the adhesive part of the wrap and picked it up with my little stick. Then, I turned my hairdryer on the wrap for a few seconds and smooshed it directly onto my fingernail.

Reviewing Jamberry - applying

Once the wrap was in place, I trimmed the excess with my pocketknife scissors. Then, instead of filing it down, I just used my nail clippers to clip the whole fingernail (and wrap) a teensy bit shorter, giving me a nice sealed edge.

I timed myself and it took me right about 20 minutes from start to finish for my first time. I feel like I can definitely get quicker with a little practice. I have spoken to friends who haven’t had as much luck getting the nails on though, so I don’t know if I just have extra flat nails that make it easy or if I did an exceptional job following the directions.

Reviewing Jamberry - thumb

Here’s what my nails looked like after I put them all on:

Reviewing Jamberry - day 1

I was really impressed with how well I did, especially on my non-dominant hand. I’ve heard a bunch of feedback that it’s really hard to get the tips smooth, but by clipping the ends with my nail they turned out really great. I highly recommend that method!

Even with the neat application, I still fully expected the wraps to start chipping or peeling up within a day or so. I’m pretty hard on my nails and I didn’t hold back with the Jamberry wraps at all. Within the first 24 hours I had ripped apart my vacuum cleaner to clean it out, hung some pictures on a wall, typed a ton, showered, bathed a kid, emptied the dishwasher, dug around in my purse, etc.

Then, on Day #6 I had swim practice with Jack and figured that there was no way the wraps would last through 45 – 60 minutes in a pool… but they totally did. In fact, they looked pretty much the same for the first 8 days of wearing them.

Here is a picture I took on Day #8 right before I took them off:

Reviewing Jamberry - day 8

I totally could have kept them on for a few more days, because they weren’t showing much wear at all. The problem was that when I was bored I’d started working my fingernails under any bit of loose edge I could find and was dying to rip the suckers off.

So I did.

DON’T do what I did though. Follow the instructions and take the nails off by soaking them in nail polish remover to break the adhesive bond. If you rip them off, you also kind of rip off some of the top layer of your fingernail… which is totally not cool. Luckily, my nails were back to normal within a day or so!

So the question is: would I try them again?
Absolutely! They are much cheaper than going to get a gel manicure done at the salon and I like that I can apply them in the comfort of my own home. I think that they looked natural and my friends were shocked when I told them that they were actually Jamberry. I’m not really an ‘everyday’ nail polish girl, but I’d totally break these out for my next fancy event.

Do you want to try them?
I just want you all to know that I don’t make a dime if you decide to buy anything from Jamberry. I’m not having a party or earning products off your orders. I was just really curious about the company and thought you might want to read an honest review.

If you do decide to try them on your own, I’d love it if you’d check out Ginny’s Jamberry website. She’s just starting out her Jamberry business and I love to be able to support my readers whenever I have a chance!

Have you tried Jamberry before? Do you like the ‘plain’ designs that look like nail polish or the funky patterns?

 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored review. I was not compensated in any way and all opinions are my own. Ginny was nice enough to provide me with a pack of Sparkling Marsala Jamberry strips to try out. So, thank you Ginny!

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9 Responses to “Reviewing Jamberry Wraps”

  1. Samantha May 21, 2015 at 9:38 am #

    You did a great job! I love the sparkle!

  2. Holly Hester May 21, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    Seems very labor intensive and time consuming really. Isn’t putting on nail polish easier? Are they popular because of the crazy patterns? I feel like I’m missing something. (Your nails look cute though.)

    • Joules May 21, 2015 at 10:10 am #

      Thanks Holly! I think that many people like them because of the crazy patterns. For me — yes, I can do nail polish, but it chips within a day and then I immediately take it all off because the chips drive me crazy. The Jamberry was nice because even though it took a little more time to apply than painting my nails, it stayed looking as good as new for over a week.

  3. Jessy May 21, 2015 at 9:53 am #

    Thank you for reviewing Jamberry! My Facebook is also often flooded with Jamberry ads, so I was curious if they’d last on me. I’m hard on my nails, too. So thank you for not taking it easy on yours 🙂

    • Joules May 21, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      Thanks Jessy! I was pleasantly surprised that they lasted through normal life stuff without falling off. Especially swim practice in the pool!

  4. Quirky Chrissy May 21, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    Personally, I didn’t like them. I prefer to paint my own nails while watching TV. And I change my polish so often that it isn’t relevant for me. But I CANNOT handle the way it’s overtaken my Facebook feed and the groups that I keep getting added to.

    I think it’s cool that you tried it and shared it without doing a party or making commission, though. I love that about you! (Although if you ever did start doing affiliate stuff, I would TOTALLY still love you…) 🙂
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    • Joules May 21, 2015 at 10:14 am #

      I hate it when people add me to Facebook groups without asking, and typically will go in and cancel myself back out of them! When I was in college I would paint my nails a lot and change them up every few days… but with Jack running around I just don’t have the time to do it anymore!

      I try not to do many affiliate links… so thanks for noticing. 😉

  5. Andi (@estellasrevenge) May 21, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    I tried the Sally Hansen version once and I really liked them. The only thing that drives me nuts is that they don’t fit my nail bed. My mama always sees that part and complains about the gaps (I come by it honest). lol I love your color choice, and I’m tempted to try the Rose Gold Sparkle!
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