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Insta-Gel Strips

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Sally HansenInsta-Gel Strips
 
2.7

(based on 19 reviews)

42%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (6)
  • Long lasting (6)
  • Fast drying (4)
  • Good value (4)
  • Great color (3)

Cons

  • Difficult to apply (9)
  • Chips easily (4)
  • Not true to color (4)
  • Wears off easily (3)

Best Uses

  • Special occasions (4)
  • Any time (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Trendy style (7), Classic style (6)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (4)

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Part 2-Practice Makes Perfect

By DM fan

from Redlands, CA

Comments about Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips:

Prior review did not show my suggestions that I left so this is part 2 to go along with prior review.
Directions do not say to apply a gel base coat, but the strips stick on so much better and last longer with no chips if you do that. Do one nail at a time.
1st-clean nail with alcohol
2nd-gel base coat & cure under led lamp
3rd-apply Strip while nail is still tacky from the base coat
4th-cover tip of nail and then cut off as much excess as possible or cut some of excess prior to applying. Sometimes they will wrinkle if too much excess.
5th-Once tip is covered and most excess past tip removed then you can fold a small amount under tip. You will be able to pick this off easy enough later.
6th-for excess around sides of fingers and cuticle, I use the provided pointy side of the stick to poke all around the finger and start to separate it from the nail. As you do this the strip will start to tear away. You have to be slow and gentle to not tear more than you want. It's tedious which is why I like to do only 1 highlight finger with a pattern and polish the rest of my nails with matching color to pattern.
7th- use gel top coat and cure under light. I do two or more coats and cure to keep them from chipping and last two weeks.
8th- follow with alcohol to remove tacky residue.

 
5.0

Practice makes perfect

By DM fan

from Redlands, CA

About Me Natural Style

Pros

  • Long Lasting

Cons

  • Difficult to Apply

Best Uses

  • Special Occasions

Comments about Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips:

I like to use the strips with the patterns on it on my ring fingers as a "highlight" finger and then match up a color polish for the other fingers. It takes using these a few times to get the hang of getting the strips on right and figuring out what works to make the process easier. See my suggestions as I do not follow the directions given and have better results. These are more difficult to use then to just polish your nails, but the fun patterns are great and I get lots of compliments. For a solid color, it really is easier to just paint your nails than to use the strips. I can go two weeks on the strips with no chipping, but the first couple of times I used these I did not have great results and they chipped faster than polish. Unless you are patient then you might not like using these. 1st off, they are a bit expensive at the regular price of 14.99, but they do include a bottle of top coat that can also be used for regular polish which sells for 9.99-12.99 on it's own depending on where you buy it. So really you are paying 10 bucks for the top coat and 5.00 for the strips. The strips come with 8 for each hand so you can pick the strip that best fits your fingers. I bought many of these on clearance in the stores and almost all of them are on clearance now for .99 unless it's one of the few patterns still for 14.99 they actively are carrying. Use the clearance ones to practice with before you fork over the full price.

  • Skin Tone:
  • Fair

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not worth it.

By Jojo

from Silver Spring, MD

About Me Trendy Style

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult to Apply
    • Flakes
    • Waste Of Time
    • Wears Off Easily

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips:

      I am SO GLAD that I got these on sale or I would have been livid. I researched them after I bought them (unfortunately) and all of the reviews were bad minus a few. I put them on yesterday. I followed the directions to the T and literally 3 hours later, my thumb nail came off lol. Today, all of my other nails are still on, but they are chipped and lifting up. I read on another site that someone used base coat for thse. I bought three others, so I'm going to try one with regular laquer base coat and another with gel base coat. Definitely will just stick to regular laquer or gel varnish.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      5.0

      Gel Strips

      By Nail Fiend

      from Phoenix, AZ

      About Me Trendy Style

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Apply
      • Fashinable
      • Good Pigmentation
      • Long Lasting
      • Unique

      Cons

      • Somewhat Pricey

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Special Occasions

      Comments about Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips:

      I absolutely love this product! I got them online for a very low clearance price, so I ordered 7 different patterns/colors. I'm wearing the houndstooth right now, and also love the leopard. They are much easier to apply than the regular Sally polish strips. There are 2 packs of strips in each box. ONLY OPEN ONE PACK AT A TIME. You cannot use some strips and then save the rest. They dry out and will not work after exposed to air for even a day. You can get 1 manicure & Pedicure from each pack, depending on your nail size. Do fingers and toes at the same time so not to waste the strips. Simple application, and REALLY ACTUALLY lasts the 2 weeks! Will definitely be buying again!

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      2.0

      Not worth the money

      By JED

      from Blue Springs, MO

      About Me Natural Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult to Apply

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips:

          The nail strips were difficult to apply. You cannot use the strips if your hands are cold, they wouldn't adhere, wrinkled easily and looked very sloppy. I had to remove it immediately, it looked so bad. In addition, the cost is unreasonable. Not worth the money. I will not purchase again.

          • Skin Tone:
          • Fair
           
          3.0

          Don't be fooled

          By liz

          from bay area, ca

          About Me Trendy Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Pigmentation

          Cons

          • Difficult to Apply
          • Flakes
          • Wears Off Easily

          Best Uses

          • Special Occasions

          Comments about Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips:

          These are REGULAR nail strips which includes a clear gel topcoat. I'm not upset because i bought them on clearance but I wouldn't waste my money on these if they weren't a print. You are better off buying the regular gel polish (not strips) if you get a solid color rather than a patterned one.

          • Skin Tone:
          • Medium
           
          1.0

          Not Impressed - Did not work

          By Maria

          from Syracuse, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Difficult to Apply
            • Wears Off Easily

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips:

              These did not work at all. Followed all directions. These are cheap and not easy to apply. Had to return them.

               
              1.0

              Not worth the money

              By Kate

              from Nashville

              Pros

              • Easy To Apply

              Cons

              • Doesn't Last

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips:

                Finished my manicure and it looked great. I took a shower an hour later and they all peeled off! I've done several other gel manicures myself with different brands of gel polish and this has never happened before.

                 
                2.0

                not made for my fingers!

                By glasses girl

                from Nashville, TN

                About Me Classic

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Color

                Cons

                • Not Sized For My Fingers

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips:

                  the color selection is great - there are natural colors and glam colors available. The strips are sized for slim fingers. There are 4 wide strips and then medium and small. There needs to be more wide strips. My thumb was barely covered, and then my middle finger. Other strips too small for my index finger and I don't have big hands, just not slim fingers. Wear a size 7 ring so not gigantic! Disappointed. Will have to stay with the brush on gel that takes longer to use.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Rough on Nails, these are amazing

                  By Ree

                  from Philadelphia, Pa

                  About Me Classic, Professional

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Apply
                  • Fast Drying
                  • Good Value
                  • Long Lasting

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Any Time

                    Comments about Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips:

                    I am a Fashion Stylist, and my day to day activities are pretty rough on my nails. When I get them painted, i am lucky if the polish lasts at least an hour at the most. I also have little patience for drying time. Once you get the hang of applying the strips, it is quick and easy. For me they didn't last the full 14 days but 7, and thats amazing for what I put my nails through. Awesome Product will buy again!

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