I really can't make up my mind about this manicure set.
The first time I tried it - was a disaster! the second time around I managed to get my nails looking so perfect everyone thought they where fake nails/salon manicure.
The third & every subsequent time after that,is has been a complete disaster again. I'm good at doing nails but this product must have been made to drive perfectionists insane because no matter how careful you are,how long you leave it to dry,and whether you apply white tips before or after the pink color,it still comes out streaky. The texture is like water so it's really hard to get it to set nicely. Shame because I purchased the sheer romance kit and I loved the colour but I wont be buying it again.
I think this product is great! I have the Hard as Nails French Manicure kit with nearly nude color coat. I play guitar but i wanted to make my short nails pretty for work. It is my first time doing a french manicure, and i love the guides. The color is smooth with no streaks, and it was only ten dollars for the kit. If it's your first time doing this and you want a manicure that lasts, do it!!
The kit that I got was "Sheer Romance", it comes with three bottles of polish and sheets of French tip guides for $5.99. The colors are a bottle of white polish, a bottle called "sheer French color" which is a pinkish-beige color, and an UV top coat. The guide strips were okay, the white polish is really thick so when the guide strips are peeled off, there's a defined line that doesn't look very professional. The sheer french color was a huge disappointment, it was not sheer at all, it was very streaky and very opaque. After I put it on, it doesn't even look like a French manicure anymore. I put the bottle in the fridge to try again the next day and it didn't help much. The only thing I actually liked about this kit is the UV Top coat. I wouldn't purchase this again as it is a waste of money in my opinion.
I absolutely LOVE this product! I can't say I've experienced the 'streaks' others have had, perhaps the shade has a lot to do with it?
I bought the 'Sheerly Opal' variety and have had nothing but perfection. Even without the UV topcoat (I was in a hurry) the polish lasted for days, through a wedding and two parties! Most impressive.
Ladies, if you work with your hands, this is the kit for you!
Like many reviewers I had issues with streakiness. What I figured out what that you have to give the white tips time to dry COMPLETELY. Not to the level of the first coat of nail polish you do before going over it, but a full 5-10 minutes of waiting. Once I figured out it wasn't drying long enough I had no trouble at all getting great results. I was even able to do the tips freehand (no tape) without a problem due to the narrow brush they include with the white. Basically like with any French manicure in a salon you put down the white first. I really like this kit. Everyone keeps complimenting me on my manicure and assumes I went to a nail salon.
I purchased the Sheer Shimmer set, and I have never seen such a streaky base nail color. I tried to even out the color by applying a second coat and it came out opaque and not sheer....The polish seemed thick out of the bottle and I found it difficult to apply to my nails...The only good thing about this set, if you can get it to work, is the per cost for each bottle and the strips works out to be a bargain. It really deserves 2 1/2 points and I will not buy again.
I have a cracked and bandaged thumbnail, so I decided to have a neutral French Mani until my nail heals. I bought Sally Hansen's "Salon-Perfect" French Manicure kit in Sheer Romance (2288) and I am not impressed- actually tempted to remove the polish all together. The kit comes with "mistake-proof" self-adhesive guides (for manicures and pedicures), a natural white polish with precision tip, and a natural sheer blush shade. The guides are curved to follow the natural line of your nail and I was optimistic while applying the guides. I found that applying the white polish was difficult since the 'precision tip' is needle point thin (as shown in my photo above). Despite waiting for the white polish to thoroughly dry and carefully removing the guides, I wasn't left with a crisp line. The soft blush colour is nice, but I found that even when applied with a light hand, the colour application was streaky and bled into the white. From a substantial distance, the end result is pretty, however when looking at your nails up close you can see the flaw in both application and product.
Time to remove this polish!
This product takes practice as far as the french tip part of the application but the sheer coat came out so streaky. I will not buy this again. After I apply the french tip, I put on the Sally Hansen Gel + Nylon wrap over it, then the UV top coat. It works well enough.
we all know it is a bad idea applying your base white tip as the first step , but this S.H. will not work any other way.
After I removed my tape tips, I made all my corrections with pure acetone I had nice tips.
Except for two, which had some "color bleeding"
I corrected those and started to apply "Sheer French Color".
Doing it for the second time I thought I knew better but I ended up with horrible streaks on my nails which would not "dry away"
The "Sheer French Color" totally f...it up!
I had to remove it all.
At that point I was out of time, used S.H. quick manicure white stick under my nails and a quick "Hard as Nails" coat
in "UV Top Coat". They look lovely.
It is the "Sheer French Color" that should be banned.
The UV Top coat rocks.
Why are there so many negative reviews? I absolutely adore this! I dont usually do a french tip because i go to high school and dont have the time, but i do always apply the sheer colour and a top coat. The sheer colour applies very nicely and dries pretty fast, same with the top coat. The only thing i have to say about this is that the brush scoops up too much product! Other than that, love it!