|Would buy this product again.||61%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Well I'm sold. Granted, I did these yesterday so I can't really tell you about the staying power... but now I know I can give myself a french manicure at home without wanting to break things.
See I'm not exactly a patient person... and usually when I try to give myself a french manicure using those stupid Sally Hansen strip sticker things, I get frustrated very quickly because even though I try to follow the directions and be careful, it still ends up screwing up. But these are simple to use, it's straight forward, and it's almost...dare I say...kinda fun? And in the end, I wound up with professional-looking nails. I only made 2 mistakes-- I used too much white on my index fingers. That's the only thing that's off about it, and that's just because it was my first time and I was trying to go a little fast.
These are really cool... I will buy more of the french manicure kind. I'll probably still stick to my bottled nail polish for solid colors though... I'm happy I found these though, because I like the way french manicures look, but I really hate going to the salon.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I like to use the french manicure strips rather than going to a salon. It's easy to put on and you get a professional look to it. To make it last longer, I put on a top coat every week or so. Right now they are 1.99 in the Avon outlet book and I am totally going to stock up on them! haha.
After I did my nails, a lot of my friends commented on my nails and asked where I got them done. Little did they know that I did it myself at home AND that it cost less than doing it in a salon!
The only setback is the amount in each package and how you can't use the rest. The girl who sells Avon to me KNOWS that I love them and every time they're on sale she always tells me!
I don't know if it is a good thing or not, but when I remove the nail color, it takes a lot of effort. Not that it never comes off, but I know it's not going to peel off or chip off easily.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Ok I looked in the catalog and thought yeah right. So I did a swap for these, and just let me say, I am in love. The cost of these is under $5.00. I used the french manicure. I did the manicure in less than 15 minutes. I went step by step with the direction. Took my time, and smoothed out the air bubbles. Let me say, they look absoutely fabulous! It is 6 days later, and they still look good. I only have one small chip. Same quality as a salon, with only a fraction of the cost. I love it!!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
Love these things! Application is easy, the colors (that I have tried) are amazing, and they last a long time and look perfect in the process--no chips, ridges, bubbles or brush marks. Mine usually last about a week or so, so the price is a little high to me. I can hardly ever sit still long enough for nailpolish to dry (anyone else ever get the impluse to fold laundry for the first time in days when you've recently polished?) and these solve that problem instantly.
5/5, only drawback is the price.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I just used these for the first time today and I must say I am very pleased with it. It took about 3 nails to get the hang of it but I did. I got the instant french manicure in pink and my nails look like I went to a salon. They really do. The real test for me now is if they last....if this polish last a week then my Avon lady will have a definite repeat customer. The only reason I gave it a 4 is because there is some bubbing....it's not that bad though I just put a clear coat over and it seemed to help. ***Update*** Okay it is exactly 7 days later and I still have the polish on with very minimal chipping on only 2 nails, I even went swimming last week. It feels so good to not have to worry about your manicure and have them look good after 7 days! 7 Days & counting people-- even manicures at the salon don't last this long.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
Although I love Avon's Instant Pedicure (Reddy to Go), Instant Manicure didn't live up to my expectations. Assuming they use the same formula for the manicure as they do pedicure, I assumed the polish would last 10-14 days as I'm used to but alas no. I'm pretty hard on my hands (multiple hand washings, lots of typing, shifting books around; I work in a library) after four days of applying (which I found quite easy to do) the polish began to show wear and small cracks. I bought clear, so I'm not sure if the formula is different from the colored polishes but I won't be re-purchasing.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Olive, Cool Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Brown
Ok, I have to give my two cents here. I finally tried the French Manicure version of this product, after having it in a bag in my closet for months, and OMG I am *floored*. First of all, it looks like I got my nails done at the salon. I have NEVER been able to give myself a french manicure like this. Second, it has lasted a FULL WEEK- and that is unheard of for me for any nail polish! It still looks good, I can get a few more days out of this manicure.
All that said, I was real annoyed at first because I kept getting air bubbles in the first few nails that I did. But after that I got the hang of it and it was fine (you have to press down the center first, then out the sides). Then, I topped it with a clear coat of Sally Hensen's Hard as wraps - another Holy grail product- and that pretty much hid the bubbles. Then I finished with a top coat of Sally Hensen's 10-day shine that dries your polish in 30 seconds. It sounds like a lot of work but it only took me about 15 minutes total? And my nails have looked perfect for a WEEK!!!
When this product first came out I did not even consider spending $8 a pop, but for the French manicure version, I definitely will.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
With the Instant Manicure, I don't have to deal with the issues I have when I paint my nails: waiting for the polish to dry, a streaky finish, and having my right hand turn out shittier than my left (we can't all be ambidextrous). They were easy to use and and I had no trouble with the air bubbles. I just lined up the bottom of the sticker with my cuticle, pressed down the center, then down the sides. Getting the excess off was kind of annoying, but not a huge deal. It took more time than I thought, trying to get it perfect, but it looks a lot better than my painting efforts. I don't know what to do with the leftover stickers because it's not like I have four extra nails to do; it feels like such a waste tossing them... I'd use them again, and if Avon lowered the price, I'd be a bit more inclined to purchase it.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Tan Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I was one of the first ones to try this, as my Avon rep doesn't do her nails so passed her trial set on to me. I liked the idea of it, unfortunately the product needs a LOT of help. She said that Avon had heard lots of negative feedback, so they were going to consider their options. Well, it's been a year and they've done nothing to improve this product. I'm just glad I didn't spend money on it.
Applying the strips took longer than doing a start-to-finish mani on myself. They were a pain to smooth out. After one day, the product was chipping off. And these retail for $8!! I can get a bottle of OPI for HALF that price.
Absolute rip-off. If Avon wants to appeal to the mass-market, they better start making higher-quality products.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Garbage. I bought 5 sets of these off of ebay - what a mistake! The first set I tried didn't fit any of my nails to the edges, so there was always a little bit of white showing. I also noticed that it was impossible to completely smooth all of the bubbles out of the polish without another area of the polish peeling up and away from my nail. The simple "bend and break off" process isn't as simple as they would like you to believe either. A few of my nails ended up looking as if the polish had been torn at the tips. I really tried to like this product and thought that it would be great to take with me on trips and when I just didn't have time to do a decent job with the real stuff, but after 30 minutes of aggrevation I decided differently. Guess what? A month later I tried them again (after all I had 5 sets). No suprise, they still suck.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
Full Disclosure-I am an Avon Representative.
If any of my customers were to ask me if this product was worth it, I would have to tilt my head and say-"maybe".
When I first saw this product, I was like "oh the awesomeness of Avon, a finger nail polish that is easy to use, and lasts, and dries instantly!" And then, I bought a package, and realized that this product may not be teh awesome that I thought it was. In other words, like anything in life that is worth doing, I have to put in a little effort to get a decent result.
First off, i never was great at doing pedicures and manicures. It was something that just wasn't emphasized around my house growing up. Plus my mom hated the way polish chipped, and I was a klutz, getting more polish on my cuticles and fingers than on the nail. At best, I just pushed my cuticles back, and put on some clear polish, when my nails got too long, I just hacked them off. But, ooh, the jealousy that I would get when I saw someone one with beautiful perfectly polished nails. Off I would go to the nail studio, only to be frustrated when my polish would chip.
So, along comes this instant manicure product. I think, okay, you knit, you can do this.
Not hardly. The packaging was like breaking into fort Knox. For the record the lighter colored and more "glitterly" the instant manicure set is, the more "sticky" it will be. I wish I had known that before I ordered. Finding the right size was a challenge for me, and peeling the nail color off the backing, the polish wrinkled and then was unuseable. Once I got the sticker on the nail, I couldn't cut the excess off easily.
I was almost in tears that I couldn't get this "easy, effortless, instant manicure done in 5 minutes, as opposed to the 45 minutes it took me. I put this product in my-"I will sell it to you if you want it, but let me tell you something, I hated this product so much that if you can't get them on after two stickies, give me a call and I will take it back" catagory.
Then, a funny thing happened. I was a representative for a church's Queen for the Day program. My district manager said we are going to put on those instant manicures, and I said-"OH, NOT THOSE!" However, being the awesome District Manager, she gave me sheets to practice with. And once I was able to get the technique, I was like "hey, these products are pretty cool"
What follows is what I learned:
1. Start with clean, dry nails and do push your cuticles back. I put cuticle cream on my cuticles, push them back, and then wash my hands. Next, and this is important, I swipe my nails with Nail polish remover, and if using glittery package, I also spritz with Rubbing Alchohl, But, only if I don't have paper cuts or something. let it dry. The manicure won't stick if you don't do this step.
2. I open the package, side ways. Once the package is open, whatever you don't use will dry out in 5 hours.
3. Starting with my pinky, I gently lay the sticky down. Using my orange stick, I gently rub the air bubbles out. If I chose a slightly smaller sticky, and it didn't cover the nail bed, I just take a leftover and lay it over the the naked part of the nail bed, and smooth the two lines together.
4. I am able with practice to bend the excess over the nail, and using my thumb, score the edge, and rip off the excess. It's not perfect, but with practice I am getting better.
5. Next, I smooth out the bubbles again. I do my thumbs last, as i really need them to help pull the excess off.
6. I apply a quick dry clear coat. This is so the manicure will last.
8. One last thing, the polish is "soft" when I apply it. You do have to wait a bit before you go washing dishes, but you don't have worry about smudging too much.
using this technique, with applying a clear coat instant dry, my manicure lasts 5-8 days. Plus, I kind of have fun peeling it off when it starts to curl. A normal manicure, which I can't do very well at all, costs me 20 bucks, and chips in three days.
Plus, I love these for travel, and for things like Weddings, etc.
The bottom line is don't believe the hype. There really is no such thing as "instant manicure" and what results you get, are going to be based on the effort you put in.
Now, final note, as a rep, I can get samples. If my customer wants these, I enclose a whole package of samples for her to practice with. I also will demo these, so she can see the procedure. I also tell customers, "let's wait until they are on sale" or I will order them from the campaign they were on sale because the high rate of failure that these products have with customers. Really, if you are just ordering them off the web, you probably will hate these. Find a rep, ask her for practice samples, and to notify you when they go on sale, because once you have the technique
down, they are great for travel, impromptu date nights/club nights, or emergency wedding issues.
P.S. Some other things, I found these really strengthened my nails, and my nails seemed stronger and longer. Also, the darker colors are great, but they will stain your nails if you leave them on, and you kind of are "stuck" because the sticky won't stick if you put a protective coat of clear on first. but, you know, since I put these in my "impromptu or emergency beauty kit" I am not really bugged by that.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I LOVE this product. Especially the Instant French Manicure. My nails look like I went to a salon. Super easy to use.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Green
Save your money. I bought these for me and my mom since I'd heard they were so cool. I did my mom's for her and did mine myself. The packaging is neat - I mean they're thin and easy to stick in a drawer. However, that is where the handy part ends. My mom's turned out fairly well, but I felt that the individual nail strips weren't wide enough, even for her small hands and thin fingers. It was also easy to push hers under her nails so as to make sure they covered the tops of the nails and also to break them off - easy though, because my nails were naked. When I tried to do that to my own, the enamel on the nails I had already done would get pushed back. Also with mine, I needed two "coats." I had a bright pink color, and one strip was far too sheer, not to mention too narrow. So, after I tore the strips, I'd place the remaining enamel down on top of the 1st coat, so as to give more color and to cover the sides of the nails that didn't get color. This process took well over an hour, and on the second day, my nails are already peeling The novelty factor wore off about 20 minutes into it. This was so not worth it, and at $5 or $6 a pop, getting one manicure out of them is way too expensive. It would have been easier and quicker to do my own nails with paint!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
This is a great idea but just does not work for a lot of people. I have "curvy" nails; not flat nail beds so I had a hard time getting a smooth application. I would not repurchase as it took me longer to put these strips on than if I painted my nails.
Definetly pass for me.
I will stick with a traditional polish.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I just wanted to try these for fun. What a waste of money! They don't work and are a hassle to apply. Great idea, but horrible product design.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other, Tan Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I've already reviewed the Instant Pedicure (mine is the first MUA review of that product)...I tried the Instant Manicure back when it came out, actually, but I forgot to review it on here! I love this product and I am super impressed with Avon for this wonderful innovation. This basically lets me "paint" my fingernails easily, quickly, and well, which I am not really able to do at all with regular polish, and it dries instantly, eliminating the problems I have had with regular nail polish smudging and denting. I had actually given up on having colored fingernails since I don't have time to run to a salon all the time and wait for the polish to dry...this lets me have some fun with my nails again!! There really isn't much smell compared to regular polishes, and whatever little smell there is quickly dissipates. And the instant manicure stays on me for almost 2 weeks! To help prolong it I do try to wear gloves when washing dishes and other such activities. I think this is worth the price for people like me who cannot do their own nails with regular polish (or have no patience for the drying time)! It looks wonderful on me and much better than a regular polish job. There is a decent number of pretty colors that this comes in and right now I am wearing "pink in gold" which as the name suggests is a pinkish gold color with lots of shimmer--nice for summer! By the way: I've noticed some complaints about there being 16 "stickers" instead of 20. The idea Avon had was to give a range of sizes so you can find a good fit for each of your nails...it isn't to have two manicures' worth in one pack! And the product isn't designed for layering (i.e. putting on a "second coat")...if you want darker, more opaque coverage, go with a darker shade. The light shades are pretty sheer. A final note: if you keep your instant manicure pack around too long (like a year or more), then yes, it might wrinkle and then peel off your nails. Just as old nail polish doesn't work so well or look so good, neither does old instant manicure, I've found. So beware if you are ordering off e-bay, because it is likely they stocked up a while back and are selling old product!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
crap. takes just as long- if not longer- to paint your nails the regular way. and then it just peels off anyways.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
OK, so initially I agreed that the price was a little much for this product. That was BEFORE I actually used it! I LOVE IT!!!
I have never been very good at painting my own nails - especially the sloppy left-handed painting of my right hand. When I could come up with a paint job that would suffice, it would last a day at most.
So my view here is a little different than other reviews. YES, if you are comparing it to buying a bottle of polish, it's expensive. But it IS what is says - an INSTANT MANICURE. It lasts like a salon manicure, looks like a salon manicure, it's just plain BETTER than polish. So in terms of price - I could spend $12 getting my natural nails painted at the salon. In those terms, I'm saving about $8 a manicure using this Avon product.
I am quite anxious to try other colors. Going on a cruise next month, and I will be taking an a array of them along for quick change manicures!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
i don't really like these. first of all, for one set of these, and that means one application, you could buy a nice bottle of nail polish that would last certainly a lot longer than one application. so even thought the purpose of these is to be comepletely different than traditional nail polish, i think they should be a lot cheaper. second, i found it really hard to match the size of my nails with the stickers. none of them fit! i also have short nails so it was really hard to tear the strip off at the nail without getting ripples all over the end. i tried cutting them and every method of smoothing them over i could think of and nothing made them look at least half way decent. i ended up taking it all off. so, for me, these ended up taking just as long to put on as does regular nail polish. i think these might be useful for people with longer nails, and whose nails match the width of the stickers. otherwise, they're just a waste.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I certainly don't care for using these on an everyday basis, but I do like them very much for travel. I do my nails (with regular polish) just before I leave on a trip, and then toss these and a single polish remover pad in my toiletries kit. If my nails chip while I am out of town, it is a trivial matter to take off the old polish and apply the instant manicure, with no fuss about bottles breaking or leaking in my luggage and making a mess. A limited application, true, but still a useful one.