We’re very excited that the sister entrepreneurs behind US brand Jamberry, have decided to launch their much-coveted nail wraps in the UK. Nail art is fast becoming a big hit with style-savvy Brits; but it’s been tricky to find a product that can be applied easily at home. Fear not DIYers, we have decided to put the Jamberry brand to the test and see if it really can be applied by anyone…
We got some samples in the post and the artwork looks great, the wraps themselves look like little flat stickers, not the thick fake nails we were concerned would show up. So a thumbs up there.
Here’s the application instructions, seem easy enough:
Step 1 – Push back cuticles
Step 2 – Apply alcohol wipe to nail to remove oil
Step 3 – Choose a wrap that best fits your finger without touching the edges
Step 4 – Using a cuticle stick remove the wrap from its backing and apply heat for 2-5 secs (we used a hair dryer but they do sell a little blower which would make it hands-free)
Step 5 – Apply to nail and firmly press down the edges
Step 6 – More heat, more pressing
Step 7 – Use a nail file to file off excess wrap in a downward motion
Step 8 – More heat, more pressing
And here is the outcome! Not too bad if we do say so and I’m pretty sure I’m going to be getting comments about where I went to get them done.
So what’s the cost of these nail wraps?
We were pleasantly surprised by the cost considering how much a trip to the salon can be, a sheet of wraps costs £15 and breaks down into two sets of hands and two sets of feet. I would want to mix them up a bit so would get a few in but I was told they do a buy 3 and get 1 free offer which would take the sheet cost down to £11 or so.
What about gels & acrylics?
We’ve seen that they work on top of both gels and acrylics which is good news for ladies who like their talons a bit longer. We saw some pretty transparent versions that looked like lace so that would look cute over an existing colour for a bit of interest.
Where do we get our hands on some (quite literally!)
There are lots of resellers starting up in the UK and they seem happy to offer samples for you to try before you buy. We’ve seen online parties advertised and also hosted parties in the home (think Avon but cooler) where they’ll show application and play games etc.
The reseller that we spoke to could be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask to join the Facebook group ‘Your Nails Your Style – Jamberry Nails’ for up-to-date news and offers.