Tuesday, February 5, 2013

OMG nail strip review

Hey everyone! Today I'm gonna show y'all some nail foil strips I was sent back in December from OMG Nail Strips for review. I was really excited about them when I was first contacted by the company, but when they arrived at my house I kept putting off using them until finally last weekend I bit the bullet and decided to try them out. Usually when I get something to review (or any new thing actually haha) I want to use it immediately, but I was nervous about these strips because I'd never used anything like them before and I didn't know what it would be like. Silly, right? The fear of the unknown.

Anyway, this is what the strips look like (I'm not showing the packaging because it was beta release packaging so if you order them it will look different, I think). This set is the zig zag silver and black nail foil strip set.

OMG Nail Strips zig zag silver and black nail foil strips

The packaging I got didn't have the full instructions, but Will, who had originally contacted me to do the review, sent me an email with these instructions:

1. Clean and manicure nails and cuticles prior to applying nail strips
2. Peel nail strips from the flat side of the strip, the rounded side will be placed just above your cuticles. (If you have shorter nails you may want to cut the nail strips to length leaving about 3/4" hanging off the tip of your nail)
3. Place the round side of the nail strip at the base of your cuticle. Applying pressure from the middle of the cuticle press around in one direction and then the other.
4. Holding the nail strip at the cuticle base stretch the nail strip over the tip of the nail while smoothing out any creases on the side
of the nail.
5. Using a cuticle pusher tuck the nail foil in along the cuticle base.
6. Hold your nail so it is facing up and with a thin nail file, filing in a (downward only) direction remove the excess nail foil from the tip and around the sides of your nail.
7. Now that your nail foil is applied use a hair dryer on high heat and your finger to smooth out any remaining imperfections.

So let's see how I did, shall we?

OMG Nail Strips zig zag silver and black nail foil strips

Not... great. I followed all the directions. I cleaned, placed, smoothed, and pulled. Then smoothed some more. Then smoothed some MORE. After much smoothing of wrinkles and tucking in of edges, I obediently trained my hair dryer on each of my fingernails and smoothed even more. And still...

OMG Nail Strips zig zag silver and black nail foil strips

I just couldn't get them to fit quite right. I was bummed because I really liked the way they looked and wanted them to look awesome on my nails. They're so shiny and metallic and cool looking! But alas, I don't think a love affair between me and nail foils was meant to be.

OMG Nail Strips zig zag silver and black nail foil strips

On my thumb and my pinkie they looked awesome - flat and without creases at the edges of my nails. But I guess that my other nails are shaped differently or something because I just could not for the life of me get them to smooth out properly on those nails.

They do look really cool from further away, though!

OMG Nail Strips zig zag silver and black nail foil strips

Based solely on my experience I don't know that I'd recommend these foils. However, to be fair, I will say that they are cheap, fairly easy to apply, and may work just fine on other nail shapes. If you aren't a perfectionist or you like trying new things (or have nails that are shaped differently from mine!) then you'll probably like them. I'm just not sure they're for me, unfortunately!

What do you guys think of these? Would you want to try them or have you ever tried nail foils? I'd love to hear about your experience with them if you have!

Disclosure: The product in this post was provided for an honest, unbiased review.


  1. oh how deceiving that the wrinkles continue to show after smoothing and smoothing! but you're right from afar they look awesome!

  2. How hard were they to take off? I'm always curious about that with nail strips and foils. When I tried Sally Hansen nail strips, it came off like a sticker a few hours after I put it on. Not exactly what I had been hoping for.
    These do have a cool design. I don't think you'd even notice the wrinkles as an on-looker.

    1. They were really easy to take off - they just peeled off like stickers. I only wore them for a couple hours, though, so if I had worn them longer they may have adhered to my nails better.

      Agreed! The wrinkles were super noticeable to me but that's because I'm a perfectionist and I'm also used to taking close-up photos of my nails all the time. If I was just looking for something quick and easy to make my nails look cool I think I would have liked these a lot more!

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  4. I think they look great! I haven't tried nail foils, but have been curious about them. So thanks for sharing your experience :)

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  6. Aww too bad they didn't lay as smoothly. I really like the design though :)

  7. I have similarly shaped nails and the nail stickers I tried had the same problem. I pulled, blowdried, filed, swore, and still - wrinkles. I think if we had less rounded nails it would work better.

  8. I've tried nail foils and I hate them! I am a pro with those Salley Hansen strip designs, but foils I cannot get smooth. I am admittedly a perfectionist as well but I do my nails for happiness, no wrinkles allowed!

    I'll stick with the real polish strips like Sally Hansen. Have you tried those? I use a base coat with them and they stay on for days no problem! And no wrinkles :-)

  9. They look really great from afar! :P I really like the design though. Also, this is a weird observation but daaaang, girl, your fingers are so long! :P (It's a good thing!)


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