I was sent two sample sheets of various sized Jamberry nail wraps when they first became available in New Zealand. Thankfully, I didn’t spend any hard earned money on these, as they don’t live up to Jamberry’s promise of lasting up to two weeks. The longest wear time I’ve managed to get so far is 6 days before the tips started to wear and lift.
Yes, they are quick and easy to apply (I’ll admit that I did watch numerous videos and tutorials before attempting my first application) and they come in a variety of pretty designs and colours, but unfortunately, that is where it ends for me.
I have tried various ways of applying them; over traditional polish and under traditional top coat (2 days wear), directly onto lightly buffed, cleansed nails and topped with a gel top coat (this is when I got the longest wear time of 6 days), over gel polish, as it was a clear Jamberry wrap with a pattern, and topped off with a gel top coat (3 days before they started lifting), sandwiched between gel polish and Correction Gel, etc. Nothing I’ve tried has lasted longer than a week.
Yes, I did size and apply them correctly. I made sure that my nails were clean, dry, lightly buffed and dehydrated before applying the wraps and that the wrap wasn’t touching my skin anywhere and that there was a small gap around the sides of my nail. I have the Jamberry heater and I use a plastic bag to make sure the tips are stuck down properly, even heating it multiple times during application and constantly pressing the tips down firmly.
Honestly, I’m not impressed. For the price they’re asking, I was expecting them to stick much better. The wraps always seem to come unstuck at the tip, no matter how much I heat and press during application. I definitely won’t be purchasing these or recommending Jamberry Nail Wraps to anyone.
Although, with that said, they do have a place in the market, just think of boxed supermarket hair dye vs professional hair salon dye; boxed hair dye is okay but if you want a drop-dead-gorgeous dye job, you’re going to go to a professional salon. It’s the same with these. Jamberry nail wraps will give you an okay-looking manicure that lasts for a few days, but if you want gorgeous nails that last for up to 3 weeks, you’ll need to have them done professionally.
If you get bored easily and like to change your nail polish every few days (or at least once a week), you hate waiting for your traditional nail polish to dry and can’t afford to have regular, professional gel polish manicures, then by all means, give them a try and decide for yourself whether they’re worth it or not.
If you are going to give Jamberry Nail Wraps a go, make sure that your nails are clean and dry. Buff them lightly with a buffer and then clean them with nail polish remover before heating and applying the wrap directly onto the nail (with no polish underneath, if possible). I found that this will give the longest wear time.
Make sure that the wrap is slightly smaller than your nail so that it’s not touching any skin, there should be a 1mm gap between the wrap and the edge of your nail for the best adhesion, and use a small, clear plastic bag to bend the wrap around the tip of your nail while you’re heating it. Remove the bag, press the wrap down along the tip, put the bag back on, heat and press again before buffing off the excess.