I’ve heard a lot about Jamberry lately, and I’ve seen quite a few people wearing their nail wraps, so I decided I wanted to try them myself. They haven’t been around for too long. From what I read, they came up with the idea in 2010.
I don’t do manicures too often anymore, because my nails always seem to be really dry, weak and flaky, and I don’t want to make them worse. But lately they haven’t been too bad. This time I thought nail wraps might be the way to go, seeing as they likely wouldn’t ‘chip’ or come off as easily as regular nail polish does.
You definitely have to have quite a bit of patience putting these on, especially if you have shaky hands like me. But at the same time, it’s quite fun. Finding the right sizes for the nails proved a bit difficult for me. The sizes seemed to be either too small or too big, and there weren’t too many perfect fits. Rather than cutting the larger ones to fit, I decided to go with slightly smaller ones so there was a bit of a gap at the side of some of the nails. Oh well, no big deal.
I found the Jamberry heater really easy to use and I wouldn’t recommend trying to put them on without using heat of some sort. Yes, they’re sticky as they come, but the heat really helps the glue grab hold of your nails. Be sure to smooth the wrap out using a rubber cuticle pusher, to avoid getting air bubbles. If you do get air bubbles, the nail wrap will start peeling a lot sooner. Jamberry have a really good guide to the application and removal that you should check out.
This is is what the wraps ended up looking like on my nails. Sorry about the bad lighting, I took these photos with my phone. I’ll work on better lighting in the future!
The design I used for this test isn’t a favourite for me personally. I kind of like the look of it, but it doesn’t work as well on shorter nails as it would on longer nails. My nails aren’t the shortest, but they’re definitely not as long as I wish they were. The silver stripe looks a bit out of place on some of the shorter nails. No need to worry though, Jamberry have heaps of different designs that would work just as well on shorter nails. If you do have shorter nails, I would look for the designs that have the same pattern over the whole nail rather than stripes.
If you do like the design i tested, but maybe not the colour, it comes in several different colours.
How long they last
I’m pretty impressed with how long they lasted. They do peel a bit at the tip after a few days, which can feel quite annoying. It’s not the whole wrap that peels, just the very top plastic layer. When it does, it catches on fabric and similar when you brush against it, but I powered through it and after a while, the very edge came off (not visible unless you look real close) and they started to feel fine again.
I took the below photo after I had been wearing them for two weeks. Sorry for the bad lighting, I took the photo at night time. As you can see, my nails have grown a bit, and the wraps have come off a bit at the edges of the nails, but in all honesty, they look pretty amazing for two weeks in! I reckon I’ll keep them on for another week or so.
I have to be honest here, they are definitely on the pricier side. This particular design is currently going for NZD 17.50 per sheet. But the positives are that they have really cool designs to choose from, and they last for a very long time compared to other wraps. You sort of have to weigh up what you’re willing to pay for the designs as well as the quality.
Have you tried Jamberry nail wraps? What did you think of them?