I tried Incoco nail polish strips not that long ago so I have been wanting to give the Sally Hansen Salon Effects a try for awhile. They run about 10 bucks in the store and yesterday Walgreens was running a last chance sale on a handful of plain colors for $5.19 so I decided to grab a set. Really I prefer the patterns and designs, but that half price sale pulled me in.
There are 16 strips included and they come divided up into two sealed packs of 8. These are in fact strips of actual nail polish that are almost fully dry and finish the drying process when you remove the cover films and press them to your fingers. If they aren't sealed in the foil packs they dry up in a fairy short period before you have the chance to use them.
These apply just like the Incoco strips did. You remove the backing and top film from a strip and press it to your bare nail. It's really flexible and forms easily to the shape of your natural nail. My nails are wavy and it formed perfectly. You need to work fairly quick before it dries.
Next you just file off the excess. And really that's it! It's dry to the touch (but flexible) from the get go, and fully hardens in a few minutes. It has a nice shiny look to it.
I put these on last night and I didn't have any chipping through the night. While that's common for most people, I have paper thin peely fingernails that are super flexible and can't get through a day without most every end chipped off. I couldn't grow my nails long if my life depend on it. Both these and the Incoco strips seem to seriously outlast traditional nail polish for me so I really like them.
I moved pretty fast before the strips dried and I have really short nails so I was able to cut some strips in half and got away with doing my full set of fingernails with one of the sealed 8 packs leaving me the other half for later. So if you have short nails you can stretch that set into two applications dropping the cost per application in half.
I think I slightly prefer the Incoco brand over this because they have a lot more patterns to choose from, and also come with nail polish remover pads. The Incoco strips also seemed thicker to me, but that is probably because I had glitter designs. For the price I prefer designs and patterns and I only bought these in a plain color because of the sale. I also had amazing customer service from Incoco and I value that in a company.
The benefits of Sally Hansen over Incoco are that you can get them instantly because they are at pretty much every corner drugstore, grocery store, and mass merchandiser. Incoco needs to be bought online, at least for me. I have yet to see them in a retail location. You can often find coupons for Sally Hansen products in Sunday papers taking a buck or two off the cost. I also liked the fact that they came in two separate sealed packs of 8, letting me turn my single set into two!
So I guess both brands have benefits but in general I really like these strips over traditional polish painting and I look forward to more (hopefully cheaper) brands popping up.