Core Worlds Couture With Jay Krebs
Greetings, Core Worlders!
This week in Core Worlds Couture, I’ll be reviewing the latest themed offerings from Jamberry Nails, Star Wars: The Last Jedi Nail Wraps collection.
Nail wraps are basically like stickers for your nails, and give the wearer a ready-manicure without having to go to the salon. Jamberry has been known for their wide array of themes and styles, and it is very exciting to see so many Star Wars designs come available!
Currently, there are 14 styles to choose from…everything from basic themes like “Dark vs Light,” “Galactic Unrest,” and “Droids,” to specific characters such as Leia, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, C-3PO and Stormtroopers. There’s also a “junior” set of wraps available in the Stormtrooper and “Dark vs. Light” theme styles, so little hands can get in on the action as well!
Each set comes with 18 wraps, so you can choose the sizes that fit your nails the best. When you use the wraps, you cut each one in half, so you’re actually getting 36 wraps altogether. The wrap sets sell for $18 each, and right now, there is a special “buy 3 get one free” going on. You can either buy direct from the website (which is what I did), or you can work through a consultant: think along the lines of Avon…you can even have Jamberry parties if you can find a local consultant, and you can use the search tool on the website to do just that.
I paid $4.99 in S/H charges, but you will see the estimate in the cart before you check out. I was able to complete my purchase with PayPal, and I ended up receiving my shipment in 6 business days.
If you end up liking the products (or perhaps you are already a Jamberry fan), you can sign up to be a “Style VIP,” which allows you to subscribe for $15/year. With the subscription, you automatically save 15% on every regular-priced item, and can register for easy checkout.
Ease of use and initial reactions:
This is my first Jamberry experience. I have used other nail wraps before (see my Espionage Cosmetics review), and I really do like the overall ease of use and look of them.
The Jamberry wraps were very easy to apply. There is a tutorial for both application and removal, but you do NOT need all of the extra tools they sell in order to get a good application.
I did file/shape and buff my nails before application, and used rubbing alcohol on each nail to remove any oils or soap residue. The instructions recommend slightly heating the wrap before application, to get a good adhesive seal. I used a hair blow-drier on low heat, and an orange stick to help me apply each wrap.
I usually have longer nails to start with, so I was extra curious to see how the wraps would hold up on shorter nails, and how they would look overall. I used the “Galactic Unrest” wraps, and there were a couple of nails where the tippy-top of the design (Rebel or Imperial symbol) barely made it to the tip of the nail, so if you have really short nails, keep that in mind for designs that feature a picture like that.
After application, the instructions said to apply heat and pressure to each nail, securing the wrap in place. Once again, I used my blow-drier, and voilà…a great Star Wars manicure!
The entire process took me about 40 minutes. I have enough wraps left to do another application, as well. If you are planning on keeping the extra wraps (and why not…?!) I would suggest keeping the wraps in the original plastic envelope, as sealed as possible away from air, and keep in a cool, dry area of your abode, so they don’t end up drying out over time.
If nail wraps can last a week for me, I’m pretty happy! Especially considering the fact that I’m a culinary arts teacher, and on an average school day, I wash my hands about 50 times a day, not to mention hand-washing loads of dishes. As of the writing of this review, I’ve had the wraps on for 6 days, and I’ve had no major problems with them whatsoever: no lifting, tearing, or discoloration. I have had a little feathering at the ends of the nails, but a quick hit with a file and it smooths right out. There’s also been a little bit of shrinkage and wrinkling, but nothing major. You can see the comparison in the picture below (I apologize for the not-so-professional photo quality).
I haven’t removed the wraps yet, so I will have to an update when that happens. I’ll be sure to post on my Twitter feed, so check back for my thoughts!
Final thoughts and rating:
For the look, ease of the application, and longevity, I think the $18 price tag is well worth it. I just might sign up for the VIP status, because there are tons of fun designs available. Right now, I’ve got my eye on some fall styles, Wonder Woman, and NBA wraps (go Cavs)!
As for my numbers, I give these wraps a 5/5 Galactic Credits Rating! So far, I can’t find fault in these stars! 😉
Do you have experience with any Jamberry products? Have any more tips for application or removal? I would love to hear any thoughts or reactions you’re willing to share, and I hope you found this review helpful. Please leave your thoughts below, or you can contact me on one of my many social media outlets!
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