January 18, 2013

Review: Essie's Sleek Sticks Nail Appliques

Essie recently joined the nail sticker craze and came out with their own collection called "Sleek Sticks" which feature 12 high fashion designs. I loved all the designs and knew I had to give them a try as a nail art freak. I decided on "Stickers and Stones" which is described as "a bubbly cabochon angora pewter." They cost $10.25 and you receive 16 appliques.

Zappos put some ugly sticker on the front of it 
Inside there's instructions, a nail buffer and cuticle stick:


Application is just like other nail stickers. Add the nail sticker to your nail, press firmly and then buff off excess:
Voila!
My attempt at recreating the top image lol
Pros:
- Gorgeous designs! I really could purchase all of the styles available.
- Reasonable price. Sally Hansen nail stickers cost $10 so they're within the price range of other nail appliques.
- Came with a cuticle stick. The Sally Hansen nail stickers do too but this one was clear versus wooden. I enjoyed using it.

Cons: 
- Too thick. One of the benefits of Sally Hansen stickers is that I could sometimes get two nails out of one sticker. With these, since they're so thick, I can't easily break it into a clean piece.
- Hard to file down. Since the sticker is so thick, it required that I file each nail so I had to basically reshape all my nails as I went along.
- Odd amount. All the nail stickers give you an odd amount for some reason. I can't create 2 manis with 16 appliques. However, sometimes with the Sally Hansen ones I could because as I mentioned I could use one sticker for two nails.

Would I buy it again? Yes. Although I don't know that I want to pay for shipping but haven't been able to locate them in stores yet.

Have you tried Essie's Sleek Sticks yet? What are your thoughts?


41 comments:

  1. Ohhhh I love this! I've seen them in my local walgreens but haven't gotten a chance to try them yet!!! :)

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  2. I love the design! How can you get two out of 1 with the Sally? I always mange to file them and the ends would stick together or rip or something. I need your talent lol

    <3
    heather
    fashionistanygirl.com

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    1. You can pull the stickers to fit your nails better so usually they break in a clean line so I can use it again on the other nail. lol I wouldn't necessarily call it talent :p

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  3. Thank you for this. I was curious if they applied the same as they other brands.

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  4. Soooooooo pretty!!! Love them!!! I think I'd like them if they were thicker but I don't have the best luck with the stickers because my nail beds are so wide. Boo. Haha!!

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    1. Thicker? They're pretty thick for nail stickers. Aww I like the Sally Hansen ones because you can make them fit your nails better.

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  5. Ooo, I definitely want to try these- they have such awesome designs! That's a bummer that you can't get two nails out of one strip because that's usually what I do with the other brands as well.

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    1. Right? They don't break off smoothly because they're so thick :/

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  6. I can never get these to go on straight but I wish I could...they look fantastic on you!

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    1. haha well I don't think this design and most have to go on "straight"

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  7. I have tried to do this twice but with Sephora. The first time went OK and lasted 7 days but the second time was a disaster...

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    1. I have a set of sephora ones that I need to use haha but the Julep ones were pretty close to the thickness level and I hated them. These stick better than the Julep ones and fit nails better. All the Julep ones were too big for my nails!

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  8. ADORE this I will have to have! So pretty!

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  9. This is the first time that I've seen how these are put on, so thanks for that. And thanks for the breakdown!

    I just stumbled upon your blog on Bloglovin and I'm so glad I did. I'm following you now!

    Kate from Clear the Way

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  10. Those are cute. I may have to try those!

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  11. These are really pretty! I've seen them on a few blogs

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    1. Yeah they're the new hot item in the nail world hehe

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    1. Hopefully you'll get your hands on them soon :)

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  13. I'm never usually a fan of nail stickers but these actually look pretty cool. I love the look of these ones.

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    1. Yeah these have pretty cool nail designs... ones that can't be easily recreated which is why I like to use nail stickers

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  14. i love the way they look! definitely need to try them!

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  15. The nails are lovely! How long do they last?

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    1. They didn't last more than a few days for me. I ended up peeling them off :/

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  16. They look great! Do they last longer than the Sally Hansen ones?

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    1. Not for me :( It's also hard to put a top coat since they're so thick

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  17. i've got the revlon ones that look similar that i wanna try out

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    1. Ohh I'll have to check out the Revlon ones... you love Revlon ;)

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  18. Thanks for the review and I love that design! I was just writing a review of the Sally Hansen ones as well!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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    1. Love the Sally Hansen ones! I have so many :x

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  19. I saw these in the store and I was considering them so thanks for the review. I really love this pattern, but I don't like how thick it is and the number of stickers in the package.

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    1. They also left a lot of adhesive on my nails after I peeled them off :/ But they're still pretty and nice to try

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  20. The designs are cute but they def look thick!!

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  21. I love the design on these! This is a trend that hasn't quite hit yet where I live, but I can easily get various brands online so that's not a problem. As I'm not very good at doing manicure myself, stickers are a godsend:)

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  22. There are eighteen stickers per pack. Not sixteen.

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  23. I love the wear time I got out of these. But I like to do one full mani with them, and then just do the second time with an accent nail of a polish. (The 'love to love you' looked really cute with a black accent.) I also found it was really easy to get these smooth with the flat end of the included cuticle stick.

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