Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips Wine Not

Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips Wine NotAs many of you know I am a huge fan of the Sally Hansen Salon Effects line. Genius product, wears wonderfully, easy to apply. Can’t say enough good things. When I learned Sally Hansen was coming out with a version of their nail polish strips just in gel, instead of regular polish, form I was pretty excited.

These Wine Not Insta-Gel Strips were included in my Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips Starter kit though they can also be purchased separately ($15.99 MSRP). Color wise, the Wine Not strips are a classic deep red with shimmer. The color is lovely although fairly basic.

Included with the 16 strips is a nail file and cuticle stick. The application instructions for the Gel Strips are the same as the Salon Effects. I did an entire post on applying polish strips so I’m not going to rehash that here. If you’re interested in that please check out this post.

Applying these strips was a challenge. The strips are thick making them seem more like nail stickers than gel strips. My guess is this is due to the gel base coat that has been worked into these strips.

Due to the thickness of these strips it was difficult to get the strips flat on the nail. Unfortunately, even after adding the top coat and curing the strips under the LED lamp, the places where the strips did not lay flat peeled off very easily.  I didn’t get 2 days out of these strips, never the less 2 weeks!

In the future I will definitely be sticking with the original Salon Effects. I can always add a gel top coat and cure that manicure to extend the wear even more!

There are a couple more swatches below the jump!


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6 responses to “Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips Wine Not

  1. Definately a ‘meh’, then. Thank you kindly for trying and telling, thus saving us some cash. Pictures look quite lovely though, but you always have lovely nails.

    • These really aren’t worth it. I don’t like doing negative reviews (they aren’t any fun!) but I’m always happy to be the Guinea pig!

  2. I purchased the “shall we dance” starter kit mainly for the lamp and top coat…and there was a coupon on the box! I had read the review prior and had little hope for the strips, but saw the value in the other items in the kit. I tried the strips and was pleasantly surprised, they went on smooth and are not thick actually, they are very sheer. I’m sure the darker the color the more challenging the strip will be to work with. I like the results and would try another color in the gel line.

  3. Thanks so much for posting this. I bought the Wine Not kit in addition to the regular salon effects Amazing Lace strips (I wanted an accent nail) and I found the gel strips were harder to shape and after 6 days, I’ve removed the mani. The regular strips stayed on SOOO well with the top gel coat so in the future, I’ll be doing regular strips and curing them with the gel coat. I’m also going to try my regular polish with the top gel coat. I’ve checked around and there have been amazing reviews if you let the regular polish dry 100%. It will take all night (get cozy with Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal) but by all accounts, it will actually last.

    • Curing normal nail polish or the salon effects strips is definitely the best way to use it! I haven’t tried gel nail polish yet but it’s on my list of things to do 🙂

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