A couple of months ago, I was contacted by fellow Instagrammer and local artisan, Heather from The Compton Company, to see if I would be willing to try out a new product she was selling and do an honest review on my blog. I am always willing to try new things, so I asked for more information. She she knew that I liked to look fancy and stylish on my page, and wondered if I would try Color Street Nails. Sigh, then the hesitations set in…
I had tried a rival brand a couple of years before and had a disastrous experience with them! For the life of me, I could NOT make this product work. There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth as I sat at the kitchen table with a sheet of vinyl nail wraps and a hair dryer. These strips that were supposed to look great for a couple of weeks, looked like a mess in just a few hours. Like, I legit damaged a friendship I cared about over hating this product so much (but we’re OK now).
I also have terrible nails. They chip and break really easily. Plus, with typing and playing the piano so much in my job, having long clicky nails drives me crazy. So while I want my hands to look nice in photos, I also know I have no nail game.
Color Street is an MLM. I know there is a LOT of MLM hate going around these days. I have many dear family members, friends, and former students who sell everything from handbags, kitchen gadgets, makeup, diet products, leggings, and personal massagers (ahem!). While I love them all very much… I don’t want to be recruited to sell anything at all. I am not about that life. And, I don’t want to host a party either. I don’t have enough friends, and the ones I do have don’t want to go to that kind of party. (I can actually HEAR one of my friends rolling her eyes right now.) That said, I am a consumer, and if it is a product I like, I will buy something from a loved one when I need it.
I expressed all of those concerns to Heather, and she told me that there was absolutely no pressure whatsoever. She just wanted to get her name and her product out there. She told me that Color Street was different, in that they were actually nail polish and not vinyl, and that they were much easier to apply. So… I told her to send me a few and I’d give them a whirl. (This is starting to sound like I am complaining… I’m really not.)
When my package arrived, she had sent me two sets to try and instructions about how to put them on. Both were gloriously glittery, because glitter is my favorite color. I received a set of purple (called Mardi Gras) and a lovely rose gold (called Coming Up Rose Gold). Each set came with 16 nail strips in varying sizes, an alcohol wipe and an emery board. The instructions seemed fairly simple, so I busted the purple ones out during a Netflix binge to see if I could make them work.
The instructions were pretty easy to follow. You clean your nails with the alcohol wipe first. Then, select the nail that fits most appropriately, peel off the clear front and the protective back, and apply it to your nail firmly, stretching it to fit. The last step is filing the excess with an emery board. I was honestly surprised at how easily they applied and seemed to stick. Plus, the filing part was a cinch too. I didn’t get it perfect on the first attempt. I didn’t really stretch them perfectly and so there were some tiny bare spots on my nails. I tried to fix it by adding excess strip to the nail. While it looked better visually, it made those nails kind of lumpy. Also, I found that the bottom of the nail can get caught in my hair without a super tight seal. But all in all, they didn’t look too bad!
Even after a week and a half, the nails still looked pretty good, but I was ready for a change. Taking them off was fairly straightforward….just use normal nail polish remover. I found that letting a soaked cotton ball sit on the nail for a minute helped it come off easier. The glitter was a little difficult and I had to scrape at it a bit, but normal glitter polish does the same thing.
After the first go around, I learned a couple of things that make the application easier. First, once you open the package, you need to use them and dispose of the leftovers because they will dry out and not work as well. When stretching the nails, stretch horizontally to make the strip wider, or stretch vertically to make the strip narrower. If you are a girl with short nails like me, you can cut the strips in half and only use one set. Then, you store the leftovers by sealing them in the package with a hair straightener. I did this with the rose gold set, and was happy to have a second manicure waiting for me.
Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised with my Color Street Nail experience. They are really simple to use and look nice for a couple of weeks. They even gave my crummy nails some life. Plus, at about $12 per set, that is WAY cheaper than going to the salon and getting a gel manicure, especially if you can hack it for two sets like I can. As the school year approaches and I have to look fancy every day, I will definitely be hopping on Heather’s page and using these more regularly.
** As a side note, The Compton Company is primarily a local maker, specializing in handmade jewelry and accessories. Her products are beautiful and customizable. They are available in several boutiques throughout the Midwest, and online. She also offers “make and take” classes in different locations around the Midwest. I just pre-ordered one of her new Harry Potter necklaces that I am excited to receive.