That’s a Wrap: The Best Nail Wraps, Decals & Stickers
by Shannon Bauer
The cost of getting and maintaining a professional manicure can be expensive, and DIY nail art is time-consuming and requires skill. Luck for you, many brands offer nail strips in myriad designs and colors. Check out the brands that make the best at-home nail wraps.
Avon Nail Art Design Strips
What It Is: Avon Nail Art Design Strips give a salon look without the mess and effort of applying nail polish. The strips are sold exclusively on Avon.com for $10.
The Avon nail art design strips come in 11 different designs, from artistic newsprint to bedazzled gems. Select the size that matches your nail, stick them on, and file away the excess. The trendy patterns are like jewelry for your nails, plus the brand debuts new designs every season. Tip: Be sure to match up the strip sizes to your nails and be careful to avoid wrinkles when applying.
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips
What It Is: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips come in 24 fashion-forward styles and are sold at drugstores and beauty retailers. For a pack of 12 polish strips, expect to pay $10.
The Salon Effect polish strips come in a wide variety of fun designs, from fierce leopard to a girly French. They’ll feel like nail polish—the brand says they ARE nail polish—only in strip form. There’s no heat or drying time required, and the polish strips last nearly 10 days with the help of a clear top coat.
Jamberry Nail Wraps
What It Is: Jamberry joined the nail wrap game in 2010. Like most others, the brand includes 18 wraps per sheet, but they’re a little pricier at $15 plus tax and shipping. The wraps must be set with heat, and should last up to two weeks on fingers and up to four weeks on toes.
Jamberry nail wraps come in hundreds of designs that change seasonally, plus the site offers a nail studio that allows you to create your own designs. We love mixing the designs or using two on accent nails with a polish mani. Check out the brand’s site to see how Instagrammers are styling their nail wraps.
Color Secrets Professional Nail Appliques
Not for the faint of heart, Color Secrets Professional decals are patterned, brightly colored, and have rhinestone details. They’re perfect for a special occasion or a fun night out. We love the duo-tone Bow Party nail applique for a feminine finishing touch.
Essie Sleek Sticks
What It Is: The brand that garnered a cult following and became synonymous with great nail polish now offers nail decals. The sleek appliques come in 12 fun designs and cost about $10. Essie nail stickers are available online and at local drugstores.
Essie is one of few high-quality polish brands that also sell nail wraps. Each pack contains 18 appliques in nine sizes, making it easy to find the perfect fit for your nail. The designs are all chic, but we’re partial to the romantic calligraphy of love to love you. We just have one caveat: The brand claims a long-lasting wear, but we experienced chips within the first week. Apply a top coat daily to extend your mani.
Kiss Nail Strips
The classic style comes with 28 appliques in a pack, and there are tons of unique designs to choose from. Seal with a top coat for extended wear. The gel strips arrive with 20 full nail strips and 20 French strips. Apply a gel top coat and cure with an LED light for two weeks of wear.
NCLA Nail Wraps
The NCLA website features more than 100 unique designs that are some of the most elaborate patterns we have seen. You might never be royal, but your nails can look it with the luxe Rococo design. Plus—coming soon to the app store—the myNCLA app allows you to turn your pictures into one-of-a-kind nail wraps!