Nail Art “Mondays”: Jamberry Cupcake Nail Shields

jamberry cupcakes So, here it is, as promised. I was able to get a new wifi adapter for my PC, I guess my other one got fried during a power bump. So now I’m back on the web! Today’s “nail art” is a little different from the usual, and it’s also a review. See, not too long ago I was contacted by Tara Iorio (hey Tara, sorry it took so long to get this review up, obviously from internet issues, & it took a while for the package to get here). Tara is an independent consultant for Jamberry Nails, the acclaimed “newest trend in nail art”. They are non-toxic, and fairly easy to apply. They are also supposed to last up to two weeks on nails & six to eight weeks on toes. They contain no formaldehyde, so they’d be great for little girls (though more nail polish brands are going for more and more non-formaldehyde formulas, or so I believe, correct me if I’m wrong 🙂 ). Anyways, Tara asked if I’d like to give them a try & post a review here on my blog, I agreed with much enthusiasm. I got everything I needed on Saturday, and so now here’s my review. Oh, and I’m also thinking about introducing a star system (like, how many stars out of 5) to my reviews, so let me know if you’d be interested in that. 🙂 

I was overwhelmed with all of the choices that are available to purchase from Jamberry. I chose the cupcake design, because, well, who doesn’t love cupcakes? They’re just so adorable! The moment I got the box I was excited. Everything was so beautifully packaged & I just loved opening it all up, it was like Christmas morning almost.

jamberry unboxing

Tara was kind enough to send me everything I needed (sans the blow dryer). All needed instructions, a nail buffer, cuticle stick, nail file, the shields (obviously) & a small manicure set that had a nail file, clippers, cuticle pusher, and nail scissors. Also included were 2 sanitary wipes to clean your nails with, but I didn’t use these as I just followed Tara’s suggestion of washing up with dish soap. It also came with a catalog of the designs, and a couple of her cards. And all this was packaged in a cute little baggie tied with pink ribbon ^_^.




mani set


So on to the application. I didn’t take pictures during this because well….kind of hard to hold the blow dryer, the nail shield, and try to take a picture…lol. The instructions are pretty straight forward,

  1. Clean nails with nail polish remover or alcohol.
  2. Cut & file nails to desired length & shape.
  3. Buff top of the nail & push back cuticle.
  4. Match nail(finger or toe) to the nail shield that fits best.
  5. Peel off nail shield & warm with a blow dryer for 10-15 seconds or until soft & flexible.
  6. When warm, press shield onto nail. Apply firm pressure around edges to adhere the shield to the nail. Use rubber cuticle pusher to seal the shield around the cuticle.
  7. Trim the top with scissors & file off remaining shield using a downward motion to remove excess.
  8. Apply heat & pressure to the shield again until it is sealed to the nail.

OK, easy enough right? Though, to be fair, they’re unclear as to the heat setting you should have the blow dryer on. I found that when I used mine on high heat the shields would pucker and bubble some when I put them on my nail, so use the low setting on your dryer if possible. The application process was pretty simple and straightforward, honestly probably took about the same amount of time to do a full on design using polish. The first couple of shields went on great, not a problem. But then I used too much heat and the puckering occurred. So, I took the puckered ones off and started over. This time, using lower heat, it seemed to work just fine. A couple weren’t as sealed as I’d like them to be, but I chalked that up to inexperience with them and possibly not enough pressure added. So I went about my day, not being able to stop myself from staring at my cupcake-covered nails. Sadly though, they started peeling off and up away from my nails…and they would not stick back on, so in the end I took them all off(they came off just as a sticker would, though the directions say that you should soak your nails in like nail polish remover first or else nail damage could occur) and tossed them in the garbage bin. I was quite disappointed, as they were supposed to last 2 weeks, at least 1.

tara iorio

I suppose in the end I can’t say I expected (though I did hope) much more from them. They are sticker like, and I’ve never had good experiences with sticker “nail art”. I’m sure that for someone with more experience and practice with the nail shields, they last just as long as they were supposed to and look perfect. But I would not recommend these to people on a budget for their nails, because there are designs just as cute for near a dollar at a drug store. It could be that they just didn’t work out because I did something wrong in the application process. I do believe that part of the problem was that I had started doing some yard work outside afterwards…so hammering in nails and handling lumber might have had an effect. Or possibly the humid and damp weather did, it has been raining a lot.

Either way, if that’s what they always end up like, they aren’t for me. They’re cute, and I love all the designs, but I just don’t have the funds to buy so many that I’ll have enough to practice with to get good enough to use them. And maybe if they’re put on well enough they stay on even during farm work. If you have the funds to buy enough to practice and get really good at it, then by all means, be my guest. But, I’m sorry Tara, I’m just going to pass on these. For now, I’m just going to chalk it all up to my lack of experience with the shields. But hey, they were cute while they lasted.


xoxo, Katie


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