Jamberry Shield Review

MARCH 2014 UPDATE : Welcome! Thank you for stopping by to read this review. This post has seen a lot of traffic recently, and before you continue, I'd like to remind you that this review is from September 2012. Since then, I've been informed that the Jamberry Shields have undergone a makeover that is supposed to make them easier to apply. I am currently in conversations with another consultant to get the newer versions of the strips. I will post the review of the new versions and provide a link to that post when it is complete.

Please feel free to read the following review, but do keep in mind the age of the post.

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I have an unfortunate review to give to you today. I'll say right off the bat, I'm not happy with this product, and I wouldn't buy it again. There are several factors that brought me to this decision, which you should read on to learn about.

I'm showing you some Jamberry Nail Shields today. Similar to the Sally Hansen Salon Strips, these are decals that adhere to your nails. You then shape and file them to match your nail shape.

What's great about them is the huge array of designs, colors and finishes you can buy. I can see anyone interested in fantastic nail art, without the time or practice to create their own, really go nuts with these. You can get the true mirror finish of a chrome with these, as well as glitter, without the mess.

When finished, they look great. They're creative without as much effort.


 Getting to this point was not and easy task though.

Maybe I'm more bothered by the shields because I thought it would be an easy, slap-on before running out the door technique that anyone could do. In the end, it took me about an hour to get it to the point it's at in these pictures. It's unfortunate, because I was really rooting for these.

The first major pain point is the way they adhere.

Heat.

The instructions tell you to use a blow dryer to warm up the adhesive backing, making the shield pliable and more sticky. You are instructed to warm up each shield for 15-20 seconds before applying to your nail. My consultant for Jamberry, Jamie (her website can be found here), offered some great tips to make this easier, including holding the adhesive against a table with tweezers to get even heat coverage. I'm glad she mentioned the tweezer part, because holding your fingers near a blow dryer for 20 seconds is almost unbearable. Even on a lower heat setting, it get's unbearable hot. Later, after applying the shield to my nail and noticing corners peeling up, I needed to use more heat to get the stickers firmly onto my nail. That was just too much, and really burned. I felt like a cat with tape on their paws, flicking my hand around to cool it down.

The creasing and buckling of the shields also proved to be terribly annoying. There are plenty of suggestions for getting rid of the creases and ensuring they adhere properly, but the techniques I tried didn't seem to work. This is my first time using anything like this, so maybe it takes practice, but it's a steep learning curve...or I just have a case of the Fridays already. You can see in the two pictures below that there's a strong crease on my thumb I can't get out, as well as lifting at my nail's edge. I'll take part of the blame for that though. I misread the instructions and filed the shield side to side instead of down. Oops.



On that note though, these come with a lot of instructions. Call me old fashioned, but isn't a manicure supposed to be relatively easy? Of course these have to be more complex because there's more to them than pigment and polish, but that's not something I personally like. I'd rather pay $30 (after tip) to go to a salon, get a massage and a warm feeling, not a burning lava hot feeling on my fingers and hands. These shields are $15/sheet, and one sheet is advertised as being able to do 2-3 sets of fingers or toes.


So there you have it. Take it or leave it, that's my experience with Jamberry Shields.

I personally do not like these. But that's also coming from someone who thinks about the challenge of a design all day at work, and gets excited when she lays out all her tools to start a manicure. I prefer to relish over my own nail designs that took work to perfect, but it would be crazy to assume that most people feel the same way. Sometimes you just want cute nails for a special event, in which case these might be for you. They still require a lot of work though, just not the same amount of detail as a homemade nail art manicure might.

If you are interested in trying them out, I can highly recommend a consultant to visit. Jamie was very responsive and professional when she contacted me, and offered some alternatives to the blow dryer when I mentioned I didn't have one. Looking back, I wish I'd listened, because the experience may have been more enjoyable. You can visit her site here, or email her at hollywoodglam.jamberry@gmail.com.

I hope that my review will help you make an informed decision about buying these. Weigh your options and my personal experience, and have fun with them if you decide to purchase.

This product was sent to me by Jamie Holt, an Independent Consultant for Jamberry Nail Shields. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

54 comments :

  1. Thank you very much.I had contemplated trying them;yet feared just what you stated. So;I greatly appreciate you saving me money!!


    from sunny south ALABAMA; cheekyDM60/Deborah

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  2. Wow, thats a beautiful pattern, too bad it didn't work better. Thanks for the honest review, I always appreciate it when bloggers have to do the tough thing and say that something isn't great!

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  3. I am also blow-dryer-less. I'm curious how you heated them without one? I have never seen a positive experience with these (thank you btw for the honest review, sometimes blogs get annoyingly advertising feeling especially with indies beig friends or something. Honest reviews are worth a lot in my book.)

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    1. Ugh I have issues with blogs pot comments on iOS, regardless of browser if I accidentally click elsewhere I can't keep typing or edit the comment.

      I was saying that I hadn't seen anyone have a good experience so I wouldn't probably get any, but am curious what you used or if you had to get a hair dryer to use them. I probably couldn't do the intense heat. And modern dryers get scorchingly hot too! I just like strips for the lack of all the fumes, sometimes I'm really sensitive to the smells of polish.

      Again, thanks for the review, sorry for the borked comment.

      Oh, also, do you use any top coat or anything with these? They're vinyl decals, right? Do you think you could isolate a design element and use that on part of the nail like a super thin decal? (isolate or cut a small portion out, like a cameo).

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    2. I went out and bought a hair dryer. I figured since it was the standard way of applying, that I should really do it properly. Plus, it was time for a new one anyway.

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    3. Hi - I am the consultant who sent the product to Katy. An alternative to the blow dryer which eliminates the burning is the use of rice bags, which can easily be made with a sock and rice, if you don't sew. You could also use a small personal heater. I personally use a Lasko My Heat heater to apply mine since it's quieter and I think it's easier to use both of my hands.

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    4. I just tried applying these to my daughter's nails (age 3) this week. She loves when I paint her toe nails, so I was excited to try her fingernails. I was very disappointed when they started falling off within hours of application. I followed all the instructions, but I felt like I was burning her with my hair dryer. What is the rice bag technique? I don't think she will let me try it again on her unless I can find something better than the loud hot hair dryer. These are the old shields too...which might be part of the problem.

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    5. I wonder if the product has changed in the last year. I just applied them to my 3 year old on Monday and she's been doing great with them. She's bathed and washed her hands several times and they are all still perfect. It took about an hour since it was the first time I had done them and they were the adult size and had to be cut down. I was remarkably impressed.

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  4. Thanks for the honest review! Just what I feared, it would drive my nuts if I had these creases on my nails. They'd just end up scratched off :/ And for that amount of money, I'd rather buy some polish!

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  5. I've said it before, but I just wanted to thank you again for being honest about your reviews. In the blogging world everyone is quick to be like "Love it, go buy!" but the product isn't always worth it.

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  6. How do you take these back off?

    Jeg would never be able too keep those on. I am too much of a perfectionist. Yesterday I removed a lovely blue manucure because the polish had bubbles in it.

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    1. For me, they were hardly cemented on my nails at all, so I just peeled them off in one fell swoop.

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  7. This is not the first unfavorable review I have seen of these decals. Thanks for the honesty.

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  8. Crazy! Thanks for the post! I prefer the Sally Hansen ones anyway, they are easy to put on and quick if you're too lazy to paint your own nails. I usually do my own designs, but good to know.

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  9. I had the exact same problem with these and it definitely made me annoyed and upset because the designs are great. I think these are just too thick for the nail.

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  10. There is a video out there that shows you how to apply the shield using a sandwich bag. It helps keep it smooth. I still picked them off of my fingers because the sides didn't stay down, but they stayed on my toes for weeks and I got tons of compliments! I am no longer doing my manicures with the shields, but my pedicures will be done with them again. You don't see all the edges and flaws on your feet. :-)

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  11. I used a different store bought brand and they worked fantastically! No blow dryer, super easy. I am glad you blogged about these, I was considering buying them..

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  12. THis is similar to Minx Professional except it's a much lesser quality version and Minx is a professional only product. Although applied the same way, it does take time to get it. I have been offering Minx to my clients for 4 years now and let me tell you when I first started it was a mess but after a few tries you will get the hang of it. Personally i have tried these and don't like them, the quality feels too cheap, but it also depends on the manicure, make sure your nail plate is clean and dry using 99% alcohol. If you are licensed, try minxnails.com, there product (out first) is of higher quality and the sheets are not ass expensive. :)

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  13. Finally, an honest review! I think too many people are consultants or friends of consultants who are trying to sell these things are the ones writing all the reviews. It is, after all, a pyramid scheme. I'm on my third set of Jamberry nails. I really tried to give it a chance, but I just don't like them. My nails are fatter toward the fingertip, so I had to cut each nail shield to fit properly. I got each nail perfect on my third try. It took me three hours, but each nail was perfect! But all the talk about these things lasting 10-14 days is a bunch of BS. I'm sure they will stick on your nails that long, but it won't look good. After two days, the tips started getting worn out simply from using your hands to perform daily tasks. And they look awful when your nails grow out. It's not like traditional nail polish where you can simply apply a touch-up coat. I will probably use Jamberry nails again, but I won't recommend them to anyone.

    If anyone wants a tip at removing these nail shields, I take mine off after I wash the dishes in hot water. After they have been soaking for a while, they're easy to peel off. If they're still adhered to the nail, run hot water on the nail while gently pulling the shield up.

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    1. It's not a pyramid scheme, it's a direct sales company just like Avon or any other. Pyramid schemes are illegal and Jamberry is a legal company offering a legitimate opportunity for people through direct selling. I bought the sheilds and loved them, they stayed on my daughters fingers for a month the very first time I did them. I currently have a set on french tips on right now that I had no problems applying, and they are still firmly on after a week. I do dishes, I went to Sea World, I did gardening and they are still on.

      It's unfortunate that others have had bad experiences but to label a company something it isn't is unfair.

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    2. Thank you, Sherene. As an Independent Consultant for Jamberry, I appreciate you sticking up for our company. I have worn them for longer than two weeks on my fingernails and it looks a lot better than nail polish after two weeks. I have three kids and I am a teacher, so I wash my hands a lot. I cannot keep polish on but love my Jamberrys. Yes, sometimes you may have a buckle in it, but the designs will win you over. I have even used a flat iron to put mine on!

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  14. I personally like the shields I couldn't stand the blow dryer so I experimented with different techniques. One of the techniques was a rice sack those stuck better than any other shield I applied. A mini heater that works too and doesn't get as hot but work good which can be found in the camping department. I have short nails as I have a problem biting my nails and they last at least a weak and everyone says they still look nice after 2 1/2 weeks.

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  15. Getting them on is only half the problem, imagine getting them off after about 2 weeks, my nails are still recovering, even using the Jamberry methods of removal. It's been about 3 months and My nails are weak and brittle something they were not prior to this. not a cool product, great concept but they still have a lot of work to do.

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  16. I used to go to a salon and have acrylic nails done when I stopped it took me forever to rebuild that strength. I appreciate the above information as I now have something else to consider before making a purchase. I greatly appreciate the honesty of the above article and all of the commentary given, it has given me a lot to think about regarding this product.

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  17. Not sure if you're still accepting comments on this, but I have to say, I LOVE jamberry nails, and I'm not a consultant or anything. I did have a learning curve on these at first. But if you stick with it and follow instructions, they work amazingly well! I actually had my last set on for 17 days total and could have left them on longer, but I wanted to put a different color on. Over time, they actually bond more to your nails so it almost seems that the longer you wear them, the better they get. Anyways, give them another try; it's definitely worth having so many options at a lot less cost than the salon. Plus, once you're ready to take them back off, they don't leave your nails in the shape that acrylics do.

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  18. I just tried my first set, took about an hour but they turned out perfect. I am in love with them! I didn't have any bubble problems at all and thought it was fun to apply them. Mostly I like that they don't chip and the floral pattern I have on is so cute!

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    1. I had the same experience. I did my fingers and toes (took about an hour and a half) and I LOVE them. I have been doing crazy amounts of housework today and digging around in the diaper bag. I was totally expecting to look at my fingers and find chips, crumples, etc, like I would with polish. Nope. They still look perfect. My consultant taught me to stick them to my cuticle stick, laying it flat on the table to blow dry ONLY for 3-5 seconds. Then with the stick lay it up against the cuticle and down the nail. I pop the stick off and rub it (strongly)down the sides. Then you trim, file downward to remove excess (this is tricky on toes; you just have to keep filing in the same direction with toes) and then add a little more heat and rubbing. You have to make sure it's not too big for your nail. It forms a water-tight seal to nails only. Not to skin or cuticles. Anyway, I'm thrilled. Years of Acrylics and gels destroying my natural nail and regular polish looking horrible after 10 hours... I may never go back. :)

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  19. I just wanted to let everyone know that Jamberry Nails has changed their material as of January and they are thinner now and you use less heat. I am a consultant and you should get back to the original consultant and ask her to send you a sample of the new material.

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  20. The new nail shields are much better than the old ones. I couldn't get the old ones to stick at all!! The new ones are thinner, and the 'glue' is better. The stayed on my nails for 2 weeks, and when I was ready to take them off, they peeled off easily. Left my nails in great condition. The reason I LOVE these, is that I can spend a half hour at home putting them on - and don't have to use any formaldehyde-based nail polish. I get a really cute look/pattern (even French Tips) and I don't have to use acetone to remove them!! I hate polish and acetone! YUK. Talk about bad for your nails...
    Anyway, I tried these for the first time - and was really impressed. Like I said - I tried the old style, which didn't stick at all.... then the new kind. Love em! Get compliments ALL THE TIME!!

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  21. It does take practice, but I love them! I am not a consultant nor am I a friend of a consultant. I'm just someone who despises nail polish because it chips within a day or two and do not want to spend a ton of money at a salon. My favorite method to putting them on is with a heated rice bag. It applies heat and pressure without the burn, so there is less creasing and bubbles and I feel it is a lot faster of a method. I'd say don't just try them once and judge the result on that one try. Give them another chance!

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  22. Ran across your blog as I was wondering whether or not I could trim my nails once I have my Jamberry shields on. My nails have never grown in my whole life until I used the jamberry Nail Shields. I just started using them two months ago and I love them. The first time I tried them I did not like them so I discussed the problems I had with my consultant. She explained how to improve my application by holding the plastic sandwich baggie on my nails when I heated them. They are not just decals. They bond to your nails and protect them. They lasted two full weeks for me. Had to remove them cuz they grew out too much. I'm not a consultant nor am I related to or friends with one. sometimes you have to try things a few times to get it right.

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    1. And thank YOU for your honest review.

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    2. I've found that filing them a little at a time, you can "trim" your nails that way and they still look great.

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  23. I just put mine on for the first time and did them w/ half of my fingers with Jam berry and the other half polish. Ummm the polish started chipping one week later and then peeling. The Jamberry is on still perfectly. You barely need to heat them now and if you put them on properly (little to no practice) they will last for 2 weeks easily from what I have seen with friends!

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  24. Like all things practice makes perfect. First application is a live and learn. It important to pick a nail wrap that is smaller rather than bigger. Heat and pressure are very important to successful application.

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  26. I wish I had found this review before I spent $100 on these craptastic wraps. I agree with another person that commented on here, everyone that raves about these are either Consultants or friends of Consultants. I put these on and they literally started falling off 2 hours after applying them. I tried to salvage them (because you know, they are CRAZY expensive) by applying more heat but the rest of them just fell off in the shower. After doing some digging around I found other similar reviews about these falling off. I will never buy them again and I will be sure to speak up about them to my friends. While they may not be a "scheme" company per se (aside from marketing a not so good product for a pretty penny) they are definitely a Pyramid Company.

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  27. I ADORE my jam berry nail wraps. I have very thin brittle nails that chip and peel easily and these protect them! I also am finally able to grow them out! I teach and I am a mom and yes they take a bit of time to put on the first few times but now I do my whole set in under 15 minutes and my last set was on for 15 days and I took them off to change the patterns (they still had more wear in them) THe Jamberry nail heater is way easier to use and no burning of your fingers or holding a hair dryer!

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  28. Jamberries are awesome. I love them. Most of the issues I am reading above sound like poor application. They are not difficult to put on. I Used to think I preferred to go let someone pamper me but have learned how to pamper myself and take the money saved to buy something needed other than having pretty nails I paid for. These are heat activated and once sealed properly they last for weeks. I have to give in to the urge to change out the design after a couple of weeks. Like with anything else you have to take the time to learn about them. Youtube has many videos. If you want a sticker then go to the dollar store and get a set that will last you 3 hours. I am also learning that after ditching the acryllics I am having to be patient to let my nails grow out from the damage caused over the years. Jamberry WRAPS (not stickers you have to activate the adhesive with heat yes....you should have been told this before you were sold them)...

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them! My biggest issue when I applied these (mind you, it was a year and a half ago) was the heat. I just couldn't deal with the blast of blow dryer hot air around my fingers. If I try again, I'll give YouTube a look. I'm sure by now there's lots more information about them available than when I tried back in 2012.

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  29. I just tried them for the first time. They have stuck in place fairly well and not budged for the last two days except for the tips that picked up a bit but were filed down easily. I used a clothes iron to heat them while holding them with tweezers. Took an hour but I wanted to make sure I learned to do it right.

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  30. i would like to know the difference between these and Sally Hanson Salon Effects. what these have in comparison to sway me to pay the extra $10. im really interested, but on the fence.

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    1. Hi Olivia...unfortunately I haven't tried the Sally Hansen Salon Effects strips, so I can't provide a comparison for you.

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  31. I tried them-I'm hooked. I didn't have any issues applying them to my nails. It beats changing expensive nail polish every 2 days. I also didn't have any issues with removal-no damage to my nails. I decided to try them because my hands are constantly in water and mine are holding up very well. So Yay!!!!!!!

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  32. It sucks you had such a hard time with these, the pattern is soooo pretty! just tried Jamberry for the first time yesterday, and found it extremely easy. I applied mine a little differently though.First I made sure there was no oil on my nails by wiping them with nail polish remover. Then I used tweezers to gently line the sticker up to my nail bed then used and orange stick to adhere it to my nail starting from the bottom middle and working my way up. Then I flashed it with heat from my blow dryer applied more pressure and then heated it one more time and applied more pressure for good measure before heading over to the next nail. Once I was done adding the stickers to one hand I went back and filed the excess off to make sure the sticker had cooled so I wouldn't move. If you wanna try again, try it this way and let me know if it worked for you. :D

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    1. I'm glad you liked them! Whenever I have a bad experience with products, I always hope that those who do try them have a much easier time. I'd definitely like to try them again sometime, so I'll keep your technique in mind!

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  33. I can't believe your "review". I got some and tried them and had NO problems applying them. I even watched their application video and a few others. If you don't rush and take your time, they work fabulously! I'm sorry, but the first picture that you posted has got to be a joke. My 17 year old applied hers and had NO problems after I showed her once how to do it. I can't stand nail polish, it makes me physically ill now. The nail polish wraps are just that, nail polish, and they still smell and chip just like the real thing. These are great. No smell and they last the 2 weeks, I have to, properly, remove them, as there is definite growth on my nail bed. I really do think you should try again. And take your time. Do you possibly have curvy nails? They are a little more difficult to apply, but are still able to be done, yes, there is a video on youtube for that too.

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    1. This review was written a year and a half ago. They very well may have changed their strips to be less cumbersome, and I very well may have had a bad experience with these wraps. However, this is my review, and I don't claim it to be true of all their wraps, especially those a year and a half ago. All my reviews are my own, based on my experience with the products (as I state at the bottom of every review post).

      I'd be glad to give these another try now that I've had more experience with products and know more about the structure of nails and what works best for various applications of products.

      There's no need to be snarky about my own experience with the wraps.

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    2. I wasn't being snarky. But some of the things you posted in your review were almost as if you were a 14 year old, complaining. I literally took it as whining. About the hot hair dryer? Why would you stick your finger in the hot dryer?? Did you not read the instructions that came with them?? I don't believe it would tell you to do that. I would love to see you try them out again. There is no need to slam a good product. I'm curious now to go and read more of your reviews of anything. I really do hope you try them out again. They are not as bad as you think. Take your time, read the instructions and have the proper tools. You wouldn't bake or cook with out the right ingredients or utensils would you? Good luck with it Katy.

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    3. Really? I didn't mean for the review to sound like I was complaining. I thought I did a pretty good job of providing what I thought to be the pros (design selection) and cons (heat application) of it, giving it a fair chance at the time. It just didn't work for me.

      Please re-read the review. I discuss what the instructions told me to do, so please don't make allegations that I didn't read the instructions. As a blogger providing reviews, it's vital that I read the instructions and follow them to provide my readers with the most informed review, good or bad. I realize that I did say I didn't like how many instructions there were, but I did read them nonetheless.

      I will be trying these again. The consultant I'm in conversations with has informed me that the product has indeed undergone a makeover to make them easier to apply. So the shields you're talking about are likely the newer versions and, hopefully, don't have the issues I experienced a year and a half ago.

      When the review of the newer version of the shields is posted, I will provide a link in this post to that review so readers can make an informed and updated decision on the product. Again, my reviews are based on my experience alone with the product, which may unfortunately mean the experience is not a good one. I do hope it turns out better this next round though.

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  34. I just put them on my 3 year old daughter 4 days ago and they are perfect! She's bathed and washed her hands several time and so far they haven't peeled or chipped yet. I'm nervous that they might be hard to remove but so far I'm remarkably impressed.

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    1. According to the rep I'm talking to, they have. I ammended this post with a March 2014 update. I'll be trying the new version of the wraps soon and reporting on my experience with those.

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