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These Nail Strips Lived Up to the Hype

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Curious to know if the nail strip trend is here to stay? We’re trying different products to see which ones are worth your time! Check out our Dashing Diva Gel Nail Strips review to see if this is what your nails are needing!

I polled friends on Instagram the other day asking them if they preferred nail polish or nail strips/stickers. The results were pretty strongly in favor of traditional polish, I think it got almost 90% of the vote! I get it, nail polish is what we grew up with and what we’re used to. I know I have a billion bottles of it in my bathroom cabinet at any given time and while I’ll always have love for those pretty little bottles, I wanted to check out the nail strips that are being produced today. 

When I was a kid doing your nails meant either painting them or using plastic press-ons. And those were all fun and great until one flew off while you were going about your business. :) And there were nail stickers, but they were more like actual stickers that you applied on top of your polish. 

When I got into high school nail art was becoming popular, which usually meant your pedicure might have a cute flower or starburst design, but that was about it. Cool designs and effects were something you were going to have to really invest in, both money and time. Visits to professionals became more common and a gel manicure soon became a coveted look. I liked the look but didn’t love the price tag OR the damage they did to my nails. Back to the home options I went!

A look at any of the latest trends shop will show a variety of options you can buy online or at the drugstore. You can now get all kinds of get glaze sets, gel nail strips, glow gels nail stickers, magic press-on nails, and even do real gel manicures, all from home!

The nail strips and stickers of today? Well, they’ve come a long way. What started with stickers that were so thick and hard to apply have lead to strips that look like (and sometimes are) real nail polish.  They’ve got gorgeous designs, are easy to apply, are affordable, and often last longer than traditional nail polish. 

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I’m on the hunt to try the best ones and while the first gloss nail stickers I tried were a success, I’ve recently had my eye on an even cheaper product that I could get at places like Target

I first saw Dashing Diva Nail Strips from an influencer on Instagram and I was immediately intrigued. A close search led to discovering I could get them easily and these under-$10 stickers were gorgeous. They had tons of colors and what I liked most was that each package came with a base color design and then three different accent nail designs to mix and match. There’s lots of options of designs too, depending on the type of color story you want to tell!

And these weren’t just regular accents like polka dots or strips, but cool glitter or marbled designs that looked like they’d take forever to accomplish at home or would require a trip to the nail salon for a professional manicure. 

Again, all under $10. BUT, were Dashing Diva nails too good to be true? I bought some to find out!

Dashing Diva Gloss Review - Splendry

Dashing Diva Gloss Review

What they are:

Dashing Diva Gloss Ultra Shine Nails Strips that are made from gel polish. They don’t require any drying time or soaking to remove them.

What they cost:

Between $7-$8, depending on where you get them. I’ve been buying them at Target and Ulta Beauty.

What you get:

Each set comes with 34 nail strips, 22 of the base color and three accent colors with four nails each. You also receive a nail file and instructions. There are a lot of different designs and colors to choose from. 

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Do they work?:

Yes! The initial order I made through Target was just as easy as you’d imagine.  On my first time to apply I didn’t follow the instructions properly and didn’t use an alcohol wipe to clean my nails prior to applying. This was an important step! While the nails still went on, the finish wasn’t great and I wasn’t all that impressed with them. 

But my mother (who I had given a set to to try as well) loved them and told me she had followed the instructions and apparently that made the difference. :) Make sure you get your nails really clean and don’t use any lotions on your hands for a few hours before or after you apply them. There’s no prep pad included but a cotton ball with alcohol is all you need! 

The next time I I tried them I did the proper prep and it made a huge difference. The last set I put on lasted two weeks with very little (and not very noticeable) chipping/buckling and I actually left them on for close to three weeks before removing them.

The application process is simple, just clean, apply, file down the excess strip, and go! No top coat required and removal is simple too. To remove, you just just gently peel them off. You can add a little cuticle oil if they don’t come off easily but I’ve never needed to try it. My nail bed isn’t damaged and I can reapply a new set right away if I want. If you do experience issues with removal, Dashing Diva sells a Red Nail Therapy remover that works perfectly to keep your natural nail looking perfect.

Pros of Dashing Diva Nails

  • Affordable
  • Easy to find
  • Fast delivery of items if you order directly from their website
  • Tons of design options
  • Easy to apply
  • Super fast to apply (And works on short or long nails)
  • Easy removal (no smelly nail polish remover needed!)
  • Less damaging to nails than some other methods

Cons of Dashing Diva Nails

  • I can’t really think of any! Maybe just your mail carrier getting annoying with all the extra trips to your house? Maybe obsessively checking for the whereabouts of your package so you can get your next manicure fix? 

Dashing Diva offers Glow Gel Nails Glaze, Magic Press Press-Ons, every kind of collection of trendy design you’d like from a particular holiday season to a gorgeous French collection, and everything in between. 

That’s pretty much my Dashing Diva gloss review! I’d definitely buy them again (and have!) and think they’re worth the money. I like that they’re affordable, easy to find (Picking up my order fulfillment from Target is even more fun now!)

Let me know if you’ve tried them and what you thought, you can also recommend some other nail strips and stickers to try! So far I’ve tried Dashing Diva and Color Street, but if you have another nail strip brand or gel strips you love, please let me know!

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