If you watch my YouTube videos, you know I do my own manicures. After a long debate with myself, I finally decided to sign up as a Color Street nail stylist, so I could change out my nails weekly with their latest styles, since they have always been my favorite nail strips! Want to try before you buy? Get a free sample with your next order!
Melanie B. Gilstrap, Color Street Nail Stylist #247138
Color Street is a company that offers dozens of different nail stickers made of 100 percent nail polish. These "stickers" are meant to fit your exact nail shape and mimic the appearance of a salon-quality manicure without the actual painting of nails. You just peel, stick, and file away the excess.
“Color Street is real nail polish that’s been dried down onto a strip for an easy, mess-free manicure with no dry time,” says Hannah Parks, the brand’s marketing coordinator. “It’s a salon-quality manicure—base coat, color coat, and topcoat—that you apply in one step without worrying about streaks or smudges.”
Each pack of Color Street nail stickers contains sixteen strips so that you’re guaranteed to find the best fit for your nails. Simply select the strip size that best fits each nail, peel off the backing paper, and smooth the strip onto your nail from the cuticle to the tip. Once you reach the tip, you’ll likely have overhang. To address this, use the file that comes included in the kit and file off any excess. While doing so may make you worry about snagging the polish, rest assured, these strips are designed to be filed.
Clean and prep your nails. Before applying any Color Street strips to your nails, it’s essential that you clean and prime your nail beds, first. To do so, remove any polish that remains on your nails, use the included Prep Pad to remove any oils from your nails, push your cuticles back, and file all edges for a clean, smooth base.
Select your strips. Once your nails are prepped, select the correct nail strip sizes for each nail.
Peel and apply. Remove the backing from one nail strip at a time and apply immediately. This is crucial because if you wait to apply, the adhesive can dry out and your Color Street nails won’t last as long. When applying, Parks says to align the rounded end against your cuticle, making sure to not adhere the sticker on top of your cuticle. Once placed, she says to smooth the sticker out toward the tip of your nail, removing any little air bubbles as you go. If you find that the stickers don’t fit perfectly, Parks says that you can gently stretch them for the ideal fit.
Fold the excess strip over and file. After smoothing the sticker onto the nail, fold the excess strip over the edge and gently file downward to cut it off without disrupting the appearance of your polish.
Where similarly long-lasting nail techniques can be a real pain to remove, Color Street nails are a cinch to take off. Since they’re made with real nail polish, they only require classic acetone or nail polish remover to swipe off. “We always recommend this instead of peeling or picking off the polish to prevent any damage to your nails,” Parks says.