Product Review: Essie Sleek Sticks

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Hey guys! So if you haven’t already read the blog on my latest drugstore beauty haul, head over here to read that so you know a little background on how I obtained this product.

Basically, Essie Sleek Sticks are nail stickers similar to the ones made by Sally Hansen, Jamberry, etc. They are marketed as an all-in-one nail solution which provides nails which are instantly dry with little mess and no topcoat necessary. Essie takes this one step further and even embellishes its stickers. Packages include 18 stickers of various sizes, enough for one full manicure (or two if you’re thrifty and willing to cut stickers to size). I prefer to use these products for one full mani and then use the extras to accent solid, polished manicures on my ring fingers. A package retails for about $10 and can be found in most big box stores and pharmacies.

But boy am I glad I didn’t spend $10. Or I would be in line, receipt in hand, at Walgreens/Target right about now. Because I rarely say this but this product stinks. Badly. Of old cheddar left out to dry.

First off, the stickers feel like straight up scotch tape. What didn’t set off any alarms when inside the packaging quickly had me saying eww as I pulled the actual stickers out of the wrapping. They feel thin and chinsy and have an unpleasant residue. The shine seems highly unnatural and the embellishments look like they are from the $0.99 aisle of the children’s craft section (right next to the pom poms and pipe cleaners).

Putting the product on was way too difficult, especially since I was fully focused, used a flat surface, and have put on nail stickers before. The stickers had the embellishment on the top. They were impossible to cut while sticky so I decided to reverse them so I could actually see the design since my nails aren’t 3 inches long like the stickers. The stickers would not smooth out. I continued to smooth the nails, warming them with the heat of my fingers but they only continued to wrinkle up, refusing to lay down and be still. I read online that top coat would only cause the stickers to shrivel up so I did not attempt to add that.

When I was finally done and somewhat satisfied with my handy work, I went to sleep. The next morning I woke up to this…

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And promptly turned into Hades.

Now why was I so upset? If you read my blog you know I only paid a dollar for each package. But it’s the point. It’s the point that these are Essie, a reputable brand that we all know and love. And these are still on the market for full retail. And the consensus across multiple media sources is pretty much unanimously that they stink. The edges are rough, they chip within days, and they lift like there’s no tomorrow. My nails haven’t looked this wonky since the first time I tried a marble manicure.

My message to Essie is a simple one: do better.

-BGB

September Ipsy Bag (and a note on Ipsy customer service)

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Calling all makeup mavens!

I have been receiving ipsy bags throughout the summer. My parents bought me a one-year subscription for my birthday which is an awesome gift idea for the woman in your life. It’s a present every month!

Basically, ipsy is a cosmetic subscription service. You can pay for ipsy each month or for a year (in which case you’d get a month free). Each month, you receive a bag with five high-end cosmetic products ranging from skincare to hair products, makeup and nail polish, and beauty tools like brushes. This all comes in a makeup bag designed exclusively by ipsy and it all arrives in one of those metallic pink bubble mailers that probably took over your Instagram at some point. Before receiving your first bag, you fill out a detailed, online quiz to choose which types of products you prefer, as well as your skin, hair, and eye colors.

I have been so happy with the products I have received and this month is no exception. I particularly love the lux material and color of this month’s bag. Below are the products I knew I was receiving through my sneak peek email.

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My bag arrived yesterday and I opened it so excited and major bummer- there were a couple of problems. First off, I received two lipsticks and no lotion. Second, the amazingly smelling, high quality argan oil should probably have been individually wrapped because it spilled out and saturated my bag’s liner with oil.

The rest of the products were fine but I contacted ipsy customer service about the lotion and oil/bag. Their primary mode of contact is email. A few hours later I received a thoughtful email back apologizing and issuing me an entirely new bag! I will let you know how it pans out when it arrives but the customer service experience was great. Prompt, thoughtful, apologetic, and willing to make things right. No wonder people love ipsy.

If you’re interested in subscribing, ipsy costs $10 a month or $110 for a year. There is often a waiting list so feel free to use my referral code below to start getting your bags and earning points toward bonus products!

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Stay tuned for reviews and have a wonderful day, gorgeouses!

-BGB

Photos courtesy of ipsy.com