Unlike all the hemming and hawing and delaying I did when the Salon Effects strips for fingers first came out, when I saw the Pedicure Salon Effects, I bought some the minute I could get them on even a tiny sale. For my first venture, I chose the dusty purple and black snakeskin design called Snake Rattle & Roll.
Unlike the nail strips, which are individual and come in two sealed packages inside the box, these come attached to each other on two strips that are sealed into one package. The strips themselves are shaped differently, with a flatter curve at one end and no curve at all on the other. Like the nail strips, they come with a mini orange stick and a file/buffer; the file is a bit larger than the one that comes with the nail strips.
I could see right away that these strips were way, way longer than my toenails. I decided I'd try to save enough to do a manicure with them, too; since they're all packaged together, I couldn't do my usual trick of saving half for another application. So I cut the strips down closer to the length of my toenails before I removed the clear top sheet and backing and applied to my toes. The application was pretty easy; of course by now I've had lots of practice putting these on my fingers. My baby toes were the hardest, just because the nails are so tiny. I don't keep much free edge on my toenails, so when it came time to use the file to remove the excess strip material from the ends that was a bit more difficult than on my nails but I managed. Here's how they turned out:
When it came time to do my fingers, I had to trim the ends of the strips to better fit the curve at the base of my nails; I didn't always manage to do a good job at this. I found I didn't have quite enough strips to cover all my nails, so I did accent nails with a base of Wet 'n' Wild Wild Shine Black Creme topped with one of the skinny baby toe strips, then sealed with topcoat. I quite liked the effect.
This was the first time in a very long time that I've had matching fingers and toes. I took the strips off my fingers after a week; I'd had only one "chip", where the strip peeled off part of my nail (probably because I hadn't smoothed it down quite well enough). As I worked with the remover, it was clear some areas were thicker than others—at one point I had a fishnet effect going on. Next time I wear these perhaps I'll get a black striper and fill in the design then top with a jelly to make my next mani.
The strips are still on my toes as of right now; that's been almost two weeks. I haven't noticed any wear or peeling. I'll try to remember to let you know how long they eventually last.