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Polish strips make salon-style nails easy

There's a reason many of us go to professionals to have our nails done. It ain't easy.

Lately, though, nail polish manufacturers -- with nail giant OPI the latest entrant in the field -- have been creating precut nail polish strips that stick directly onto nails. You apply a sticker, file off the excess and go. No drying time and no mess.

The strips also made intricate nail art accessible to people outside of the salon. OPI's "Pure Lacquer Nail Apps" line continues the trend with 14 different looks featuring designs with lace and sequins -- not one is something you could easily do at home. Anyone who's willing to experiment with their nails can find a style they'd wear.

OPI's formulation stacks up nicely against other polish wraps. The stickers (with a suggested retail price of $11.95 for 16 strips) stretch for a good fit and don't tear easily. It takes practice to expertly apply them so they cover the entire nail, but once you've mastered it, your nails are set for days.

How long they'll last depends on your nails and your tolerance for one look, but they should last at least four to five days. OPI says you can apply a gel top coat that will keep them fresh for two weeks, but your nails will be growing out in the meantime. OPI's instructions say not to apply top coat, but I found a layer refreshed my stickers on the fourth day of wear nicely.

Once you're tired of the design, use regular polish remover to take the apps off -- and try another look entirely.

ggarvey@Tribune.com | @gcgarvey

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
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