What's the Deal with Those Nail Polish Strips Your Friend is Selling on Facebook?

She's pitching a perfect manicure—should you listen?

Color Street Nail Strips
Photo: @becolorstreet

There's nothing more disheartening than getting a fresh manicure and promptly ruining it on the drive home from the salon. That brief moment is enough to make a grown woman cry. Why me?!, we yell to the heavens.

But then, just as you're rubbing off the shame with acetone-soaked cotton balls, a Facebook friend posts about how to avoid this nail fiasco, once and for all. It's by using Color Street nail strips—and she can sell it you.

Color Street makes 100% nail polish strips that are supposed to be easy to apply and last for roughly two weeks. The strips—which come in countless colors, patterns, and finishes—range between $11-$14, which will provide about two manicures if used conservatively. (As in, if you're skilled enough to not waste any strips during the first application.) The company offers classic solid nail colors, fun patterns like ombré and snakeprint, and festive holiday collections.

Just like the Rodan + Fields reps all over your social media feeds, you'll see Color Street ambassadors promoting their wares on Facebook and Instagram. Hashtag-heavy posts are the new in-person pitches, and a personal e-commerce website is now used in lieu of a clunky box pulled from the trunk of a saleswoman's car.

Similarly to Avon and Mary Kay saleswomen of your mother's generation—you know, the ladies who'd turn up at your door with your next must-have lipstick—and to the aforementioned Rodan + Fields army of our newer digital era, Color Street relies on independent saleswomen to get the word out, sell the product, and bring on potential new saleswomen. (Fresh blood, as we like to call it.)

Any company structured like this touts an appeal so universal that you can't really argue: "Want to be your own boss?" Well, for a stay-at-home mom with a crazy schedule or those in the workforce who desire a side hustle, that's about good as gold.

As far as Color Street nails application, you simply peel it off the packaging, press the adhesive side onto your nail, and file off the excess length at the tip of your nail. For those wanting to experiment with nail designs, you can cut the strips and layer them together for a geometric, striped, or half-moon look.

If you mess up your fresh mani more often than not, or if you loathe making a trip to the nail salon, these strips might be worth a try. If you're not so much into the whole pitchy thing on Facebook (oftentimes by way of someone you went to high school with a million years ago), the strips might not be your groove. To each her own!

WATCH: Popular Nail Polish Colors for Every Month in 2019

Looking for nail color inspiration—strips or no strips? Check out these fabulous nail shades we're loving for winter. A fresh manicure will cure those January blues in no time.

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