Color Street Nails are the Damage-Free Way to Pull Off an At-Home Mani

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While Color Street does sell its nail polish strips via its website, it's important to note that Color Street is also an MLM (multi-level marketing business), meaning the brand earns profits through a non-salaried workforce. This workforce receives a small commission from individual sales within their network.

One of the easiest ways to take your look to the next level is with a salon-quality manicure. Of course, if you don’t know how to paint within the lines or you simply can’t be bothered to try, accomplishing such is can be tricky. That is, until we discovered Color Street Nails (which takes all the guesswork out of painting your nails.) Keep reading to learn everything there is to know about these seemingly-magical nail stickers. 

What Are Color Street Nails?

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.”

Pretty game-changing, right?

How Do They Work?

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.

How Do You Apply Color Street Nails?

  1. 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. 
  2. Select your strips. Once your nails are prepped, select the correct nail strip sizes for each nail. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 

How Long Do They Last?

Here’s the best news of all: These ultra-simple nail stickers are made to last up to 10 whole days. Though, Parks says that many Color Street customers have reported that they last even longer. Considering their affordable price tag ($11 to $14 a pack), that’s a pretty great deal if we do say so ourselves. 

How to Remove Color Street Nails

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.

Our Favorite Color Street Nail Designs

Now that you understand that hype of Color Street, allow us to introduce you to a few of our favorite sticker sets. Since there's a limit of two per order—they're super popular, so the brand had to limit shoppers from snagging them all in one cart—you might just want to buy more than a few of the finds, below.

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Color Street Trend Spotted $13
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It’s no secret that leopard print is a popular choice for 2020 and beyond. If you’re not quite ready to rock leopard pants or boots, dip your toe (er, finger) into the trend with these fun nail stickers. 

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Color Street Dripping in Diamonds $13
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Sparkle-lovers, these are for you! This platinum, glitter-dipped sticker set will make your nails look glam as can be—and with very little effort!

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Color Street Aberdeen Aubergine $11
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You don’t have to pick a design! Color Street also offers a variety of on-trend seasonal shades that make matching your mani to the weather a piece of cake (or, in the case of the name of this shade, eggplant). 

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