essie a to zebra Sleek Stick Review

Hi everyone! How is your week going? It’s almost time for the weekend 🙂 I have a very busy jam-packed weekend ahead so I am trying to prepare myself for the storm!

Today I’m sharing with you all my review of the essie Sleek Stick Nail AppliquĂ©s. This design is called “a to zebra”.

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Sleek Stick packs were released about 2 years ago and launched with many pretty designs:

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I purchased a few of these Sleek Stick packs at my local Dollar Tree so they were only $1. I was shocked to see an essie nail product at the Dollar Tree so I took full advantage! I’ve mentioned before I love finding bargains so I had a total adrenaline rush in aisle 4 of the Dollar Tree when I found these 🙂

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a to zebra is a deep rich brown with zebra print design. The brown color of the decal is matte and the zebra print is glossy. The Sleek Stick pack includes the following:

  • 18 nail appliquĂ© strips
  • 1 mini cuticle stick
  • 1 mini file
  • instruction sheet

essie Sleek Stick Review | Nailpolishpursuit.com

essie Sleek Stick Review | Nailpolishpursuit.com

 

The nail appliqués are inspired by UV gel technology in salons and they promise to provide a long lasting wear with high gloss finish. I put that promise to the test.

Applying these is easy. The instruction sheet is very detailed and breaks it down for you in simple steps. Basically what you’re going to do is:

  1. Prep your nail to make sure it’s clean from nail polish and your cuticles are pushed back.
  2. Apply your nail appliqué according to the size of your nail bed.
  3. Buff off the excess nail appliqué using the mini file.

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It’s quite simple. I used a cuticle cutter to get more precise around the sides of my nail where the appliquĂ© might be a bit wider since I have narrow nail beds. Now, let’s talk about the “long wear” promise.

essie Sleek Stick Review: a to zebra | Nailpolishpursuit.com

essie Sleek Stick Review: a to zebra | Nailpolishpursuit.com

Honestly, I did not like quality of these. Since they are not made from real nail polish they feel kind of tape-ish on the nail, if that makes sense. They have a strong smell of vinyl so picture those vinyl tablecloths you see at birthday parties. They also have horrible tip wear. The very next day I had peeling tips. That sucked! I added top coat to my left hand and didn’t add any to my right hand. Several nails had tip wear and peeling on BOTH hands so the top coat didn’t make a difference. I much prefer the Incoco Nail AppliquĂ©s that I reviewed a few months ago. Those were much better quality and lasted an entire week! I had to remove these the following day because I could not stand the peeling tips. I had no issues with removal, they came off easily like a piece of tape.

essie Sleek Stick Review: a to zebra | Nailpolishpursuit.com

 

The patterns and designs are very pretty but overall I’m not a fan. I don’t mind that these were only $1 so it wasn’t a huge dent in my wallet. I have also seen these at Target, Walgreens, and other mass retailers.

 

Have you tried essie Sleek Stick Nail Appliqués? What did you think of these?

Stay strong in your Pursuit!