Hi guys! Today I have a little review for Essie's Sleek Sticks to share with you, this particular design is called So Haute! Essie recently put these out in 12 different designs, you can see them all at Essie's website by clicking here if you'd like. Basically, Sleek Sticks are nail appliques. I have a whole drawer full of these types of things (literally, you can see a photo of it here on my Instagram). I love nail appliques because I suck at 99% of nail art, these are an easy way to make my nails look like a took a lot of time doing them without actually having to take a lot of time to do them.
When you open the package of Sleek Sticks there are 18 appliques on a sheet of plastic, also in the little package is a mini nail file, instructions for application and removal and a thin hard plastic tool which you can use to remove excess sticker after applying them to your nails. There are 9 different sizes of appliques (2 of each size) in the package so it's pretty easy to find one that will fit each nail perfectly, if you have small nail beds and there isn't a perfect size for you it would be very easy to trim these if needed.
Below is a photo of the So Haute! design on the nail. So Haute! is an orangey red with gold dots, these are textured which is a bit hard to tell from the photo.
Application was easy with this set of Sleek Sticks, this is the second time I've tried these out. This first time I tried a pattern called A to Zebra and had issues so I never posted them. The A to Zebra design is one of my favorite pattens available from Essie but the decals are smooth and I found them hard to apply. So Haute! has a lot of texture to it and I think that really helped with the application as it didn't show some of the issues that can happen with nail appliques (like wrinkling or stubborn air bubbles).
Once you find the right size for your nail you stick the applique down and smooth out any air bubbles while making sure it is securely pressed onto your nail. Then you fold the excess strip over the free edge of your nail and file it off. These strips are on the thick side so filing off the excess was something I found to be a difficult which also resulted in the edge of the sticker looking a bit ragged. As far as wear goes I did not have a chance to wear test this specific design but I wore the A to Zebra appliques for 4 days and had some lifting of the applique on a couple of nails. I think wearing top coat with these would probably extend the life of them but I haven't tried it yet.
Essie Sleek Sticks are available pretty much everywhere Essie is sold, I know I've seen them everywhere from Target to CVS and Walgreens. The suggest retail price is $10.25 but I've seen the price vary depending on where you shop.