The WAY Overdue TruShine Review!

I’ve had the TruShine gel enamel system since July, when consultants were allowed to purchase at the National Conference.  I’m really glad I did – it’s given me time to trouble-shoot, try out different combinations and colors, and get the removal process perfected – all before it was released to the public.

Here’s my review from application through removal!

First, a confession.  I LOVE the Jamberry wraps.  I love the designs, which I would never be able to achieve on my own.  But the wraps with the sparkle finish just never lasted very long for me.  After about a week, they just didn’t look great.  I’ve never had issues with any of the other designs or finishes – JUST the sparkle wraps.  So that was my first real test of the gel system: layering it OVER a sparkly wrap and seeing if it actually helped them last longer.

Applying Jamberry’s TruShine Enamel over Jamberry Wraps

1.  Apply the Jamberry Nail Wraps:

So much easier than you think.  And a lot less time-consuming than you’d think, too! First, apply your Jamberry nail wraps as you normally would.  Remember – prep is essential!  Make sure you get all of the oils off of your cuticles, nail beds, and hands before applying.  Also, and this is **especially important** for layering the gel over the wraps, make sure you can see a bit of your nail all along the edge of the wrap.  Don’t let any of the wrap touch your skin, or you WILL get lifting.

2.  Lightly Buff the tops and tips of the wraps.

Seriously – just do it 🙂 The gel needs a little somethin’ to grip and adhere too.  If you’re applying the gel enamel directly to your nails, you STILL need to buff your nails.  Then, wipe your nails with an alcohol wipe or cotton pad soaked in rubbing alcohol.  This cleans any dust and oils that may have accumulated while you were prepping and buffing.

3.  Apply the TruShine BASE coat.

Be sure to follow the directions on the bottle – which includes shaking it to mix the enamel inside.  Then, taking care to only paint your nail bed and leaving room around your cuticles, apply one THIN coat of the TruShine base coat.  This is VERY important for getting a long-lasting gel manicure that will cure properly – you MUST use THIN coats.  “Cap” the tips of your nails to create a strong seal all along the tips.  Don’t skip this step- it really does cut down on the chips and increase the durability of your manicure.  Wipe off any excess around your cuticles or under your nails with an orange stick.

Cure the base coat in the Jamberry LED-light for 45 seconds/  (The light will automatically turn off.)

4.  If using a color coat, apply the color enamel.

If you’re applying the TruShine over nail wraps, you’ll skip this step.  If you’re using one of the TruShine color coats, apply one THIN coat, capping the tips as you did when applying the base coat.   Again, wipe off any excess with an orange stick and then cure.   Apply additional coats until the desired color is achieved, curing after each color coat.  

5. Apply the TruShine Top Coat.

This is the step that you will have to REALLY concentrate on getting thin coats.  The top coat is a thicker formula than both the base and color coats, so just be aware of that as you’re applying.  Cure the top coat in the light.

6.  Wipe!  Go ahead – it’s okay!

It won’t smear.  After you’ve cured the top coat, you’re ready to wipe off the “tackiness” and be left with an extremely glossy, rock-hard manicure.  I like to use the Jamberry alcohol wipes (they come in the kit!).  If you don’t have them, a lint-free cotton pad soaked in rubbing alcohol will do the trick.

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My “Cosmos” nail wraps on Day 2. The Jamberry Base and Top coats made them extra glossy – and NO lifting at all on the tips!
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Day 11 or 12 – I can’t remember which! I just remember that it was an ice cream sandwich kind of day 😉

Pro Tips for Application:

  1.  Shake the bottle!
  2. Apply thin coats – three thin coats look much better and cure more evenly than a couple of thick coats.
  3. Apply start-to-finish with your fingers, THEN go back and do your thumbs together.  This way your thumbs don’t cure at an angle in the light, as they would if you tried to do your entire hand at the same time.
  4. Use the Jamberry light.  While other lights may cure the polish to the right hardness, other lights may cause the TruShine gel to shrink or discolor.
  5. Applying the base and top coats over Jamberry wraps makes the wraps last up to two weeks longer – and makes removal EASY and gentle.

Removing Your Jams when UNDER TruShine Gel Enamel.

*** This method will ONLY work when you have Jamberry wraps on your nails, under the gel.  If you have gel directly on your nail beds, please check out my first post on the removal process! 

I’ve posted this video before, but here it is with the rest of my review.  This is what I REALLY loved, and why I’m a true believer in the TruShine product now.  As I said before, the sparkle wraps just never worked as well for me.  They lifted at the tips after a week or so and occasionally I’d snag my hair in the edges.  I NEVER had this issue with any of the other styles.

With the TruShine layered on top, I got two weeks of wear from these Cosmos sparkly wraps, which I changed ONLY because I got bored.  SOLD.

The Basic Application for Jamberry Nail Wraps

Because everyone’s nails, nail beds, and skin are different, there are hundreds of ways to “tweak” your application when applying your Jams to get the “best” Jamicure for YOU.  When you’re first practicing and trying out the wraps, the best thing is to start simple!

If you’re just starting with Jamberry Nail Wraps, start with the Basic Application

This is a SHORT video showing the most basic application method – and it’s actually Jamberry’s recommended method.  It’s fast, easy, and when done correctly, will ensure that your gorgeous manicure lasts for up to two weeks (or more!).

Step-By-Step For the Basic Jamberry Application

  1. Nail prep – Don’t skip it!  Wash your hands with dish soap, swipe them with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any oils or lotions that just won’t LET IT GO.  Get ’em clean, dry, and oil-free!
  2. Push back your cuticles.  Trust.  It takes a couple of minutes, but means the difference between your Jams lasting two days and two weeks.  **This is the main reason why your wraps will lift, peel off, or not get a good seal!**
  3. Size Matters – Pick the wrap that’s slightly SMALLER than your nail so that it doesn’t overlap your cuticles or skin.
  4. Cut it in half, heat it up.
  5. Place it on your nail, rounded edge against your cuticle, but not touching.
  6. Press down and smooth it out like your life depends on it.  Or, the life of your manicure.
  7. Let it cool.  (DON’T SKIP!  The wrap stretches a bit when warm – as it cools, it will shrink a tiny bit – and you don’t want to be filing when it’s still warm!)
  8. File of the excess by filing straight down.
  9. Flaunt what Jamberry gave ya.

Have super curved nails?  Dome-shaped nails? Be sure to follow the blog over the next few weeks! 

I’ll be posting short how-tos of several little “tweaks” that you can add in to your application to get the best application for you!

How Long do Jamberry Nails Last? Another “Real Life Jams” Jamberry Review

Wondering how long you can expect your Jamberry Nails to look great?

The answer is:  Your Jamberry Nail wraps should look fantastic for two weeks – with no chips, no smudges, and no lifting.  

Kelly's Quilted Comparison
Kelly has on “Quilted” (current) and “Raspberry Sparkle” (retired). Check out that healthy nail growth! Jams win!!

My friend Kelly posted this picture of her Jams to show how her manicure lasted.  Kelly has a little girl that’s starting to toddle around; Kelly is constantly chasing after that sweet girl right now.  She also has diapers duty, constant hand-washing, dishes, a dog to walk (and all that entails), cooks EVERY SINGLE MEAL (whoa.), and just lives a busy life.  And this is how her Jamberry nails hold up!

Are you having trouble getting your Jamberry nail wraps to last a full two-weeks?  The trick is trial-and-error.  there are a ton of little “tweaks” in the application process that you can use to make sure you’re tailoring the wraps to YOUR nails: your nail shape, your body chemistry, and your daily life.  I like to reheat my nails every few days with the mini-heater and just give them a little bit of pressure by rubbing them with a rubber-tipped cuticle pusher.  It just “refreshes” the entire Jamicure and gets me several more days – and more bang for my buck!


**Tip Time**:  Kelly says that when she’s filing off the excess wrap at the tips, she actually files at a 45-degree angle to file off the tiniest sliver of the wrap at the tip of the nail.  Then she gives them another good dose of heat and pressure at the tip to make sure the seal is nice and tight.  Such a great little trick to keep the wrap from extending over the tip of your nail!

The PERFECT tools for Jamberry Nails – And one that’s a SURPRISE!

A perfect Jamberry manicure is EASY to get – and even easier if you using the right tools for the job!   Yup, Jams can be applied with stuff you have at home – a regular hair dryer, scissors, nail file, etc. And you’ll have an awesome long-lasting look. But….

mini heaterThe truth is, if you want a proper application and want to get the best wear out of your wraps, using the tools Jamberry has designed specifically to work with the wraps is the way to go! These are not luxury goods or price-gouging add-ons; these are the tools that give you a perfectly proper application every time. These are the tools that will give you that two-week wearability that Jamberry is known for from your wraps!  And they’re all less than $20! 

Why go with the Jamberry mini-heater over your hair dryer?  1. The noise level – the heater is SO quiet that I can do my nails sitting next to my hubs while we binge-watch “The Wire.”  2. The consistent heat ouput; 3. The heater puts out heat, but not a gust of air like your hair dryer; 4. It’s purple. (Pro-Tip – It’s REALLY good for heating up price stickers to remove them, and even better to get Dora the Explorer stickers off of your wood floors.  #MomLife.)

And the new application kit – so convenient!  It holds all of your stuff – including that Jamberry heater – all in one cute purple cosmetic case so you never have to hunt for a file or your nail scissors again!   This cute little kit includes:Application-Kit-Without-Nail-Oil

  • 2 alcohol wipes
  • 1 pair of nail scissors
  • 1 pair of nail clippers
  • 1 buffer block
  • 2 orange sticks
  • 1 rubber cuticle pusher
  • 1 nail file

And speaking of nail scissors, the scissors that come in this kit are top-notch.  A cut above the rest, if you will.  (See what I did there?)

Cuticle Spoon and Pusher But – there is ONE tool that you can’t find from Jamberry –and it can mean the difference between “Your nails look great” and “Your nails are AMAZING!!” Enter – the cuticle spoon. Yes, it looks like a torture device.  But this little thing is a Jam-Miracle worker.  Use it to prep your nails – push back the cuticles, get rid of that pesky “invisible cuticle,” and clean your nails.

Then – and here’s where the magic happens.  After you’ve applied your wraps, heat the cuticle spoon with your Jamberry heater.  Then, use it as an iron to flatten any bubbles or ridges: press it flat against your nails (it’s the perfect shape!) to apply uniform pressure to the wrap and the adhesive.  It’s perfect for an edge that is lifting up on you or to give a little extra oomph to those tips!  The best part?  You can usually find them for around $5.00 – Either on Amazon or at a beauty supply store – even Zulily had one on their site over the weekend!

Click here to find the right tools for your next Jam Session:

The New Jamberry Mini-Heater

The Application Kit