I've had my eye on the Sally Hansen 'Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips' for quite a while and had my heart set on getting the leopard design, called 'Kitty, Kitty'. I was finally able to find it last week and can't wait to try them. I got them at Walgreen's for $9.99; they are available in 24 designs and are sold at most drugstores.
Included in the box are 16 polish strips, a nail file and a wooden stick for pushing back cuticles. According to the website, they last for about 10 days and are removed easily with nail polish remover. The application process seems fairly easy.
1. Prep your nails by shaping and smoothing
2. Pick the strip that best fits your nail
3. Peel the polish strip from the backing paper and apply to your nail
4. File away the excess
I've also read that applying a top coat is a good way to extend the life of the strips.
An alternative to the Sally Hansen strips are strips by Incoco which are also 100% nail polish and retail for $5.99 - $10.99.
Sephora has a line called 'Chic Print for Nails' by Opi in collaboration with Minx which retail for $15 and include a set of 16 nail patches. Unlike the Sally Hansen strips, these are a film, not a polish. They can be removed by rubbing and peeling off.
The most expensive nail strip alternative is by Minx. These strips are also a film and not a polish. Based on my research, it seems like the only way to get your hands on Minx strips is by getting them done at a salon. Bliss Spa does Minx manicures for $55.
Lady Gaga is one of countless celebs spotted with Minx nails.
...photos from SallyHansen.com and Sephora.com...