Friday, September 16, 2011

Review: Signature Nail Systems (SNS)

Week 1

My experience: I like them a lot.  The odors were limited and they definitely were odor-free when I left the salon.  They don't require you to use a dryer of any sort; you sit them in front of a fan for two minutes and they're completely dry!  They have not faded or chipped in the corners.  They are still as shinny as they were on day one.  The process is kinda cool.  They dip your nails into a white powder and a pink powder and paint some type of adhesive.  They dip several times.  I will say that it is a bit more time consuming than gel or acrylic, and of course more expensive.  However, I think it's worth the price tag ($50 for the initial, $35 for a fill-in).  They may be less expensive somewhere else outside of the Brier Creek area, but I'm all about convenience.

Description from Website:

This multi-step SNS process overlays directly onto the nail bed to create a long lasting nails with exceptional durability and shine.  The application does not use harsh chemicals, it eliminates the odor that are typically associated with acrylic and gels.  The SNS process represents a completely new technology in nail enhancement.  Older methods such as acrylic and gels create a barrier that can cause weak, brittle nails and can even promote the growth of fungus on the nail bed.  Signature nails are water resistant, yet they allow natural nails to breathe, enabling them to grow long and strong.
     This innovative SNS technology was developed by a group of Nail Professionals with decades of industry experience.  If you are allergic to acrylic then SNS is for you!  Signature Nails are light weight and flexible. It is designed to feel like real nails yet they are also more durable than acrylic.  Unlike acrylic and gels, Signature Nails does not bond to the cuticle and are healthier for the natural nail bed.

Signature Nails are:
- Odor free  
- No damage to nail bed 
- Resistant to chipping & Cracking
- Water resistant 
- Healthy for your real nail by adding calcium & vitamin E
-Maintenance free

Signature Nails are maintenance free with a natural look that does not require nail polish.  The SNS process is not harmful to your nails, in fact it can help damaged nails grow back healthier and stronger.

Week 3
Week 3


Hi - I had SNS nails done about 6 months ago on healthy nails. I had them removed one month ago, and my nails are in worse shape than they were when I stopped wearing acrylic nails three years ago. Beware--they are low odor, easy to put on & no drying process as you indicate, but when you take them off you will find weak nails that crack and tear. So far it's been a month, and my nails are still in horrid shape.

Hummm, for sure if the product was ripped of your nail... I find the process for taking it off is the same as with acrylics... patience !

Did they hand file your nails or use the dremel? I find that when they use the dremel it damages my nails.

My mom told me bout em yes'day, but my thng is its not the chemicals that damage but the procedure of filing with the machine on ur nail to make the surface ruff to make it adhere. I hate the filing on ur real nails. My natural nails i keep short & i shape them but they only grow to a certain length & break so getting nails done are tempting but then i remember how i hate the machine....

This product SUCKS! DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR $$$$$. This product is basically 7 different bottles of super glue, no other nail system will allow your fingers to get glued together if your skin touches your wet nail. They say odorless...try doing them without your eyes watering or burning. Their customer service, if you can get them on the phone and find someone who can speak even more.

Thanks for reading!

To Anonymous Jun 14, 2012: Are you sure you are talking about Signature Nail Systems? Your negative review is totally the opposite of my experience. My experience has been totally positive for over the year that I have been using the product. I love them and would highly recommend them!

My name is on nom, I like this product.

I just got my first set and I like them so far, but I have only had them a weak. The grow out is definitely better than gel polish with the UV process. The gel pealed from the area it had grown away from the cuticle so I have never been able to keep those for more than a week, even if they were done extrememly well with a paintbrush. Agree that my experience not at all what Anonymous Jun 14, 2012 reports. I smelled nothing, have had no discomfort and don't understand the reference to glue or anything like glue! Does anyone know if I can safely use regular nail polish remover to change my color without hurting the overlay?

I had mine done for the first time over two weeks ago and they are still hanging in there. I am curious about anyone who has gotten it done on their natural nail. Any feedback will do.

I had it done on my natural nail and it keeps lifting. I have had to go back to the salon to have them fix each lifting one all week but now they are lifting again. I want to know why this keeps happening.

Hi I've Had my nails done over a month now and i love them. My nails lifts too, but that's because of the oil in my natural nails.

I had the SNS nail system since July. I get them done every 3 weeks and have no problems. My nails are not weak or painful like when you use acrylic. I read a lot of negative reviews on this blog. My initial SNS ater 3 wks cracked and broke I believe because the filing machine was used. Second time around the nail tech did filing by hand and my nails are still VERY beautiful, no cracks or damage. I'm going to the salon on august 28th for repeat, which will be #3. I always use lotion on my hands and don gloves when using chemicals like bleach and cleaning products.

I just had my natural nail overlay with Signature Nail Systems and love my nails!! NO odor, NO.painful filing. I do know the natural oils our nails produce cause lifting with acrylics and gels sometime, its not the nail techs fault but most do fix at no charge.

Your nails will look great until you remove them permanently and they will be the same mess they were after acrylics.

I've had my SNS nails for over a month. I work with my hand and they have held up very nicely, way better than gel nails. I am over-due for a second set but can't find a salon in the Oklahoma City area that does them. Going to go to Dallas, TX to visit a friend, hopefully I'll find one there.

I love them they last so long i wish they had more salons in new York that do this my nails are growing i would recommend this to anyone i will be doing this to my nails a long time

Yes you can, be sure to use non-acetone nail polish remover

I had mine done 3 days ago. I hate them! I hope I can find a salon to remove them asap. You can already see my nail bed. The ends are chipped. And NO, I'm not going back to the salon that put them on!

The skin around my nail is red and itchy today. Just had the SNS nails yesterday. I'm wondering if the salon used the regular acrylic powder on me, which I'm allergic to. Has anyone had a reaction to these nails. They're supposed to be hypoallergenic, right?

Had my nails done today. I have used shellac for over ayear and my nails were paper thin under the shellac and when I left them off for a few weeks they tore into the nail bed. I tried SNS on tips and I like the look and feel. I'll see how it goes. Can't be any worse than the other methods. My shellac lasted only 7 to 10 days max. Here hoping for a full two weeks.

I got a full set of SNS nails 6 days ago. They have all lifted and basically cracked and popped off. This is the same that always happens with acrylics. I thought I'd try this out, but really no difference for me. Off they come, one by one.

Just had SNS nails done on my natural nails and I love them so far. A little concerned that the technicians were not completely sure of what they were doing. They did use uv light to get final coat to dry. Can't find anybody else in my city that does them so I can ask questions. Next place close to me is 45mins to an hour away.

I've had the SNS nails for the last 3 mths. Always on my natural nails & never a fill because I wanted a different color each time. It was suggested to fully remove & start over. The use of the dremel sent up a big RED FLAG & the fact that the nail tech pushes down the skin on each side of the nail. :-\ Basically the same with acrylics. Just a few minutes under the fan, no uv light or odor, but the chemicals are just as toxic as in artificial nails. Don't be fooled by reading the Vitamin C claim. My nails are once again in the same bad shape as they were after acrylic removal. Paper thin, peeling & chipping. I didn't think this would happen again ....well, "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!" Btw, perhaps there's a good reason very few Nail Salons are offering this service. Has anyone here asked that "burning" question, just curious??!

I have had SNS on my natural nails for exactly 1 year & I like them a lot... No chipping, lifting or peeling for me.. I like the fast drying concept which was what led me to get it... I keep the same BRIGHT RED color so I only pay $25 for fill ins...

My only complaint is that not a lot of the Techs in the salon that I go to knows how apply it properly b/c a lot of them make them too thick & bulky...I only have one Nail Tech that I always see at this particular salon but if she is away on vacation (in VEITNAM) or if the shop is very busy, then I have to let a diff Nail Tech do it b/c I dont wanna wait for her to be available. But those other Techs are not properly trained on the technique & application process b/c it is supposed to look just like your nail except slighter thicker than the regular nail...

I plan to take them off next month after this new set grows out some, so I have not yet experienced what my real nails will do or look like after I remove them...hopefully they wont tear or crack like some others have posted on here.... Thanks for reading... BJ

I have been getting this product for the last year and love it. I do not have tips, it goes over my natural nail and I seldom have a nail break. They are thinner than acrylics and I get compliments on my nails everywhere I go.
If you are having a bad experience I would suggest it is the nail tech and not the product.

I currently have it on my natural nails, and it was a waste of $45. When I got them done on a Monday, it was very nice. I was back in the salon that Wednesday because two nails needed to be repaired. Once I reached home, I noticed another nail had began to do the same thing.

It starts out as a crack or shatter, that you see on the surface, and as the crack grows it chips off. I am a teacher, and I don't do hard labor with my hands to cause them to chip the way they are. I do not recommend this product. I will continue to use gel polish.

After 3 weeks of having my SNS nails on, I now think it is time to remove them, what would be the best way to remove them without having to go back to the salon?? Thank you

I got mine done 2.weeks ago and so far so good. I think it depends on how good the tech is who put them on. Ask questions like how long they've been doing that type of product. My tech told me the training was over an entire weekend. He came highly recommended by friends. Before you have it done check around and ask questions. These are a lot more expensive but I've think they are worth it.

Did you find out how to remove them yourself?

To remove sns nails use two bowls one with warm water in it and the other one with acetone. Place the bowl with acetone on top of the bowl with warm water put hands in and it will soak right off about 15 to 20 mins. The hotter the water the better. Also cover hands with a washcloth to keep in heat once in the bowl of acetone.

1st heat a bowl(glass)of water for about a minute or two. 2nd place the bowl(glass)of aceton remover in the bowl of hot water. 3rd place your entire finger tips in the aceton. 4th place a towel over your hand. you will feel it warm as you sit. it takes about 15 or more. no scrapping at all. the sns melts off. the hot water heats the aceton.

i went to a salon and have tried the SNS on my natural nails and the tech told me he does this all the time. My nails look great had it on for a month and i love it. I am going back to have another color put on and my nails redid. It make my nails feel good and they almost fee like there is an acrylic nail over my natural nail, but I used it over my natural nail. I would highly recommend this. It is also easy to take care of.

So I'm natural girl , I have strong long nails that grow fast , but I enjoy working with my hands so when one breaks they all start breaking one by one.... So being that I'm starting a new career in sales, we all know looks mean everything. Since, I had a nice long set all grown out already, the Tech (who also happened to be the owner ) suggested the product that I had been reading about on their wall, I said no chemicals sure I'm down. I don't like the uv gel BC it doesn't last long at all and there's no fill in it just peels away. I can , after witnessing the process, say that experienced Tech is 100% necessary BC the technique takes being detailed and meticulous. I think the best thing is that ppl no longer assume my natural nails are fake, BC the layer is so thin and isn't as glossy fake looking. I am no fool however, just like when acrylic came out the salons never would admit to the set harming your nail bed, this too I am banking will do the same thing to my actual nail strength as acrylic did, but its not the end of the world. I have no issues with cutting them off and starting from new again. .... I mean that is what they do.. ..grow!

Probably the technique that your technician had done to yours was wrong, I had sns nail on mine over 4 weeks, I have no problem at all, no lift, cracked, also sns colour stays perfectly on my nails

Just let you know there is another nail system like sns ( I mean fake) 's been around, after copying sns technique, it has been out to market parallely with it,) coz by itself, it couldn't reach the market ...careful with fake product ( has been claimed crack, damage .)

Do you know of a location in Bergen County, NJ that does SNS??

I have had SNS applied for the first time one week ago. I was explained as to why this is better for my natural nail. We shall see what happens once I get to the removal point. I have been using Acrylic as well as Gel's for the last 20 years, and this really doesn't feel all to different. However, the appearance is definitely way better, and I have yet to experience any lifting which I am really famous for. They are still as shiny and beautiful as they were on day one. The Salon I use for the first time and they appeared to know what they were talking about. Some of you sound like you just had a really bad Tech.

I had SNS applied 3 weeks ago, not one problem the entire time. Trust me...I had them in water, paint thinner, paint etc. and they lasted 3 weeks. Love Them!!! Went back today to change colors. I really like it, it didn't peel like the gel polish. It's not as thick as the acrylic, which I'm thankful for. I just wish there was a more variety of colors, and maybe that will change when more clients start using it.

I love my SNS nails. Acrylics in the past lifted at the tips encouraging moisture and discoloration. Gel was too weak and Shellac peeled off although I believe it was the technician, not the Shellac itself. I have had SNS nails for approx. 5 months now. I can easily leave them til 4 weeks for refills and only occasionally on my thumb nails have I had a crack or chip. I am very rough on them though and never wear gloves when cleaning. Recently when the SNS cracked and chipped off my thumb nail, the natural nail underneath was perfectly healthy and hard! A work colleague let hers grown out by buffing and soaking in acetone and her nails are healthy and hard too. I love the way they feel thin at the tips now that my own nails have grown so I can actually scratch myself, unlike acrylics!! Very natural looking and feel. Highly Recommended.

I love the product, but I HATE the website, ordering process, etc. They never answer the phones, their site is always having trouble, no one speaks english, they never get my complete order correct. I wish the company was better, because I love the products! I do nails in a medical spa setting, but it's impossible to order from them efficiently. I have tried and tried but no luck finiding an internal comtact that can help me.

I am a nail technician in New York and have been one for 18 years. I am always reading up on new products and articles,to keep informed, and I came upon this product,but it seems to me to be like any other dip process out on the market. The only difference is that it doesn't use activator spray. While reading some of these comments I felt the need to reply. What makes an exceptional nail tech different from the rest, is one that will explain all the possibilities to their client. Acrylic gets a bad rap from the MMA acrylic used a long time ago that is not approved by the fda. There are many different acrylics out on the market today that many customers can pick and choose. Any nail enhancement shouldn't lift right away, if that happens the nail tech didn't prep the nails properly. Between UV gels, No-light gels, UV acrylic, odorless acrylic, aqua nail acrylic, powder and glue dip, gel polish etc etc...the list goes on and on. A client receiving any of these enhancements should last anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks depending on how fast your nail grows. Most of my clients go 3 to 4 weeks in between fills. And please be advised NAILS DON'T BREATH IT IS A FALLACY! nails are dead matter it is the root that is not.any nail tech that tells you, "you need to let your nails breath" doesn't know what she is talking about,because you actually learn this while attending school. What ruins your nails is not the enhancement it is the tech ripping or over filing the nail plate. I use a nail drill with almost every client but I am experienced and know how to properly use one. If your nail tech isn't good with a drill I would advise you to ask her not to use one. Another fallacy people don't realize is, if you never had a thick strong nail plate you cannot make it thicker or stronger with strengthening nail polishes.They will be slightly stronger while wearing them but when you take your polish off, your nail is still your nail. It all Depends on the nail root thickness you were born with. Some have a thick nail root some do not. I unfortunately was not one of the lucky ones. I always admired my Grandmother's beautiful long thick natural nails which I never had, therefor I wear enhancements.

it's funny how 90 percent of the reviews bash the gel nails. I refuse acrylic because they lift after 2 weeks and break easy. I work in an auto parts store so i'm hard on my nails, always using chemicals etc. I've been getting gels for 4 years now and I can wear my gel nails for 2 months without any breakage, lifting etc. Granted they are really outgrown by then but they are the most durable-the gel nails for me at least

Yes I found also that SNS liquids were all super scam. ..checed ingredients on bottles matched ingredients on superglue. ..and I can't even find a contact number to be reimbursed

Yes...SNS system are just superglue dipped in if you are allergic to acrylic dont get them anymore

I have been having them done since march and love them I get them done every 4 weeks and they look the same as when I had them done the same the first day I do gardening washing and they do not change I love them

Hello actually I have gotten the SNS done on my natural nails I loved it I felt free from acrylic nails but my nails were still fabulous try it you won't be disappointed

I currently have shellac on my nails - I have had it on my nails about 3 weeks - it is time to get them redone. I noticed some lifting near the edges and pick a little bit off of one of my nails... the nail underneath is yellowing. Why is that? Please tell me the pros and cons of shellac nail polish

I have been getting the SNS nails for a year now, it did take several trips and salons to find the right person to apply it the way I want them to look. I get pink and white and I like the white to be narrow so I would rather go more often than have the white be thick to allow for growth. However with the SNS I find that I am able to go more than 4 weeks and they still look good, if you look closely you can see the new growth line but if I want to I can file the edge and be okay. My nails tend to curve in the longer they grow so I keep them at a decent length but the last time I wanted to have them a bit longer and while they still curved as they grew out the SNS seemed to stay attached, I don't know how because the acrylic would always start lifting at this point. I just did a soak off and my nails were not soft and layered like they were with the acrylic, I honestly think that I could have filed them down some and would not have to have the grow out time like I used to when going a while without acrylic! I would tell anyone to give them a try at least once.

"Healthier nail system" you say? This is what I have to say...I have had acrylic nails and gel nails for nearly 20 years. My salon talked me into the new "SNS" system this past summer. I balked at first because it was more expensive, but finally said OK since they offered my 1st time at same price as my pink & white gel. I had my nails done 4 times. Yes, it was odorless and I did not have to sit under the light. Yes, they were beautiful and more natural looking. Here is the thing: I had the other nails for so many years and NEVER a problem! 4 times with the SNS and I came down with a raging infection underneath the SNS and my own nail on my nail bed. It popped up within a day which happened to be a holiday. My whole thumb swelled up twice it's size and became stiff and I could not bend or move it, I could visably see infection thru the nail and feel puffy spots all over my thumb which was clearly pussy infection. I ended up in urgent care and the Dr proceeded to use some kind of burning needle to burn holes thru my nail to try and relieve some pressure and release some of the infection! My thumb throbbed so badly that I was in constant tears. I needed antibiotics as well as a painkiller.
OK think about this...With this system, rather than painting on the gel or acrylic with a brush, they dip your whole finger tips in the 2 jars and then shake or tap the excess powder off and back into the jars. Think of all the germs/bacteria that are embedded behind the nail down by the "quick." Think about how many others fingers have been in those 2 jars. Think about how many folks do not wash their hands adequately and regularly! This is safer? I think NOT! 20 years of the other techniques and never an issue...4th time using this new technique and I end up with this raging and horrendous infection! Let me tell you how my nail looks now just a little over a month later. Several black burn holes in the nail and the SNS nail grown halfway up my nail (because I certainly couldn't go soak it in acetone to remove it nor have it picked off with wounds on it.) and I am losing my own nail now which is a somewhat slow process as well as the whole nail looks disgusting!. Odorless, YES, pretty..YES...Just don't do it!

I would like to add that the nail hole burning process was extremely painful and I left the urgent care in worse pain...not to mention the disgusting smell of burning nail & flesh! UGHHHHHHH!

I'm a nail tech who started using the product a month ago. I was septical bcuz I'm a shellac fan. There are not 7 different bottles of super glue. It's 1 bottle of a glue that has calcium & vitamins in it. I tried using a regular glue & it doesn't work. If ur eyes were burning, ur face was obviously too close to ur hand. It does burn from the fumes of the glue, but only if ur face is down on the hand, like the nail techs face is sometimes working on the nails. And if ur skin got glued together.....well don't touch ur nails til they're with any nail service. There IS a lady that has answered questions for me at SNS who speaks English....she sounded Caucasian. They all speak English, just hard to understand some of them....just like when u go to the Chinese places to get ur nails done.

Not true. Only true if u rip them off. If removed according to manufacturing guidelines, there will not be further damage. If u only worn them for a few weeks, they might be.....bcuz they've not had time to heal from the acrylics.

Make sure they are completely buffing every part of ur nail before application. Also make sure they are not getting any in the cuticle. If they do, as it grows out, it will lift.

U should find a nail tech who knows how to properly apply them. Whoever did urs obviously didn't know what they were doing. It's fairly new so not many of us have been doing them long. Every nail tech should educate themself before doing them.

It is not traditional acrylic powder. It has 1 acrylic ingredient in it....acrylic ester polymer. Polyethlymethylmethacrylate is the ingredient in traditional acrylic powder. So it depends what ur allergic to exactly. Also in trading acrylic nails, most ppl ate allergic to the combination of the powder & liquid. If ur truly allergic to sns....u should try shellac. It's an awesome product too. I've been using it on my clients to years & I'm only using sns on new clients that have been going to other places that use the drill, rip off their acrylics, etc. They usually need a little more strength than shellac offers... it's my go between product to get them into shellac.

Signature Nails are maintenance free with a natural look that does not require nail polish. The SNS process is not harmful to your nails, in fact it can help damaged nails grow back healthier and stronger.

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For anyone out there try to soak ur hand in acetone remove shellac is wrong. To much soaking will make ur nail break n weak. Shellac is great the only thing make ur nail thin is the tech n urself. No experience tech will buff out the shellac thats will thin out ur nail bed. First take a file rough the top coat of the shellac. Then foil the nail with acetone n cotton ball. Leave it for 8min get woodstick push it out if som part is not remove rough it with a file n foil fir another 3min. If you leave the foil tight enough for 10min ur shellac will come out without any problem. This post described pros and cons of shellac nail polish very nicely. Thanks

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