Battle of the Nail Polish Strips: Color Street vs. Lily and Fox

Updated on September 28, 2018
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Lauren is a busy mother of two magnificent children and loves music, food, and experimenting with her hairstyle.

When I first began my foray into nail polish strips, there were few reviews on Color Street and none on Lily and Fox. So I decided to review and compare both companies so that others could be informed before they buy.

What are nail polish strips?

Nail strips are an alternative to nail polish. They generally consist of a set of different sized strips that you peel and apply to your nails.

Company Summaries

Color Street

Color Street is a direct marketing company founded in New York by Fa Park. Their patented products were previously sold in stores as Incoco nails, and recently the company switched to a direct sales platform and is experiencing massive growth.

Lily and Fox

Lily and Fox is an Australian based online retailer. Their website offers only a vague account of their history and information.

Price

Color Street

These nail polish strips cost $11-14 for each set, and shipping is $3.00. You can buy three sets and get one free, or for their French manicure sets, you can buy one and get one free. Each set comes with 16 nail strips, and you can usually use both ends of the strip. I generally do my nails twice with one set.

Lily and Fox

These strips sell for a very palatable $2.99 per set, with free global shipping, although this is supposedly a sale price. The original prices are marked at $8.99. In the few months I’ve bought from this company, the sale prices have always stayed in effect. Each set comes with 16 strips, but I’ve rarely been able to use both ends of one strip.

Look and Design

Color Street

This company boasts vibrant colors and professional looking nails. The designs are a bit limited and they cycle through them often, but overall are contemporary and classy.

Lily and Fox

These products are appealing and fun, and they’ve got far more variety than Color Street—they especially deliver some great designs for holidays. But some of the designs seem a little cheap looking, particularly when the colors are faded or the images are a bit campy.

Ease of Application

Color Street

When I first tried these products, I was amazed by how easy they were to apply. It did take me a little while to get them lined up correctly on my nails, but after some practice, I was able to apply a full set in about 5 minutes. You peel off the strip, apply it to your nail, and file or tear off the excess. The strips are light enough to be able to stretch and fit easily.

You remove the strips with nail polish remover, although it takes a lot of remover and rubbing to get it all off.

Lily and Fox

The process for applying these products is essentially the same, but I’ve found it’s a little more frustrating. The protective sheet on the strip does not come off as easily, it’s hard to pull the tabs off, and the strips are so thick that you have to use a nail file to finish off the excess.

The company’s website does not provide any insight on how to remove the strips, I generally just peel them all off when I’m ready to be done with them.

Durability

Color Street

The company says your applied nail strips can last up to two weeks, but unless you wear protective gloves all day or are an underwear model, this is probably not accurate. They will last weeks if you do absolutely nothing, but if you plan on dressing yourself, eating and preparing food, wrangling kids, or doing any other type of daily activities, these nail strips will chip and crack, although I feel they hold up better than a professional manicure.

Lily and Fox

They also say their nails will last two weeks, but again, this is true if you do absolutely nothing. The difference with these nail strips is that they won’t necessarily crack or chip as much (these strips are incredibly tough), but I’ve found they do snag and stick to just about anything. Unless you file them off just right, water and dirt will get under them and cause them to easily peel off. Usually, I only keep these on for a day or so. On the occasions where I’ve kept them on for longer, they get a little warped and wrinkled.

This Lily and Fox nail began peeling off a couple hours after application.
This Lily and Fox nail began peeling off a couple hours after application.

Feel

Color Street

I really do love the way these nails feel. They’re smooth and glossy, and they generally make my nails feel stronger.

Lily and Fox

These also make my nails feel stronger, but they’re not smooth. Rather, they’re more rubbery and sticky. The company recommends painting a clear top coat over the strips, but what’s the point of having nail strips if you have to use nail polish too?

Smell

Color Street

Yes, I do mention the smell, and this is why. Color Street strips smell like nail polish, which I like. Not that I like the smell of nail polish, but since they claim that their strips are made from nail polish, and they come out of the package smelling as such, I’m more inclined to believe them.

Lily and Fox

Lily and fox also claim their strips are made from nail polish, but they smell more like rubber. Are you sensing a theme here?

Summary and Recommendation

I would actually recommend both of these company’s products. I would use Color Street more for everyday use where I’d appreciate the feel and longevity. The price point is a little hard to swallow, but they are still cheaper than most professional manicures.

I would recommend Lily and Fox for events and occasions where I only need to wear them for a few hours. However, if their magical, ongoing sale should ever end and the price of their products jumps to $8.99, I don’t think I’d still purchase them.

I feel both of these companies offer great products that ease the effort of applying nail polish and curb the cost of professional manicures.

Which Nail Polish Strip Company Would You Prefer?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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      • Lauren Flauding profile imageAUTHOR

        Lauren Flauding 

        34 hours ago from Sahuarita, AZ

        Leslie,

        Color Street is great quality and you pay for it. I have found some Lily and Fox designs have stayed longer than a day. It seems their designs are not uniform, making me think they may get their products from multiple manufacturers. Lily and Fox are great for a quick, fun event, but the longevity and feel of Color Street is uncontested.

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        Leslie Jean Knope 

        38 hours ago

        I would just like to say that I too have tried both Colorstreet and Lily Fox. I bought some as Christmas gifts but wanted to give them a try first to see what I was gifting. Colorstreet came in the mail fairly quickly and Lily and Fox took forever. I was already a fan of Colorstreet but for the price of the other one, I had to try. I could not agree more with this well written accurate description. Lily and Fox were more like stickers than nail wraps. I will say though putting a 'quick dry' clear top coat over the Colorstreet really lengthens the life. Unfortunately as soon as I took a shower the Lily and Fox came right off. So they didn't last 12 hours and I will not be giving them as gifts. Well maybe to the 10 year old girls, but not the adults. Again, great article, veey accurate and well described.

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        Lauren Flauding 

        4 weeks ago from Sahuarita, AZ

        Kikilong,

        That’s great! I definitely think there might be some variation of longevity between some of the Lily and Fox styles. I’ve tried a couple that were truly frustrating, but other than those ones I’ve had a pretty good experience with them.

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        Kikilong 

        4 weeks ago

        I’m currently wearing a lily & fox set that I’ve had on for two weeks! They’re glitter so I’m not sure if that makes a difference but I’m very impressed. Def going to buy again.

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        Lauren Flauding 

        5 weeks ago from Sahuarita, AZ

        Mallory,

        I have not tried Glitterati, I will have to check them out. Thanks for the tip!

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        Mallory 

        5 weeks ago

        Lauren,

        Have you tried Glitterati? I have tried all three of these companies and found that Glitterati lasted the longest for me as well as being cheaper than color street. You also get 18 strips instead of 16.

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        Lauren Flauding 

        6 weeks ago from Sahuarita, AZ

        Sharon,

        Honestly, the more I use Lily and Fox, the more I like them. I still think Color Street are the better quality, and you pay for it, but I find Lily and Fox to be more and more acceptable for dat to day use. And I love their variety of designs!

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        Sharon 

        6 weeks ago

        I love Lily and Fox! So easy to apply and really last. Dish washing house cleaning and all. I tried to order the Christmas wraps but were sold out, surprise! So excellent, I have tried a lot of wraps too. Please keep up the good work!

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        Lauren Flauding 

        2 months ago from Sahuarita, AZ

        Betsy, I actually had to go through a few failed attempts before I found a method that worked. After I use all the nails I need for the first time, I put the extras back in the clear plastic sleeve they came in, fold it over and tape it all the way around. I have found, however, that even with this method the remaining nails end up slightly more brittle than at first and shorten their life a bit, but I always get them to last at least a week.

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        Betsy Kleger 

        2 months ago

        I love color street. Question: you mentioned that you can use one set twice. How do you store them so they don’t dry out? I was under the impression that once they were opened they had to be used right away

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        Lauren Flauding 

        2 months ago from Sahuarita, AZ

        Katie, yeah, it always seems like the Color Street nails still smell like nail polish almost one or two days afterwards. It’s kind of weird.

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        Katie 

        2 months ago

        Did you notice the smell of the color street to go away? They were still smelling strong 12+ hours after application for me, which gave me a headache.

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        Maykup 

        2 months ago

        Sweet products free

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        Lauren Flauding 

        2 months ago from Sahuarita, AZ

        Here are the links to the websites of these two companies, which I would imagine would be useful for anyone seriously considering buying their products.

        https://colorstreet.com

        https://www.lilyandfox.com

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