My nails do not see a lot of color. I typically coat them in a clear polish and keep them at a relatively low length. Unfortunately as winter approaches my nails always fall apart—they peel, break, split and look awful. I tend to wear more colored polish in the winter to hide their flaws. I want to keep them covered in something that will prevent breakage but I hate to have to paint my nails every couple of days. It can take up a big part of my day to apply a base coat, two coats of color, and a top coat. Many times after I have finished I end up smudging them no matter how careful I am. I am intrigued by the idea of gel polishes–cured with an LED light, they are meant to last up to two weeks. All of the gel polish kits I have checked into require a primer, a base coat, color, and a top coat–on top of a $70+ LED lamp. BUT…..
Last week I was shopping in Wal-Mart & saw their display for the Sensationail Fuse Gelnamel Starter Kit. At $24.98 you get a mini-LED light, an “all in one” polish (requiring no base or top coat,) cleanser/wipes, a manicure stick, and a nail buffer. I caved and picked it up. I got home and read all of the directions: I buffed each of my nails, cleansed them, applied a “thin” coat of polish, cured them for 30 seconds, and wiped them off with the cleanser again—-one by one.
The polish did dry in 30 seconds; but it was a completely different color than the bottle it came out of. The bottle is colored a light pink with large pieces of pink glitter—the polish itself was clear with pink glitter. The polish was extremely thick–it was hard to apply a thin coat; so when I went to cure a couple of the nails they became very hot under the LED light. I was impressed at how smooth of a finish the glitter nail polish produced; typically my nails feel like sand paper after applying glitter polish. The set up was very easy to use; but the gloopy polish in an unexpected color was not impressive.
I have tried this process a couple of times in the last week… The first time the polish stayed on my nails for 3 days; but just as I was arriving to an important gathering the polish started popping off of my nails–one entire nail-bed at a time. I still could not tell you how easy or difficult it is to remove the polish (with an acetone soak) because last night when I tried again, the polish started popping off of my nails within a couple of hours. I liked the way my nails looked and I intended to take better photos in the sunlight today of my finished manicure; but all of the polish had come off. It might as well have been peel off nail polish.
I love the idea of gel-polish and now that I have a mini LED lamp; I might have to pick up some primer, base coat, color, and a top coat from a different company.