My nails do not see a lot of colors. I typically coat them in 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,) cleaner/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 sandpaper 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 at 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.