I can see the benefits: less wear on your cuticles by not having to use polish remover constantly, a hard base to help prevent chips and breaks, a non chip system to make your manicure last longer, etc etc. But on someone like me, who almost goes BATTY if I wear the same color longer than 2 days, the whole method is a little wasted. But for testing sakes, I managed to get through 12 days without changing my polish! I know!
This is Gelish base coat, 2 coats of Hot Rod Red and Gelish Top coat. I purchased an el' cheapo UV lamp on eBay for $13.
NOTE: these photos were taken 3 days after application, I kind of forgot to take them on the first day. You can see that my first gel polish application was a little messy...nobody warned me that when this stuff has cured, it's NOT budging! You can't fix it up with acetone and a brush!
10 days. The tips have worn a little bit BUT I didn't wrap them with polish.
And after 12 days. Yes, I had a little pick at my ring finger's cuticle to try and fix it up and the end messy result is what made me finally remove it. Pretty good wear tho isn't it?
Things I did wrong on my first attempt at gel polish:
*Painted near my cuticles. Really try hard to stop the polish at least 1mm away from your cuticles.
*Painted thicker coats. Too much polish will run and it's too hard to clean up properly.
*PEELED THEM OFF! Do NOT peel them no matter how great the temptation when they do start to lift a little at the sides. You WILL end up with peeling on your nails.....on the whole nail too and just not at the ends. Trust me, I know from experience :(
*Didn't seal the tips. This attributed to tip wear after 3 days.
The benefits of gel polish is that I don't have to worry about changing my polish while on holidays. I now know that I can go at least 12 days and still have nails that look good.
It also helped me grow my nails super long and be able to be shaped into a semi stiletto shape.
I have since purchased a few more colors so I look forward to playing with these!
Anyone have some gel tips for me?