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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Easy to Use, Good Results
on May 19, 2013
I've been doing my own nails off and on for the last 20 years. Products have certainly evolved since then. I could never quite get the knack of doing my own acrylics--without the professional drill/sander, it was just impossible. So I've experimented with gels. Gels in jars were the first ones available. I would have to paint regular color over them after I applied them, and usually (and still do) put on a tip, silk wrap, and then the products. (What can I say? I have lousy nails.)
I made the leap to gel polish when I acquired a really nice CND UV lamp, so I tried CND Shellac, and a few other products. They would look okay, but not great and they didn't last as long as I wanted. I would spend 5-6 hours doing my nails every 10 days or so. Very tedious work. Filing off the product, making repairs, etc., and then the drying time - 3 minutes per cycle (Base coat, 2-3 color coats, top coats).
Then I discovered LED light-curing products. The first one I tried was Sensationails, which I bought at THE big discount store. It wasn't bad. It greatly reduced the time needed to do my nails, but I found the soaking-off process ridiculously time-consuming, and there was a very limited selection of colors. And they would get dull quickly.
Next, I bought the Haute Polish system, also an LED system. Run, don't walk, away from this one. The gel polishes are very thin, and they peeled off every time I used them.
So, I went to Harmony's Gelish line. I used to buy them on Amazon, but it was a nice surprise to see them available locally at Sally's. Unfortunately, the ones at the store are very small in size, and therefore very pricey. I also noticed my nails would be dull after the top coat.
Finally, I tried Sally's Fingerpaints Gel Polish. They are easy to use, stay on well, and easy to remove. Of all the products I've tried, I'm most pleased with these. They require a 30 second cycle for each coat under the LED lamp, and have held up well the two times I have done them. Wish there were more colors, but they'll come, I'm sure. And the bottles are full-sized, as opposed to the tiny Gelish bottles.
For the record, I'm in my 50's, and I like lots of different colors on my nails. But even if you are more conservative, there are colors you should be content with. So far, I like this product and this kit is a good one for those who want a set to start them off.