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Gorgeous colors and great shine.
on April 21, 2013
This is a review of Couture gel polish base, color and top only. I do not have the entire kit and I use a different brand LED lamp. I decided to try the Couture base in an effort to find something that was easier to soak-off. I was having some long and nasty soak-offs. My online research brought me to the Couture line. I have done two manicures and one pedicure so far and indeed soak-offs are markedly easier, faster and more gentle. Unfortunately, I am not yet sure if the easy soak-off also means that the wear is not as long lasting as I have had issues with lifting after a couple of days. My non-dominant hand and pedicure remain perfect, so this may be user-error rather than the base. The base is a different, more silky consistency than I am used to working with, so I'm hoping the culprit is user error that I will be able to work out. I love the top coat and it is one of the shiniest I've used.
In addition to the base and top, I currently have one Couture color - Vintage Denim (new Spring 2013 line) and it's GORGEOUS! There are many more Couture colors that I plan to purchase due to the high pigment and quality of the colors. The color goes on beautifully with zero streaking and self-levels. Vintage Denim is a med-dark purplish blue with beautiful shimmer. This shimmer appears to be a trademark found in many of Couture's colors and I absolutely love it. In my opinion it really adds something special to the color. Since Vintage Denim is a darker color, I have experienced some shrink-back with it but was able to easily minimize this by being extra diligent with capping the free-edge.
Update: The wear issues that I had on my dominant hand appear to have been due to my application. I was very careful with my application on subsequent manicure and it's lasting great. My non-dominant hand and my pedicure are still perfect too. So, I think the issue was that I didn't cap the free edge very well on my dominant hand when I did my first manicure. It's hard working with my non-dominant hand! I also applied the product a little more thickly (not thick by any means but I think I took the "thin application" a little too far as I've noticed this has improved my wear with other SOG brands as well). If I have truly found the SOG line that has staying power AND easy soak off I am going to be a very happy girl!!!