It’s been a few months since I’ve started contemplating using gel polishes more often because they last longer than regular nail polish. I only do my nails on Friday night because that’s the one night I can stay up late and sleep in the next day. However, my manicure will rarely last into the next week. I can usually get it to last until Monday, and maybe Tuesday if I’m really lucky, but that’s it. Back in January, I ordered some gel polishes from Born Pretty Store and today I’m sharing my first experience with their gels along with a lesson learned.
A lot of their bottles look the same so I wrote on them which one was which so that I didn’t have to look under the bottles every single time. The rectangular cap comes off to reveal a smaller round cap. All the brushes are flat and work well.
If you’re unfamiliar with gel nail polishes, these don’t air dry. You need to cure them under a LED or UV lamp for anywhere between 30 seconds to 2 minutes depending on the brand of nail polish and the type of light that you use. I bought this LED/UV lamp on Amazon and it works great.
This is not the first time that I use a gel nail polish, but it’s still not something I’ve done often. When I do my nails I always paint my right hand first and that gives me the time to see how the nail polish feels. By the time I paint my left hand, which is the one I take pictures of, I’ve usually learned a few things from doing my right hand first. That was definitely the case with this nail polish because I went WAY too thick on my right hand and the finish was full of lumps. I used way thinner coats on my left hands and it looks SO much better.
I did my nails on Friday night, then on Wednesday morning after taking my shower I got a huge chunk come off my pinky finger on my right hand. Remember this is the hand that was very thick and lumpy, so I suspected that it had something to do with the chip (more on that later). Otherwise everything still looked good.
These are soak-off gel polishes, so to remove them you only have to soak them in acetone for 5-10 minutes. With the other brand of gel nail polish I tried before, you had to buff off the top layer of the nail polish before soaking them, so that’s what I did this time too (although you don’t need to do that with this one). While buffing off my right hand (the thick and lumpy one), the nail polish came off in huge chunks and you could see that it was still wet underneath. I had applied it so thick that it didn’t fully cure all the way through. And this is why my pinky chipped the way it did. Lesson learned: use THIN coats!
What I love about gel nail polish is that once it’s cured, it’s dry. That’s it! No need to wait for it to dry in fear of getting bedsheet prints on your nails. This means that I’ll possibly be able to do my nails any night of the week and not just on Fridays anymore.
I seriously love the shine of a gel nail polish. Even though I had a little chipping issue with this manicure, it was totally my fault due to my lack of knowledge of gel polishes. I’ll definitely know better next time and can’t wait to try other gel colours.
If you order from Born Pretty don’t forget to use my code AOBQ10 to get 10% off your order.
What brands of gel nail polishes do you use?
– Chantal 🙂
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Computer geek by day and super mom by night, Chantal loves to try products of any kind and share her thoughts with the world.