To start off, I already had the sensationail gel kit, I used Sally Hansen gel polish with the sensationail base and top coat, primer and cured with the sensationail light, it worked perfectly! Also, this stayed on for two weeks before I removed it out of boredom, not because it had to, I had zero chipping in those two weeks, none of it was even starting to lift up on the edges! I'm so impressed! With sensationail colors, it was always peeling up by the end of week one... I know since I used both brands, it may be that I FINALLY learned to apply it correctly and that's why I had such great results, but I am still very happy with this product, especially since I had no problems using the polish with the kit I already had! Super excited that there are more options on the market for at home gel manicures!
I was really excited about this purchase, but it was difficult to get the film to lay flat on my nails, and even if I did manage to get all of the winkles out for one nail, I certainly could not do it for all my nails. I tried multiple times, hoping it was just a learning curve, but no luck, worst 30 bucks I've spent in a while.
If you like a nice, SHINY long lasting
IF not going to do dishes ea day or garden
manicure, this is a great little kit. I received it as a holiday gift from my son and I LOVE IT. I don't always have time to go to the salon for a GEL set.
I have alot of experience applying stickers so the gel stickers were a breeze. The gel top coat is a snap to apply and cure. Do it 2x for better results
I advise you apply ALL stickers first
Apply the gel to ALL nails on one hand first
cure ea 2 x
clean cured nails w/wipe
Finish other hand....all in all about 30-40 min
BEST thing....you are DRY immediately and no nail polish smell!
I saw this advertised in a magazine and was skeptical. The product is advertised as easy to use and providing mirror like shine for up to 2 weeks. Having never used nail strips, I was concerned about application, but it was a breeze. Once application was completed, my nails were super shiny and looked like a professional manicure. Finally, as to the claim that it lasts up to 2 weeks, this manicure did last me a full 2 weeks before it started to chip around the cuticle area due to my nails growing out.
Added bonus, after removing the strips, I applied a normal polish and finished it with the gel topcoat and LED lamp. The results were just as lovely and I anticipate it will extend the life of regular polish. While I don't expect this to last as long as the strips, it looks good for now and is a lower cost alternative to purchasing gel strips every 2 weeks at 15 dollars
I have used the sally hansen nail strips before so have good practice with that part of the application which does take time and patience if you have it. I am a nurse and wash my hands constantly so when i saw the gel version I was very excited! I have used this product for the first time and am very pleased. Next time I plan to make sure I leave (a little) room between the strip and the nail so that the gel top coat seals properly because a couple of nails needed resealing because I secured the strip too close to my cuticles. I will try this product again and love the pale pink color that helps me fly under the radar at work. (nail polish technically not allowed)
I agree with Smc6288 that the "shell we dance" color is pretty useless unless you just want shiny nails. However, I have used one of the red colors (I can't remember the name) and it was thicker and more opaque, and I really liked it. I went about five days before I noticed any chips, and they were really minor. It's not as good quality as a salon gel polish, but it's still much better than when I use regular nail polish (including base coat, top coat, etc.) Overall, I think it is good value for the cost.
I can only speak to the "Shell We Dance" color but it is absolutely terrible. The strips are so thin that from more than one inch away it looks as if I don't have any color on at all and up close it only looks mildly pink. Add that to the fact that this product takes quite a bit of time to apply and it's high cost, and I'm not sure I will ever try another color.
I absolutely love this product! Would recommend to anyone. Easy to use! My mom has one too and loves it! My college daughters love to use mine! I will probably buy them one for Christmas. I am buying one for my mother in law for her birthday!
After researching this product for several weeks and reading the reviews, I purchased this nail kit last night. I must say I was very pleased with the results and ease of application. I was finished and ready to go in a half hour. Prep was a cinch and application was a breeze. Since I just did my nails last night, I don't know how log it will last, but so far, not a chip or peeling. Was very careful to not get any on my skin or cuticles and was meticulous in following the instructions. The only con I have is with the Shell We Dance, not as intense as the regular Complete Salon Manicure, but still very nice.
This product is a great starter kit for anyone who wants to do their own gel manicures at home. The instructions are easy to follow and when followed correctly, the nails look amazing! I have had mine polished for a whole week already and have had no chips or signs of lift. I get tons of compliments for how shiny and nice they look!