Thursday, 12 July 2012

Gel nail polish? Nooo...okay, maybe.

Hey nail pals, how are you?

Me? I'm blocked up, can't hear out of my left ear, have a runny nose and a throat infection...good times. Only goodness knows how I got this nasty bug, but it won't get the better of me!

Despite being dead on my feet today, I attended a gel polish training event with a company called Profile. Their gel polish line is called Gellux and now that I'm providing treatments to clients, I can't not offer a gel polish...despite my feelings about it. I used to pride myself on being a staunch conscientious objector (to gel polish of course), and I had poo-pooed the idea ages ago. I mean, how can a person wear the same nail polish for two whole weeks? It's sacrilege I tells ya.

Anyway, I sat there with a bunch of other women with varying skills and was told how amazing Gellux was. I was told that someone would work on me - something I hate, especially when the person working on me doesn't know how to hold a nail file. Luckily, as there were odd numbers, the tutor said that she'd work on me. I say luckily. After she nearly stabbed my fingers to death with her 'cuticle handy' (metal cuticle pusher), she did this to me.

Erm. No. That's. No. Good.

When a nail line carries one of those great flat precision brushes, you should really try to use them correctly. Rather than use the wide side of the brush, she turned the brush and used the narrow side. I was so shocked when she'd finished and the hairdresser who painted my other hand was far better! I was even more deflated when I remembered that I couldn't take the bloody manicure off without having to soak it off!!

The manicure does the Gellux no justice. It has a nice brush, nice consistency and when it is dry, it has more shine than Seche Vite (but doesn't have the shrinkage issue).  There are some nice colours in the line too.
Soak off was pretty straightforward. We filed off the shiny gel layer, wrapped nails with acetone soaked cotton pads and used foil. Hands were put into heated mittens and after about 20 minutes, we were able to scrape the crumbly Gellux off. I've heard that there are other lines that take less time to remove and don't need to be filed, but I have nothing else to compare this to yet.

I just couldn't walk around with these bare side walls, so I stuck some gems and pearls on! I'm going to try to keep this Gellux on for at least a week, to see if the claims are true.

I will say that if you want an alternative to gel or acrylic overlays to grow your nails, you could try using a gel polish base coat. My middle nail was quite weak after removing an extension recently and right now, it feels well reinforced. The tutor had clear Gellux on her nails, but she'd used about 20 was all thick and horrible. But that was her own technique, not the product.

'Magenta Rocks'
Okaaay, so there is a little bleed on the side walls, but that's because my partner was having the Gellux scraped off her right hand and she was bouncing around a lot.

Okay, I'm off to bed to get some well deserved rest. Don't worry, as much as I like the stuff, it will never take the place of my lacquer!

Let me know how you feel about gel polishes.



  1. wow! the first (pink) application is very bad!! Almost bare nails LOL~ But I do like both of the colors and the idea to add some bling-bling is amazing!
    Aghhh... I have to buy whole set of gel products too!

    I wish U all the best! Get healthy soon!

  2. I can't believe the tutor was so bad at it! How could she not see the giant bare spot?! Luckily you fixed it really pretty!
    I'm not too crazy about gel polishes for the same reason you're not. I do, however, think it is a nice alternative for women who don't take the time to have a manicure regularly.

  3. WOW!! The actual tutor did that hand.. :S that is um... well really bad... Luckily you have skill and managed to make it look better with the gems and sparkles (looks lovely by the way) I have never tried the gel polish not sure I would want to after this. Looking forward to more reviews about the gel polishes in further classes.

    Love the blog by the way! :)

  4. Omg the bare side walls would totally annoy the hell out of me. I love how you fixed it with the pearls and gems though, it looks much better.

  5. Impressive nail art using gel nail polish. This was the Best Gel Manicure that I had seen. When I saw the pictures in the post, I can relate what the blogger wants to share. This site is very entertaining.


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