- 6 years ago
As promised, here is my review!
About a week ago I stumbled upon Red Carpet Manicure’s LED Gel Nailpolish while I was looking for good basecoat on Ulta’s website. It’s the first Gel polish that is designed to be used at home. After discussing it with some Bees I decided to give it a shot. I loaded up my cart with all of RCM’s prep items, accessories kit, LED light and three different colours of polish. Here is the link to RCM’s items on Ulta.com.
The portable LED light had some poor reviews but I couldn’t wait for the Professional version which was coming out in a few weeks, so for $20 I decided to take a chance. I found a coupon for $15 and free shipping. Ulta was also running a promotion for buy two of the polish colours get one free. I chose 164 Its Not A Taupe, 162 Glitterati, and 158 Drop Dead Gorgeous. My total was about $70 for the whole kit and three colours of polish. That’s less than the cost of two gel manicures at the salon!
Please forgive the pictures, I can’t fine my camera so I had to cellphone it up.
They arrived today! Here’s the picture of the whole kit and caboodle:
My first impression was that the bottles were much smaller than I’d expected. The applicatore brushes were tiny skinny, but that actually worked out to my advantage giving my a more precise application.
I popped some batteries into my light and got started following their directions (which come with the light). I started by oushing back my cuticles, shaping my nails and buffing the nail surface with items from the Accessories Kit. Then I used the Purity cleanser on a tissue to remove any excess dust and oil. The next step is applying Prep, a sanitizer that dries the nail bed out for better adhesion.
I then applied Structure, the basecoat. The first thing I noticed is that it’s a bit thicker than regulare nailpolish so it’s a little bit difficult to achieve the thin coat the instructions tell you to use. It takes 1 minute to cure but you have to do it in three steps (four fingers, two thumbs, four fingers). The light has a swivel feature and little grooves to rest your fingers (or toes) and was easy to use.
The next step was applying a thin layer of the colour. I chose to to use 164 Its Not A Taupe for this experiment. It’s a light grey-hued taupe-ish colour. I cured the first coat in the three steps for 2 minutes because it’s a light colour (dark colours take 3 minutes). I wasn’t happy with the opacity, so I applied another thin coat and cured it again.
Once I was done I applied the Brilliance topcoat and cured in the three steps for 2 minutes. The nailpolish remains tacky through the WHOLE process, right up until the VERY end. After you’ve cured the topcoat you put some more Purity on a tissue and wipe the nails smooth. I’m not sure how, but after this step the tackiness vanishes.
I make the mistake of trying to move a pillow with my nails still tacky from the topcoat and got some fuzz on one of my nails. The fuzz wiped right off with the Purity. After the last step of the Purity, my nails were hard and shiny like gels should be! I used Revitalize, RCM’s cuticle oil, afterward as suggested, but I didn’t feel like it did much for me. I think I prefer Sally Hansen’s VitaSurge Growth Gel for softening cuticles and skin.
The Portable LED light worked perfectly through the whole process, but I will likely spring for the more powerful $50 Professional version when it is released to cut down on the curing time.
Here is the final product:
Unrelated Note: That’s not my ring in the picture. It’s my cheapie Icing stand in while mine ring is being polished and resized. Seeing that pic make me miss it more! 🙁
While I’m hesitant to give a final verdict until I wear it for a few days, I’m really happy with it so far! It feels like gel nails, looks like gel nails and even FI remarked that it looked professionally done! It doesn’t feel like it’s going to chip. I need to get a bit better with the application, but practice makes perfect. Pending a week or two of wear and going through the removal process with the Erase remover, thumbs up from me!
Now I just need to get more colours!