Post # 1
I’ve seen a few old topics on RCM and thought I’d start a fresh one. I’ve had my RCM system for almost two years now and I love it! RCM is an at-home gel polish manicure kit, so if you’re tired of chipping polish or $$$ salon manicures, RCM is for you. Here’s their website.
Anyone have any questions?
Post # 3
Yes actually! I’m a faithful Shellac girl– every two weeks with Kenny without missing a day! I’m SUPER terrible at polishing my own nails. Is the RCM polish any more or less difficult to deal with as far as application?
Post # 4
I keep toying with buying one of these because I can’t keep my nails from chipping to save my life and it’s SO frustrating. One reason I don’t is because a) I won’t be able to use any of the polish I have and I don’t want them to go to waste and b) i don’t want them to ruin my nails. Do you do it consistenly and never take a break from wearing them? Is it hard on your nails?
Post # 5
Oooh!!! Only $59.99 for a starter kit?! Does that have everything we need?
Let’s see, where I live, the cheapest Shellac’s are $25, with most being $30. If I bought the kit, that would pay for 2.
Are the polishes expensive? Are there lots of options? Would I have to use that brand or could I use others?
Thanks!! I always thought these were super expensive so I’ve never given them thought!
Post # 6
Isn’t the UV light used to cure the gel polish really really bad for you? Or is that just media hype? Can you do gels without curing under the UV light? I’m doing my nails constantly and would love a more durable option.
Post # 7
@s2bmrscook: It takes a bit to get used to, although that might be because I can’t wear regular polish and am just not used to applying it. The biggest thing is using THIN coats and removing any excess polish from your skin (especially touching the cuticle) before the cure the layer.
@MsJ2theZ: I do usually go back to back (to back to back, haha) with my manis and give my nails a break every once in a while. I’ve never had issues with my nails from wear, though. My nails are usually pretty prone to breaking, and I feel like this stuff actually *helps* with that. I don’t find it hard on my nails at all.
@Coral99: Get the pro kit (or just the pro light). The other light is worthless. The pro light cures in 45 seconds, as opposed to 2 minutes, and I had problems with getting the layers cured with the portable. The polishes are $9.99 each, and they have a ton of colors now (something like 60+?). Our Ulta used to have a small endcap display, and now it’s a huge one. Not sure about using other brands, but I’m sure you could–they’d just have to be gel polishes. The bottles of polish are pretty small, but tbh, I have yet to run out of anything.
@fishbone: The RCM lights are LED lights, not UV, so yes, you can do gel without UV. 🙂 That’s one thing I like about it, since I have very fair, sensitive skin.
Post # 8
Also, what I recommend:
– RCM pro light
– cotton balls
– RCM Step 1: Prep
– RCM Step 3: Purify
– RCM Step 2: Structure (base coat) and Brilliance (top coat)
– RCM Step 2: Color – open the bottle before you buy it. A lot of their colors aren’t exactly true to bottle (since the bottles have to be opaque).
– RCM accessory kit
– cuticle remover (I like this one)
– rubber-ended cuticle pusher (like this)
– ELF cuticle pen
– a good nail polish remover (I’ve found that this one works best)
– buffing block
Post # 9
@vorpalette: Oh, I have has shellac done before. how long does it take start to finish- I DIY mani and don’t have the patience for it drying for a long time.
Also how difficult is it to take off? When I did shellac the nail tech had to file and crack at my natural nails to get it off and it made my nails so thin- a few broke w/o a few days.
Post # 10
@aliciapdx: It takes probably 45 minutes start to finish. There are a lot of steps, and I tend to do three coats of color.
– push back cuticles/remove dead skin from nail
– trim/file/shape nails as desired
– rough surface of nail
– use Purify on a cotton ball, swiped over nails
– use Prep on nails
– base coat, cure 45 seconds (typically have to do this four fingers and thumb separately because of the size of the light)
– color coat two or three layers, cure between each
– top coat, cure 45 seconds
– swipe each nail with Purify on cotton ball
I do one hand and then the other so that I’m never painting my other hand with “wet” nails. Your nails aren’t dry until the top coat is cured and wiped down, but then I can move on to my other hand with dry nails.
Post # 11
@vorpalette: mine break and peel really easily too which is why I keep them constantly painted. I probably could have paid for this by now with all the no chip top coats I’ve tried!!
Post # 12
@vorpalette: I have the RCM system too….here are my 2 questions:
1. What are your favourite colours? What’s the best light/nude colour? I have Camera Shy and it is basically clear, not nude, and we don’t have RCM near me (I need to cross the US border and go to Ulta) so would like some recomendations before the trip.
2. No matter how thin I do the coats, I always seem to end up with spill-over on my pinky fingers, and sometimes other fingers too. I do always check to remove any mess off my cuticles before curing, so I don’t know how this happens. Maybe it spreads right before or during initial curing? Any tips?
Post # 13
@MsJ2theZ: I suggest checking into RCM, then! I cannot keep regular polish on my nails to save my life, no matter what I do.
@cdncinnamongirl: Favorite colors: Glitteratzzi, Oh So 90210, and Simply Adorable. Those are the ones I use most. Nude color, definitely Fake Bake. Like I said above, definitely open the bottle before you buy to check the color. I had that issue with Camera Shy and Nervous with Anticipation and returned them both because I wanted a cream pink. Simply Adorable is my light pink cream, though I haven’t tried I Simply Love Your Nails yet.
As for extra polish, it probably spreads a little, especially towards the sides. I always take the brush and wipe it off and then go over any areas that look thicker or like the polish is pooling. Basically you want no polish on the brush.
Post # 14
@vorpalette: I use RCM polish but I use Sensationail kit. It was cheaper! Sally hensen has recently come out with a system as well. I love gel polish!
Post # 15
@Coral99: there are quite a few brands of gel polish now. RCM, sensationail and Sally Hensen are sold in target for $9.99 I believe. Sallys beauty carries gelish brand but I think it’s $11.99. There’s a good variety if colors between all the brands.