Post # 1
I am thinking about buying an at-home Gel manicure kit, and hoping for some insight on which one is the best! I don’t want to spend more than like $50. If you have an at-home gel kit, what brand is it and what did you spend? What did it come with, and what did you have to buy additionally? Lastly, what’s the easiest /least damaging way to remove gel polish?
Thanks for any insight you can offer, bees!
Post # 2
I just bought my first kit, and I am absolutely in love! I just did my nails, my sisters, and my moms.
I bought the Sensationail kit as it was the cheapest and it works fabulously. I have tried their polishs too, and I love them. Especially compared to the more expensive China Glaze, which made my mom’s nails streaky and more matte than expected.
My kit came with: the light, top coat, base coat, and one pink polish (which is everything you need, unless you want a different color).
While I have not personally removed my nails yet, I am going to try the method of where you take a cotton ball and submerge it in 100% acetone and wrap that and aluminum foil around your finger for 15 minutes (don’t forget to file the top coat down first!).
I’m also looking in getting UNT’s peel off base coat. It removed gel polish super easily, but it won’t last the full two weeks (but I love changing my nails, so that’s why I want it.)
EDIT: My Sensationail Kid was only $24 at Walmart! And it has a 2 year waranty.
Post # 3
I hot a kit and used it like twice in 5/6 months. I got the lamp, base and top coat, 1 red 1 pink varnish, removal strips and removal polish. The set was £25 . For me it takes to long to do, not neat, and tools not as good/powerful as salon ones. Just own opinion
Post # 4
I’ve been using OPI’s infinite shine kit. It’s not really a kit, you buy a specific primer and top coat and then there are nail colors that are part of the set. It’s not really gel, but meant to be more long lasting. So far, I really like it. It’s a good alternative when I’m trying to save money.
Post # 5
My SO bought me a kit for Christmas with lamp and a few colours, use blue-sky polishes as I like the way they apply and last.
I am naughty and have only soaked the Polish off once although I do my nails around everyfortnight. I usually peel the Polish off around the week and half mark, nails dont seem in any worse state than the time I soaked it off and the soaking too forever!
Post # 6
I have the Sensational kit, and I think a big part of how well it works is how careful you are at putting on polish in general. It’s definitely not something you can sit down and do quickly (at least it wasn’t for me). I also found that it peeled off a whole lot faster than the kind you get at a salon. I kept trying to like it, but I’m not the neatest polish applier, so it ultimately wasn’t worth it to me.
Post # 7
Commenting to follow this topic.
I got hooked on gel polish when doing it for the first time for my wedding two months ago and it has already become an expensive habit (especially as the times I tried to cut cost by going to cheaper salon the result was not perfect and so I would end up going back to Urban Retreat a week or less later to get it done expertly).
My husband wants me to get an at-home kit! While I’m good at painting my nails I think part of getting gel done at the salon is also to get your cuticles and manicure in general done super perfect by the nail technician so I’m still hesitating. Reviews above seem so/so worth it…
Post # 8
Thanks for your reply! I’ll have to look into that base coat. Like you, I wouldn’t mind if the manicure only lasted a week as opposed to two weeks, I like switching my polish and would happily trade off having to do my nails more for less damage!
Post # 9
I agree about the appeal of getting the manicure done at the salon, I enjoy painting my nails but don’t mess around with the cuticle clipping or anything on my own. And it feels so nice to go get that done ! But I never have time to go get my nails done, and like you said it gets so costly!
Post # 10
I have the Jamberry TruShine system. It came with everything you need, including the light, base coat, top coat, nail prep wipes, cuticle pusher, orange wood stick, and removal pods, but it only comes with one color of gel. You need to order the others separately. The system is $120, and the gels are $20 and $25. You can get the system for half price of you have a party and use a half off code to get it.
Post # 11
- Wedding: LA Athletic Club
I purchased mine off of groupon last year and love it. You can always look online for deals too.
Post # 12
I have the Red Carpet Manicure system from Ulta and their polishes. It starts to peel off after about a week whereas I can go longer with a professional gel manicure.
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2018 - Omaha, NE
I second the Sensationail system! I use it regularly and have for a couple of years. I use OPI’s nail envy for a few days inbetween gel manicures to maintain my nail health. I never have trouble removing the gel. I use the foil wrap method, stick on a movie, and start removal with a cuticle pusher about halfway through. By the time the movie’s over, I’m done 🙂 the gel should be the consistency of peeling wallpaper when you remove it. If you’re really scraping, it needs more time to soak! The only reason I remove it is to change colors because the growth is very noticeable, it never peels or chips on my nails.
Post # 14
This is just the thread I need! Following as well. Thanks for the replies everyone.
Post # 15
Ladies try the new Essie Gel Couture line. It is amazingggg and no light needed. Also, store your gel polishes in the refrigerator it helps keep them fresh. 😉