Post # 1
Have any bees tried OPI Axxium gels? I think it sounds really cool, but I am sort of intimidated by polish I can’t take off at home! It also seems kind of spendy for my everyday manicure, but like it would be awesome for vacation (or wedding) nails. I hate being halfway through vacation with chipping nails.
So what do you say hive? Anyone tried it? Was it worth it? (I hate posts with no pictures!)
Post # 3
I haven’t used the axxium gel nails since the salon I went to did not offer it, but I did have gel nail polish (called calgel or something)
I LOVED it, though it was particularly pricey (I live in NYC). It stayed perfectly with no chips for almost a month. In fact, my nails started growing out long before anything chipped.
I wouldn’t do it for every day, but definitely worth it for a special occasion. Also, its a good way to grow your natural nails out for the wedding without damaging them.
I was actually able to take mine off at home. I soaked them for a loooooooooong time in nail polish remover and then used an orange stick to “lift” the polish off. Another bonus is that it didn’t weaken my nails the way that fake nails (the kind they glue on) did. I highly recommend it.
Post # 4
I did gel nails a week before my wedding and loved how they stayed perfect without chipping, denting, or fading. They came off on the honeymoon because we were in the ocean so much — the salt water made them peel. I am a gel nail convert and now that’s the only manicure I get.
Post # 5
They sound pretty neat, but I heard about this story and it freaked me out. Just make sure you go to a reputable salon if you get it done!
Post # 6
I haven’t heard great things about OPI Axxium because they take a long time to “soak off” and some nail techs use drills to get them off, which is just as bad as the old type of gel nails.
I just got a CDN shellac manicure today and I LOVE it so far. She applied a base coat, 2 coats of color, and a top coat and it’s super shiny. I don’t like the extra length, so this is a perfect choice for me. To take them off, you have to go back to the salon and they come off in 10 minutes. Here is the website and a pic of “Day 1”. I am going to write a review after a week or so to see how it holds up. I work in healthcare so I wash my hands a LOT!
Post # 7
Sounds cool! I have to look into that.
Post # 8
@sboston06: So…How was it…?