(Closed) Gel manicures do not last for me! Alternatives?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Same here!!! I’ve tried everything– press-on nails from CVS, gels, nail stickers, the whole shebang, and nothing lasts for longer than a week or so. Honestly, I’ve kind of given up. I wear a clear polish with very subtle gold flecks as my daily polish, and if I have a special occasion coming up, I’ll get my nails done with regular polish the day before (it’s just going to fall off anyways, no point in paying for the fancy gel stuff!). It worked perfectly for my engagement photos– I got nice nails for about $15 just for that day, and then when they went to hell I just took off the chipped polish and put my usual glitter back on. It’s a major bummer, but it’s about all I can do!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

If you like the french tip look get a UV Gel Manicure.  They use gel (not gel polish) that coats your existing nail. You can also add gel polish overtop if you prefer a solid color.  My nails never break.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

That’s weird. I definitely notice certain salons will do better than others, maybe keep trying?? I found a place that puts bonding liquid on first (like what they use to prep for acrylic) and let me tell you that shit stays put for WEEKS, and I’m not gentle (wash my hands constantly, don’t wear gloves to clean, etc.) I only have to change it because my nails grow fast and any more than two weeks and I look ridiculous because they’re grown out so far. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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MrsSapphire:  Oh interesting– that might be my problem too. Ever since I stopped biting my nails I’ve been a bit obsessed with keeping them in good shape, and eventually I realized that clear polish over well-maintained nails actually is enough for me. Here’s hoping we figure out how to get more color into our lives!!

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j9marie:  I haven’t heard of UV gels so that’s probably something to look into!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Also glad to not be alone, I wonder about the oil….I have been using jamberry for the past year.  For me, they last about a week, but they look perfect that whole time.  I think they come to less than $10 each time.  Many people have them last 2 weeks.  I am rough on my nails, this past week they lasted through 7 scuba dives and playing on the beach.  I can’t complain.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

My BFF is a cosmetologist and I’m a dirty hippie lol. She uses UV gel and that stuff can withstand rock climbing and white water rafting and everything else I can throw at it, and it just looks like my regular stubby nails, but you can get them done longer too. It is pretty amazing! The thing that cooks them kinda hurts, but it’s painful to be beautiful, right? 😉 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

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MrsSapphire:  i hear ya! regular polish doesn’t last even 2 HOURS, and gels i get maybe 1 week max. i wound up buying my own gel LED lamp, and doing my own gel manis. if a nail needs to be re-done in 3 days or 5 days, it’s easy to just re-do one nail (and since there’s no dry time, it literally takes about 2 mins tops). or if after a week i decide to change the color entirely, i don’t feel bad about having spent $30 on a gel mani that lasted for only a week. oh, and the gel lamp i bought was only $40! polishes are around $10-15. so basically within 2 manis, it’s already paid for itself. in other words, i don’t know a better product (aside from going full-on acrylic – oh and i’ve goten UV gels, it’s basically the same concept as an acrylic nail but different material) BUT if you don’t want to keep having your nails re-done, then doing gel manis yourself is quite easy and cost effective.

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Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I’ve never had these done but I remember a bee posting about them, SNS manicures http://snsnails.com 

maybe look into those?

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Regular polish only lasts 2 days for me too. Seche Vite topcoat helps it lasts a day or two longer than others.

But I totally second the DIY gel mani route. It is cheaper than getting manis all the time, and lasts about a week and half for me. I use a LED kit (no harmful UV rays!) by Red Carpet Manicure brand. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

My gel mani’s that I used to pay $40 for peel off within a few days, I picked up this routine from a beauty blogger at xo Jane and it’s a life changer. It usually lasts 5-7 days. Worth the initial investment tenfold!!!

-Apply Butter horse power nail polish

-Apply Butter Gel base coat

-Apply 2 coats of color

-Apply Butter Gel top coat

-Apply Seche Vite top coat

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Cherry Orchard

How about shellac? I did shellac for my wedding last Friday and they still look perfect. I also usually have trouble! 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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kelmpm7809:  I 2nd the SNS nails. I am on my 2nd round of them. They lasted about 3 weeks last time. Slightly more expensive then gel and hard to take off at home, but they don’t ruin your nails like the gel. Biggest downisde is lack of color options, at least until more salons start to carry it and there are other competing versions. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Between all of the cooking and cleaning I do I’m really rough on my hands. I also work with chemicals so keeping a manicure (outside of acrylics, but you said you don’t want those!) is hard. Iw as paying $40/week to get Shellac and a touch up session in between. Like you, they were cracking and what not.

I got so fed up I invested in a lamp and polish. I do it at home and it lasts much longer, probably because I can touch up a nail as I choose and I take my time. I watch 2 whole shows and sip wine while I do it, lol.

Invest in a lamp so you can do it yourself. The Asian salons just whip you out. Good for a quick fix, but not worth LT investment.

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