- 1 week ago
- Wedding: October 2019
For other bees out there who are trying to figure out their nails for the wedding day, I wanted to review these three methods of DIY nails out there ( you can also get these done at a salon if you wish) and talk about the result of each, how easy or hard it was, and how good it ended up looking.
Ill preface this by saying that 5 years ago i had my own gel polish company. I started it right after it came out for salon only use and I started the at home side of that business. Unfortunatly i couldn’t compete with the billion dollar companies who quickly swamped the market. The company closed but I learned a TON and i have a passion for nails in general.
Gel nail polish –
– Wears longer than regular polish
– Provides some strength to the nails
– Is the easiest of the three to remove
– Wide range of colors
– Easy to do at home, doesn’t take much time
– Equipment isn’t that expensive.
* I recommend buying gel colors on the beyond polish website. Prices are good and they have all brands including OPI and Essie.
Overall: I like how shiny the top coat always is, It is the easiest to paint and to remove. It does give some structure to the nail when trying to grow out your nails but it doesn’t protect that well and does chip and doesn’t prevent my corners of my nails from breaking. Would use for my basic quick manicure when i didn’t need it to last a long time but wanted nice nails with high shine.
Dip nails –
– Very strong support for nails
– Must use for vacations, where you need long wear.
– Does not chip off
– Free edge doesn’t wear off either
– Wide varity of colors
– Price is good ( I like the Revel system and their website has good prices)
– Dip gives the most even coat of color compared to gel.
– Hard to get off
– Not as good for your nails, can rip away a few layers of nail if not carefully removed
– More time required to file down layers as dip gets thick super fast.
– Top coat hard to apply and remain shiny
– Edge closest to cuticle is hard to file and smooth down.
Overall: I love dip. I love how uniform the color is, I like the varity of colors. I mostly love how resiliant it is. It does not chip. It protects my nails 100% It does require more effort. I have to file the dip down before the top coat to really thin it out so it doesnt’ look thick and fake. I love how dip colors look matte and its easy to do with dip. I love how they have clear dip if i didn’t want polish but wanted to protect my nails. Love that it doesn’t need a lamp to cure. It does feel like you are painting nail glue in layers on your nail.
– Bought mine on Amazon. Kit comes with several colors.
– Good price.
– Very hard to learn how to use.
– Lot of trial and error
– Looks super fake if you don’t do it thin enough or file it down enough
– The nail forms make it hard to avoid a thick underside.
– The thick underside you are stuck with because a normal nail file doesn’t go under your nail so your left with chunky parts under the tips.
– You can do dip on top but again, makes it extra thick so you need to file, file, file it down.
– You can do gel polish on top which is less thick
– Hard to get it to look natural because of the cuticle area
– Hardest of the three to remove and the most damaging to your natural nail.
Overall: I dislike this the most. It is the best way to do fake nails if you like that and or need it. It takes a lot of time to master the skills, takes a lot of time to file it down to make it thin enough to look good/natural. I have great painting skills and can do both my left and right hands with gel polish and dip and they look great. But doing this for the first time took me 3 + hours to do both hands… For a pro i think it is easy and great. For a newbie it takes forever. I am going to explore using it only to form longer tips on my nail if i needed extra length but not on the entire nail. Recommend getting a professional nail buffering tool if you plan to use this alot. The hand filing is exhausing as you need to file down the top of the nail to get rid of bulk. Totally worth trying if you like fake nails, like DIY, and have the time to practice and master it. Oh and I saw a woman on youtube who used nail forms where you put the gel on top of the form, this seemed like a wayyy better way to get a natural looking fake nail as it makes it so the gel can’t form a thick chunk under the tip. The nail forms that come with the system have you apply the gel to the inside of the form and you then put that ontop of your nail. That makes it super hard to make the underside tip of your nail thin and natural.
Anyone have any questions? Or please share your experience with any of the three systems! As an aside I wanted a light dusty matte blue for my nails for the wedding. I found the perfect OPI color for that called ” I am what I amethyst” I have a dip color from Revel called Grace that is the same. SO i am currently debating dip vs gel for the day of. Oh and I am a firm believer in matte looking WAY better when you make gel or dip matte from buffing vs. a matte top coat. Gel polish matte top coats do not look as good as if I do an extra layer of clear top coat and take my nail file and buff to make matte.