(Closed) OPI gel manicure question

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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11239 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

That’s weird. I’ve never been able to keep regular polish on my nails, so gel polish is a godsend for me. Are you just now noticing it because you’re comparing it to the wear of the gel, or did regular polish previously last a while?

Post # 4
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3769 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

2-3 days is about how long regular nail polish lasts for me, too.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@X0JLYNN03:  I think you may just notice it more. I’ve never had this experience but I cannot go back to regular polish. It’s gel or bare for me. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Hmm, how did they remove the gel polish? I know some salons use a special solution, while others soak the nails in nail polish remover and basically scrape off the gel polish. The latter can thin the nail a bit, imo. I can feel a difference in my nail after the gel polish is removed that way.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

2-3 days is about how long a typical nail polish will last on me too, though there are rare occassions when I put on Essie or OPI and it stays for a 4-5 days. Some formulas are better than others.

But, I have noticed that gel manicures dry out my nails a bit. I’ve always had a bit of a peeling problem, but it’s worse after I take off gel. It’s worth it to me though because the OPI gel stays for at least 2 weeks on me without any chipping–I just have to load up on lotion and cuticle oil after I take it off. I also try to give my nails a “rest” after I take off gel… no scientific/logical reasoning behind this or anything, I just like to give them some time to breathe lol. And I only do gel for special occassions, like when i got engaged, engagement photos, and the wedding/honeymoon. 

Post # 10
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547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@X0JLYNN03:  FWIW Orly polishes never lasts more than 2-3 days on my nails. 

Post # 11
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3769 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@PrincessBride27:  I agree with the idea of letting nails “rest.” I always do this when I remove gel polish and decide not to reapply. I have the same problem with occasional peeling after having gel polish removed.

Maybe that’s what you need to do, OP, let the nails rest and lotion them up. The scraping is def. a con to gel manicures.

Post # 13
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241 posts
Helper bee

Gel is really bad for your nails.. keep going for manicures and in a couple of weeks they will be back to normal.  mine usually  last atleast 5 days, but after gel they were soo weak and all broke

Post # 14
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11239 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

You said she buffed your nails–did you just paint straight on the nail after that?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m also thinking that maybe the removal damaged your nails. I also give my nails a break here and there, even for just a day. I mostly paint my nails myself, so I figure even a day helps. For what its worth, Orly never lasts on me more than 2 days (maybe 3) w/o chipping. I’m really rough on my hands I guess so most polish lasts less than a week (worth noting that I can’t get shellac or gel to last 2 weeks on me – I’ve had it chip!)

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