I, as many of you know, really enjoy doing nail art,nail designs, tips and all that good stuff. I enjoy being “in the know” about nail products so when I learned of the gel polishes hitting the market promising 2 week chip free manicures as good as what you get at a salon I had to check it out for myself. Today is week one wearing my Raspberry wine color from my kit. I have to admit I am pretty impressed.
The polish takes a bit of time to apply but is well worth the effort. It is so much better to take the time drying the gel under the UV light than waiting on regular polish to dry. I must stress at this point the importance to follow the directions and make sure you seal your nail tip. I promise if you do not the polish will chip. I did not seal a thumb nail just to see what would happen and in 3 days I had a big chip and within 6 I had broken my nail leaving an even bigger chip. Under normal circumstances I would already be removed the polish and reapplied over the weekend but I want to see how long the other nails last, so far not a chip missing from any of the others. Now lets break this down into pros and cons.
Pros: The color lasts for some time if you follow the directions fully. There are many different colors available in the SensatioNail line to choose from. Everything you need to do a manicure (10) the box promises is included in the box when you choose your kit. The color does not smear, smudge, or scratch easy. The shine and glean is excellent and compares to, as the kit promises, the salon.
Cons: The color takes some time to apply and requires patience. I did mine in steps doing my thumbs separate from my other fingers so that everything could cure in the light after each step. The kits have only a few colors of polish to choose from. The kit is almost 50 bucks and the bottles of polish run almost 10, so be prepared to invest more than you will buying everyday nail polish. I have not taken my polish off yet but from reading the directions this too will require at least 15 minutes of soaking and scraping. It will take a few applications before I remember what step follows which and will require directions being handy. You also can not just polish anywhere with this because the UV light plugs in to an outlet. If you are like me and enjoy neon colors I have not found any in this line yet.
All in all: I give this product 8 stars. I am impressed with the performance but found the investment a bit steep if you do not do salon nails often. I have trouble sitting still for long but the effort pays off with the wear you receive from this gel polish. Again I will stress the importance of following directions and being sure to seal all nail tips unless you want to find chips in a few days. I would like to see the line expand the color options currently available.
This is the first post in this series, next Saturday will be the two week mark for this first manicure. I plan to update on how the chips were at that point and on how easy removal of the polish is so stay tuned for my final opinion of this so far pretty awesome product!