Friday, 23 September 2016

At-Home Gel Nails: Worth the Fuss?



Whenever I heard about at home gel nails, my initial reaction was "meh". Honestly, it sounded like a lot of effort, a lot of time and just a general faff.

Eventually I (reluctantly) decided to try it for myself after getting my hands on the Alessandro Striplac Starter Kit and getting a pretty fab gel manicure at a work event. I have the type of nails that like to chip within about eight minutes of applying nail polish. Despite that, you'll rarely see me not sporting some sort of nail shade. In light of that, the whole gel-nail thing really makes sense for people like me.

The way this particular set works is that you first polish your nails to create an even base for the polish. Then you clean the surface of the nails with the Allesandro Striplac Cleaner Pads. You then apply a coat of the Twin Coat, a 2-in-1 base and top coat, and stick your hand under the LED light for 60 seconds (it's small, so first you do your four fingers and then your thumb separately). After that you wipe down your nail with the pads again and go ahead with the colour of your choice, repeating the same process with the LED light for 60 seconds between each coat but not cleaning them down with the pads. You only use the pads after the twin coat. 

Once you've reached your desired nail polish-opacity, you apply the twin coat over the top, put it under the LED light (60 seconds, you know the drill) and then wipe it down using the cleaning pads. Still with me? The cleaning pads are used three times during this whole process: once at the start before any polish is applied, again after you put the twin coat on (as a base) after you put it under the light and a last time at the very end, when the twin coat (as a top) has been under the LED light.

So, after all that effort, is it worth it? Well, considering the lack of longevity I get from normal nail polish it's a resounding yes from me. Whenever I do my nails with this I catch myself admiring how gloss they look. Plus, this lasts around ten days on me, which is so much more wear than I'd normally get. Just be careful when you're applying these polishes, to not get into contact with the skin. This will mean that the nail polish starts peeling earlier.

Removal is simple, you use the Peel-Off Activator, a sort of oil-type concoction, apply liberally to the nail and use the nail tool to prise the edges off until the whole thing peels away easily.

The only bummer in this whole thing is that you have a limited choice of colours, depending which range you're using. Alessandro have a lot of shades, but for a polish addict like me, there are a few hues missing for me.

So, are at-home gel nails worth the faff? Overall I'd say yes, even if just for staring at your pretty, glossy talons for the next week and a half. Have you tried at-home gel nails?



n.B. I was gifted this kit at the aforementioned work event, however, this is not a sponsored post! I just like this set and the brand, so I thought I'd share my thoughts!



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5 comments

  1. I haven't tried gel nails at home because I thought it would be such a hassle, but this doesn't sound bad at all!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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  2. This definitely does making gel nails at home seem easy! I used to do my nails regularly, but since it fits in my budget, I prefer getting my nails done at a salon every couple of weeks.

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  3. I've never tried using gel nails at home! Kinda intimidating
    Kathy x
    www.alongcamekathy.blogspot.co.nz

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  4. I have a Red Carpet Manicure nail lamp and I love it! I actually get my nails done on a monthly basis now but will never get rid of my lamp just in case, even if its just for toes! Normal polish just doesn't cut it. Also, it may be the same for yours, but my lamp is LED so I can use any brand gel polish and it will work.

    Robyn | RobynLouiiise

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  5. I have a Red Carpet Manicure nail lamp and I love it! I actually get my nails done on a monthly basis now but will never get rid of my lamp just in case, even if its just for toes! Normal polish just doesn't cut it. Also, it may be the same for yours, but my lamp is LED so I can use any brand gel polish and it will work.

    Robyn | RobynLouiiise

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