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5 reviews | 1.8 out of 5
It's the messiest manicure I've ever had. First, the product claims "no basecoat". That's because they call it an "activator" #it's really super glue#. The activator is really thin and runs over the edge of your nail and under the tip, glueing the tip to your finger. The color is supposed to "mix" with the activator. The activator that's already run over the edge of your nails, so the color then does too, because the activator pulls it down. If you apply it too thinly, it gets pasty and you have long strands #I was pretty darn quick, too, so it wasn't excessive time - less than 60 seconds per hand each coat#. If you apply adequate amounts it runs over the edge. So now you have a mess of color. And there's irregularities in the coat that you can't do anything about without removing and starting over. Which requires soaking in acetone, for a while. And good luck getting it out from under your nail. I don't know how you're supposed to avoid glueing yourself to the paper towel, especially if your nails are long. The package claims, "applies like polish" but then the instructions say, "This is not regular polish!" It applies NOTHING like regular polish. Good luck. Other gel colors that require UV are MUCH easier. I'd rather apply regular plain polish daily than mess with this junk once.
I was so excited to try this out since you don't need a UV/LED light, came in a wide variety of colors and price was reasonable. I followed the directions to the T but while painting some of my fingers the polish became stringy. The activator felt like glue and got under my nails. What a mess!! Did get rock solid in 5 mins. Started chipping the very next day. Took forever to get the polish off! Left my nails soft and brittle. I definately don't recommend buying!! I'm sticking with regular nail polish.
I wish I could return them, awfull product.
I purchased this on impulse at a drugstore so I am even unhappier for paying more than Walmart's price for what is a useless product. It is not gel, by any stretch of the imagination. It did not strengthen my soft nails and took a couple hours to dry which made me mad. It's very hard trying to prevent dings on a new polish application for half the evening.
It didn't even last half a day before it was chipping in different areas on several fingers. This is in the trash where it belongs. The application was easy but that's a moot point since it doesn't do anything that the box says it will do.
I read several other reviewers mention that the color is thin and runs all over your nail. Well I will admit with one nail I did have this problem BUT if you wipe the brush off after taking it out of the cleaner and BEFORE placing it back in the color it's not thin. This product is simple and easy to use. Light buffing and using acetone (or vinegar) to wipe nails and remove all oils is a great way to make it easier and stay longer. Use a fine grit file to smooth out the edges (it sets up hard and easy to file off the imperfections.) I did mine on a Thursday, worked three days, washed dishes, cleaned the house.... and Tuesday morning it's still not chipped! :)
Overall: I LOVE THIS PRODUCT AND I'M COMPLETELY HOOKED!