HG!!!! This stuff is seriously amazing. With Gelous, I can go about 7 days without chipping, as opposed to 1-2 days!!! AND there's no need for a UV light or special polish!
Here's my little nail routine, and how I use Gelous:
1. Apply CND Solar Oil to my cuticles and push my cuticles back, then wash hands.
2. Use one of the nail filing blocks that even out, smooth, buff, and shine nails on the tips of my nails, as well as the top of my nails.
3. Apply Orly Primetime
4. Apply one coat of Gelous
5. Apply one coat of whatever nail polish I'll be wearing
***If more coats are needed, repeat 4 & 5***
Whenever my nail polish is opaque, I do not apply a coat of Gelous before applying top coat; I put the top coat directly over the colored nail polish.
6. Apply top coat, my current favorite is NYC quick dry top coat.
With this routine, I get a minimum of 5 days with no chips, and usually get to about 7-8 days before any chipping occurs. This works with any brand of nail polish, and any top coat. Only downside is the very strong scent, but it's nothing I can't get past. This is not overly hard to remove, I just use generic nail polish remover with a cotton pad and it does the trick. However, if you use this with a glitter polish you'll probably have to use the foil technique, which you'd probably have to do as well even if you didn't use Gelous.
I recommend this to anyone who wants longer lasting manicures, similar to gel nails, for a fraction of the price at home! I will continue to buy it for as long as it's sold
This and my UDPP are now tied for my favourite cosmetics items. This stuff is like nail polish glue.
I've always had problems with textured polishes and dense glitters. No matter what topcoat and basecoat I used with them, I would ALWAYS get chipping within 24 hours. Noticeable chipping. The kind of chipping where you go "eh, might as well just remove it because now it looks like crap." Gelous is a godsend.
I either use it as a base on it's own, or on top of an extra calcium base. Then I apply however many coats of whatever polish overtop. Then another layer of Gelous (or two if it's a really thirsty glitter). Then a layer of quickdry topcoat. I've never had polish hold up this well before, especially the aforementioned glitters and textures. I'm so happy that I can wear all the glitters that I normally avoid reaching for because they chip so quickly.
As wonderful and magical as it is, there are a couple small downsides. The price is a little more than I like to spend (anywhere from $14-$16 CAD here if it's not on sale), and if you're using it as a topcoat, the dry time can be rather long, which is why I usually put an additional fast dry topcoat on as well.
However, to me, these are small things that are not even close to dealbreakers. I think I'm going to start ordering it in bulk online, so that'll bring the price down, and as far as needing an extra fast dry topcoat, I've found there's really no difference in wear if I use a cheap one or a more expensive one. The Gelous provides the durability, while the extra coat just helps it dry faster, so I don't mind buying an extra cheap product just to have faster drying time if it means I can wear a bunch of glitters that I bought that were borderline unwearable because they chipped so quickly.
Also adding that the brush Gelous has is rather wide, wider than the Sally Hansen Insta-Dries and wider than the OPI Pro brushes, so that could be a bad thing for some people. If you have small nails, it might be worth checking out the brush in the store before you buy just to make sure it'll work for you. I love it as it means I can coat my whole nail in two strokes, and I'm betting many could get by with just one. The large brush is just another positive selling feature for me.
I've been messing around with UV top coats good for a day and then flakes off, gel colours (which I love but which are a PITA to remove) and then just neglecting my nails.
I bought some Gelous based on some reviews and have been trying that sandwiching method (gelous as a base coat, alternate with my colour, seche vite as a top coat) and I have to say its pretty good. Not quite as shiny as Shellac but if I don't have problems getting this off then I'm sold anyway.
I'm at the PM of the third day of this mani and no chips, flakes or etc. This is unheard of for me. I'm going to try this with more of my polishes but I have to say this has been a real eye opener for me and I'm really looking forward to getting more use out of some of my polishes and having them last for more than a day!
Edit: this works better with some of my polishes than other. I can get up to three days of wear, but with some I only get one. is a bit hit and miss so i'm going to be trying a few things to see what works. I have to take down a lippie though, its great, i'd repurchase but its not fantastic.
So disappointed in this. I tried it with 4 different manicures, as a base coat and a top coat, as well as sandwiching it. My nails chipped the following day every time. I will return this and stay with my HG revlon colorstay base coat and extra life top coat.
I bought this for about $7 because a sales person in Sally's suggested it. I don't think it shines anymore than any other topcoat you'd pay $5+ for. It smeared my stripe rite designs and polish together, so I'm going to have to start over from scratch. I'm going to try it on plain nails and then add designs after the gelous drys. As of right now, I'm not impressed. So far, I feel like I've wasted my money. I'll give it another shot though. Everyone else seems to love it so much.
For the first time in years I'm interested in keeping polish on my fingernails with this product! I have the type of nails that polish typically chips off my fingernails in 1 to 2 days. A manicure was a special occasion treat. I type all day with my job, so I still get tip wear with this, but the rest of the polish stays intact for up to a week. This is fantastic for me!
I use the method of sandwiching it between layers of my polish, then topping off with a final coat of Seche Vite. I'm going to experiment with doing a better job of wrapping my tips to see if I can even eliminate the tip wear. This is all nothing short of a miracle for me. I have used the Barielle manicure extender, which is also a great nail hardener, but that's only for touchups on dry nails, and it also has a tendency to form a yellow cast on my nails. I think this with another coat of top coat is a great way to touch up after a couple of days.
Love this stuff!
Ive had a bottle of this for 2 years and never used it! Yikes thats bad I know. As a nail polish junkie I had read about this on a blog somewhere Im sure, picked it up when I saw it at Sallys and put it away in one of my bins full of polish. Never to be seen again. That is until 3 nights ago when I was digging around for some colors to do a halloween manicure. Now lately I had been a total convert to doing gel manicures. No chip and amazing shine. Its no wonder my regular polish collection was being seriously neglected for years. Any way I grabbed this with my other colors and I am impressed!! My nails are.super shiny and hard. My chunky glitter manicure looks great and smooth. I would compare the glossiness to a true uv gel topcoat. And thats saying something!
As a bartender, my nails break, chip, and are very brittle. I started using gelous advanced nail gel coat to do my own uv free shellac nails. I absolutely love it. I have had no problem with my nails breaking or chipping. I have actually had to start filing my nails down because the are growing so well.
I put down the gel coat as a base, two coats of colored polish, two coats of gel, then top it with a quick dry top coat. My polish last for at least two weeks before having to redo them. It will chip slightly on the tips after about a week. It is really easy to get off with just a cotton swab and acetone. It takes no longer than removing nail polish.For me, this method works way better than an acrylic manicure and is extremely less expensive when compared to shellac or acrylic nails.
This product is a must have if you enjoy doing manicures at home. I have never found a product as amazing as Gelous is! I use this as both a top coat and base coat and have no issues with my nail polish chipping or peeling off. I usually get at least 10 days of wear time on manicures when I use Gelous. My nails also stay shiny too throughout my manicure. Although I'm not extremely hard on my hands, I do a lot of typing at work and Gelous really ensures that my manicures hold up. I've also used this on my toes as well and it does a great job. I have told many friends about Gelous and they all love it too! A definite repurchase!
This is such a wonderful and versatile product as both a base and top coat. When the no chip gel nail trend hit, of course I ran to the salon to have it done and I fell in love until the removal process. OMG, the sanding, UV, acetone, more sanding, foil...ech and then the cost. I figured there had to be an alternative out there so the search began online to find a way to achieve the gel nail effect without the damage and way tooo lenghy polish removal process.
In stepped the Gelous. Goodness, this stuff needs to get an award. I do two coats as a base coat of Gelous, then 2 coats of any polish (usually the Kleancolor or $1 sale bin polish at Sephora), then I top it off with 1 coat of Gelous and 1 coat of Seche Vite fast dry and to cheat and make the nails dry at a superspeed of 3 minutes or less, I drip some Opi Nicole drying drops and within one minute, my nails are dry to the touch and within 5 minutes they are rock hard.
I like to change my colors up each week, but my nails look fresh for 6 days with a tiny tiny bit of wear around the edges that you don't even notice unless you stare at them for a few minutes while right up to the eye. On top of that, I am a heavy typer at work. I work 60 plus hours typing through almost all of it and 10 keying through the day and with the polish combination above, no chips at all. And when you take it off, it is so easy. Comes right off with regular remover or acetone remover in seconds. Another big plus is that it creates the effect and look of a nice, rich and thickly polished gel nail whether you are wearing decals, a creamy coat or glitter. My nails are so smooth and shiny and every time I'm at work, my co-workers ask me "where did you get your gel nails done" or "OMG, they look beautiful".
The second plus is that the Gelous fortifies the nail as well, and when I take it off, my actual nails look so healthy and pink with white tips. All in all, this is a must have of mine that I keep at least 4 bottles on hand at all times (usually giving away one a week to someone at work or one of the nail polish people at Sephora) and I highly recommend it.