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.
I used this product for a long time and used to love it -- it made a great base coat, helped my nail polish last longer, and helped prevent my nails from peeling (they still peeled on occasion but not as much as with my other base coats). However, it doesn't seem to be working for me anymore -- I think my nail chemistry must have changed after having a baby, because now Gelous makes my nails peel like crazy! So I can't decide whether I should recommend it or not, it seems to be a very "your miles may vary" product!
I've used this product twice now after finding it on Pinterest. The first time, I did two coats of Gelous, two coats of cheap color ($1.99 at a local convenience store..), another coat of Gelous, then Out The Door quick drying top coat. I type all day long and I do a lot of "hands on" work, plus spending three days Up North riding 4 wheelers and camping. This at-home manicure worked like a charm for 6 days without chipping. On the 7th day my right index finger chipped a bit, so I decided to take it off and try again. The difference for the second time was that I horizontally swiped a layer of Gelous on the tip of my nails to help with chipping. I'm on day 5 and my nail polish is still shiny as ever...I hope I can make it to 10 days! Definitely will not go without this polish ever again. It makes my manicures look like they're salon quality and I get quite a few compliments on how great my nails look. It is definitely worth every penny!
One of the best investments! Worth the $6 something I spent on it. The first time I tried it my polish started to peel off after two days, but that is because I gunked like 7 coats of base, color and top coats all together. I was upset but I have it another try later and it took 5 days to start chipping. My nails stay firm and it looks like professional quality!
I use one base coat of Gelous, three of Sally Hansen complete salon manicure color, and any top coat and it lasts for days! Definitely will buy again!
I originally bought this product as a topcoat for hungry glitters. While it is good for that, I've had the most success with this as a base coat for my weak, peely nails. Dries fast when I use for this purpose, not so much as a topcoat. Will buy again.