I picked this up because I love the tailored look of fakes and they help to make my fingers look more normal (long story) but I can not spend the money on a set, fills, fixes, and hanging around a nail salon. I was skeptical about this working at first but I am very very surprised. I don't think they were perfect right out of the first box at all, this is going to take a little practice and they will look better each time you do them. So I'm counting the first box (2 sets of nails) as a (very impressive) mulligan to set my learning curve. No one could tell I'd done them myself and my mother and boyfriend kept telling my how great they look. I applied the tips with glue instead of the gel, I recommend this as the gel is the smallest bottle and it just makes more sense. I found the nails pretty thin, (the French set is thinner and more flexible than the naturals I think but they're both on the thin side.) and fitting, filing, and shaping them was quite easy. I suggest a fine grain block to file the edge of the tip and blend it into the nail bed. Using the gel and activator really does work best one nail at a time, if they're staying tacky, it's because the gel was left too long to dry before the activator was added. You can swipe them with a little acetone, file and apply another gel/activator layer to re set them properly. The tip sizes were great and flexible enough to fit my fingers which I loved. Some edge filing was required if the finger was between sizes but I can't see anything devaluing this kit. Ten dollars as compared to a 25+ dollar fill is great to me, including the ability to soak these off in less than ten minutes to change them or give my nails a break. There's also no vicious grinding away of the natural nail bed so your nails aren't paper thin and vulnerable of you take them off. This is one of the best beauty finds in a long time for me and I'm thrilled. I know my skill will just get better and they'll look more amazing. I 100% recommend this to anyone who's sick of paying for salon nails or like me wants nails one or two weeks then take a break. Love it!!!
So far, I'm quite impressed. I have to mention, as with all artificial nails, using these requires a level of skill, albeit a lower level than your average professional nail tech.
Once secured using the gel, you do need to use the file to blend the barrier of your natural nail and the tip a bit. Wash off the debris and then apply the gel-do not over apply or they will not dry. This is covered in the instructions. While still wet, apply the activator. One layer of each worked for me. Then I followed with a base, color, and posh for shine and quick dry. Within 10 mins the nails were set, in 20, totally dry. I'll update to comment on the actual wear of the product after a week or 2.
I picked this up at Walmart today. I stopped getting my nails done years ago to save money, and embraced my natural nails for a long time. For a long time I had no problem doing my nails every few days. I became quite the polish collector and it was fun, but life has gotten so busy. I cannot spend the time I used to on my nails, and I just cannot tolerate shabby looking nails, yet, I also cannot afford to back to getting gels or acrylics done. This weekend, while doing my weekly grocery shopping I decided to see what kinda of kits Walmart had. i was trying to decide between press on nails or an at home acrylic kit. I have done my own acrylics at home, but they are very time consuming and take a lot of practice. So when I saw this gel kit I was intrigued, it looked much easier and the promise that it dries in under 5 minuets sealed the deal. I had remembered seeing a youtuber I follow had used a kit like this, so I bought with optimism.
This set comes with 2 sets of nail tips; one natural set and one french set. I decided to to the natural set since I assumed I might not have flawless application and would likely need to paint over them anyways. the tips are not overly long, but still longer then I would normally choose. The tabs make them easy to apply. however, I did not find that they fit my nails beds well, and since they only had 2 of each size, I needed up having to settle. It does not come with glue. the instructions say to use the gel to apply the tips, but I did not think that was good advice, so I used some brush on nail glue I already had on hand. They are soft of thick, and even with filing t was hard to blend the tip to the nail.
Then to applying the gel. It come with a brush on gel and an activator and a brush cleanser. I did 2 nails at a time. I did have some issues with bubbling and it did not level as well as implied. I ended up going over them 3 times to get them thick enough to conceal the lines from the tips, and even then there was still a slight bump. It seemed like they did dry fast for the first coat, but not so much by the last coat. It felt sticky still an hour later, and keeps collecting dust. and looking nasty. I tried running my hand under both hot and cold water. washed my hands several times, I even tried to whipe away the stickiness with alcohol and it still didnt ever seem to harden. I thought I would just seal it with a top coat, but even then it still seemed sticky and never fully dry. I havent applied color yet because I want it to be dry all the way, but it's been a few hours. I have decided to wait until the morning and hope for the best.
They look bubbly and have some dents and marks. not terrible, but they sure done look smooth or professional.While waiting for them to dry I looked up other reviews elsewhere, and others have reported the same issue of them seeming sticky. However, some people also seemed to love them, so maybe it is because I used so many layers, or maybe I skipped a step.
After all this irritation, I decided to bite the bullet and ordered a UV lamp off ebay to do real gel nails at home. Its sort of expensive, but at least I know they will actually cure within a few minuets.
I will reprt back in the morning .