In the last 6 years I've had Brisa and LCN nails, both of which would start lifting within hours of being done. Literally. I found Brisa to be better than LCN, but the lifting was really awful. I would frequently need to go back to the technician within a week for a repair. If left alone, within 10 days usually at least one nail would lift off completely. It was a real waste of money for me, and I usually only tried it for special occasions. It was a costly venture at $35/fill, every 10- 14 days. I DREAMED of being able to have lovely, manicured nails 24/7 without all the fuss. Nearly 2 years after my last Brisa trial, I picked up the Sensationail French Manicure Kit at the local drug store. A friend of mine had bought an LED lamp and was doing her own nails, so I figured I could try it. I am BEYOND thrilled with this kit! One thing to note is that I haven't used the stickers for the white tips, as I prefer the look of the polish, and with a little patience I can usually get it pretty perfect. The best part is if it doesn't look right, a little of the gel cleaners will take it right off and you can start again without ruining the rest of the manicure. Tonight I did my nails for the first time in 2 weeks, and the main reason I did them is because my nails grow very fast and the white tips were no longer covering my natural white tips. Filing these nails down in length isn't great, I will admit. Once I file them I need to re-do the manicure within a day or two. I've been using this kit for 6 weeks, and initially I was doing them every 7 days, but I've realized that I really don't NEED to do them that often. Amazing! Well worth the money and I'll definitely be buying more once my kit runs out. I'm super happy too that the kit lasts 10 uses. Overall I would recommend this kit to anybody who has the time and patience to try doing their own nails. I don't use the "soak off" method, but rather I file down the tops of the nails and use the metal remover tool to help gently scrape off the layers of gel. I purchased the acetone to go with it, and as I file and gently scrape, I use the acetone, which seems to help the gel dry out and flake off. I think the gel cleanser is really important for dehydrating the nail, and I use the primer around the entire perimeter of the nail. The metal remover tool is also good for gently pushing back the cuticles. Apply thin layers and don't be afraid to experiment with stickers or jewels :)
Totally not worth it. I can't find the right size. I watch the video on their web, it said find one a bit small than your nail. I don't know if I have nail smaller than others, but I can only find 2 of the size works, which leds to problems. When I use the oversize ones on my nail I need to file the two sides as well, I have to be really carful not to pull too hard or it will peel or break. Another problem is the top coat can't seal the sides when I use oversides. I need to trim it a litte more so the top coat can seal the white tip properly. I rather do it with tape and white polish than this tip product.
UPDATED: CHIP IN NO TIME.... I JUST TOOK A SHOWER AFTER I DID MY NAILS... CHIPPED....
Over the web, I found sensational to receive overall good reviews, but poor reviews for the French tip "stickers" because they would lift easily. I've now used them twice. The first time was just ok, they did tend to lift, but lasted a full week...which is longer than a regular nail polish would've lasted. So, the second time I did it, I was better about sealing the edges and I added a few extra thin layers that covered the tips (which gave strength to my very paper thin nails, also). This worked MUCH better and I got two weeks out of it. It took me about twice as long to do the French tips, instead of an overall color, but they looked AWESOME! I was so proud of myself! The NEXT time I invest my time in the French gel manicure, I plan to use something I just learned about called Gelish Structure. It's applied after the foundation to add strength. I will most likely put the tips on after the foundation and then add the structure. One other thing I did that may have helped was if the sticker didn't quite go to the edge of my nail, I used white nail polish to finish the look. It may have actually helped that the sticker wasn't exactly on the edge of the nail. Who knows, but it helped perfect the look and I will have the white polish out when I do this again. If you use regular polish with the gel, it must be completely dry before topping with gel.
Overall, I have been absolutely thrilled with the Sensationail line. I was very excited when I spotted their French Manicure kit. The kit consists of a pink polish and white sticker tips. Most of the tips were too large for my fingers. The very next day most of the white tips had peeled off. I capped each nail and followed directions carefully but I donít seem to have any luck with stick on polishes. This is the only Senationail product I have been disappointed with. I think next time I try a French manicure with this system I will use regular white polish for the tips. Regular polish works fine. Follow directions as usual but allow the regular polish to air dry before proceeding to the next step.
The french manicure kit comes with polish, stick, file, and french tips (~$12). I have a semi clear polish in my collection so I bought just the french tips (~$9). It comes with 100 white tips so you could create 10 manicures BUT the thing is 28 of the tips are oversized. So you'll have to work with them if you want to get most out of this kit.
The concept is simple and is similar to Sally Hansen's "Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips/Stickers". After applying the base coat and two layers of clear/pink polish, you apply the sticker and file the excess off. Then apply a top coat. The key to making this last is to make sure you apply the top coat all the way to the free edge (aka capping the nail). After doing my nails I hopped in the shower when I got out I started to notice the white tips lifting. This is mostly likely due to the fact that I didnt cap the ends of my nail well. Its still technically a sticker so make sure to lock the sticker in by applying a top coat all the way to the free end and capping it. An additional coat would also help.
These would work too for regular polish. Just have to wait 10 min for your polish to dry before applying and finish with a top coat. Of course it wont last as long as the sensationail way.
Overall I prefer this method than using white polish (Gelish Sheek White) because its harder to create french tips that are even, thin [layers], and opaque white.
Update: It lasted only a week on me and could be because of the reasons I described above. I would recommend putting the sticker after the base. That way you have three layers (two clear , one top coat) of sensational over the french tip.