I love gel manicures at the salon but they are expensive and damage my nails, though they usually last me about 12 days (they start peeling from the cuticles). Regular manicures that I do at home myself only last a few hours before they start chipping or peeling. So I wasn't hoping for much with this product. The primer applies rather easily and dries rather quickly. I bought the lightest shade for Step 2 and noticed it didn't apply very evenly and the color was streaky. The top coat also applied easily and dried fairly quickly. It did not give as much shine or 'plump' as a salon gel mani, but I was surprised that it lasted beyond a few hours. It did chip the following day, but honestly that was my fault - I was trying to peel a price sticker off a box. Other than that, it lasted about 3 days on my other nails under normal conditions (washing dishes/hands, giving my child a bath, doing laundry, typing on the keyboard, etc.). What I really enjoy is that it removes with regular nail polish remover (yes, you need to scrub and go over the nails a few times, but there is no need to soak them). Will I use this again on my nails? Maybe in pinch where I don't have the time or money to get to a nail salon - but I definitely like using this polish on my toes - it lasts longer and doesn't "rub off" like some other polishes do when you wear closed-toed shoes.
I keep reading awful things about this polish system-- and am experiencing the exact opposite. I will say that I have extremely awesome nails. They are very strong, very long and almost never break. They don't flex about so I rarely have chipping issues. I do get a lot of tip wear and loss at the cuticle.
This polish lasts me a week easy with NO flaws. The issue comes with regrowth as my nails grow very quickly. The shine stays and the finish is perfectly smooth.
I wore this polish on a trip to Manhattan with my infant daughter. I was washing my hands / bottles / hauling luggage etc constantly and still it stayed.
Meh. This is not the greatest base and top coat set, and contrary what it says on the packaging, not the only base and top coats that will work with the polishes from the Gel-Lacque line. The only nice things I have to say about them is that they're thin (after years of dealing with gloopy Seche Vite, a thinner consistency is nice) and dry extremely fast (like maybe 30 seconds). I don't think the top coat would dry any polishes beneath it, but it's a nice fast-drying option for adding shine to extend a dulling manicure. The base coat does a nice job sparing my nails from stain too despite being so thin.
Neither do anything to help adhere the polish to my nails and prevent chipping though. I wore my gel-lacque manicure for 7 days and on my healthier (non-peely, etc.), less used nails, the polish held up rather well for all 7 days. I had 2 nails on my right and 3 on my left that made it completely chip-free and with only minor tip wear. But on my peely, more frequently used nails? I had so many major chips on my right thumb and index finger just on the first night and second day of wear that I completely removed the polish from those fingers and started over on Night 2. Since I didn't want to put up with more chipping on those nails, I used my Revlon Colorstay's base and top coat instead of this set. Those two nails didn't chip again for the rest of the week so I think it's safe to say that this base and top coat was the problem and not the gel-Lacque polish (which I do kind of like!). My right middle, left middle and index fingers made it maybe 4 days without chipping and didn't start to look too bad until day 6.
Basically unless you have super healthy nails that need no help keeping your manicure nice, I wouldn't recommend this set. They don't offer anything to be worth paying $10-12 for the set, and the polish appears to work just fine without them.
I definitely won't repurchase these but I do want to buy a few more of the polishes from this line. I was really impressed with how pigmented the one I got (Fashion's Finest, a dark teal creme) was and how fast it dried. I will just be using them with my normal nail routine next time!
I wouldn't consider this gel polish, It simply seems like a base a topcoat packaged and sold together. I used it twice before wrote this review. The first test run was with the extraordinaire polish that is sold with it. the second time with a polish that was still L'Oreal but just something I bought last year. Both instances held up really well for traditional Nail polish It did not hold up like Gel polish. It begin to chip within a 5 days. with normal use of my hands, which is pretty normal for at home manis. I think that it would work for quick manicure but it your looking a for long lasting go with traditional Gel. There isn't much difference between this an others tops and bases, which is why I wouldn't necessarily buy it again. The shine is great and you can use it with any polish. I prefer traditional polish over gel polish in general because I tend to be no committal with my polish, so if you are that way it may work for you. I would suggest just buy the top and base, and go crazy with the color because the offered selection is limited.
Let me save you all some money!! Don't buy this!! I really wish I had looked on MUA before I bought this stuff. It was so alluring at Target...."buy me", "buy me". I have never had a gel manicure before but from what I know, it's supposed to last longer than an ordinary manicure. L'Oreal should be ashamed of themselves! This is a blatent waste of money! The "primer" and the "gel top coat" are packaged together and you buy them separately -- at Target this was between $9 and $10 for both. The color is sold separately. I chose a burgundy red color that I can't remember the name of -- another $6 bucks. I followed the directions. First the primer, then the color, then the gel top coat. First of all, I have no complaints with the primer...it's a base coat. The color was very pretty and dried quickly down to a very matte finish. The gel top coat makes this very shiny and it looked very pretty for about 12 hours. Then...chip, chip, chip. Seriously??? So mad! I was touching this up daily! My normal manicure routine is China Glaze, Orly or OPI and Seche Vite top coat. Any of those three polishes and the Seche Vite top coat blow this L'Oreal "gel treatment" out of the water. You are supposed to be able to take this off with regular nail polish remover and I believe it!!! #1 - As I sit here, I am able to pretty much just pick it off and #2 - This IS regular nail polish with a base coat and top coat that L'Oreal markets as "gel" to jump on the gel trend and charge more money. Very disappointed and won't buy again. Hope I'm able to save someone else the money. :-(
This is a three-step system: base coat, color coat, and top coat.
Positives: It dries really quickly. The colors are very nice.
Negatives: No wearing power to speak of! I tried this twice, and it started rubbing and chipping after 3 days. It's really not as gel-like as it advertises. Somewhat shiny, but nothing special. It's really expensive to buy the three steps.
I would not likely buy this again. I really wanted to like it, but I'm giving it to a friend.