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on 6/29/2014 8:51:00 PM
More reviews by houlen89
Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Red, Other, Other
So I am writing this review and also hoping to get some answers to questions, that i have as well :) I am a NEW user of the gel manis & must say that so far i LOVE them! I had one done in the salon and i was pretty impressed, then that gave me the idea to try doing them on my own. A couple days later, i bought the Sensationail starter kit and WOW! i did great and it was all done BY ME. SOLD!!! lol. But this particular color (pink chiffon) itself, was a bit sheer for my tastes. It says 2 coats, which i was unhappy with the outcome. It was a bit streaky i found. Can a 3rd coat be done? or not? i didn't dare try as i didn't want to mess up the process-as it seems to be pretty strict on what is needing to be done & how, ect... But feel like a 3rd coat, would have been what was needed to make it PERFECT. Other than that, what a great system! HIGHLY RECOMMEND XOXOCan u ladies help me with a few additional questions, that i have about Gel mani's- in general possibly?Here they are!:1) Since i have all the fixens for the Sensationail kit, like their top coat, base, their light, ect,..BUT Am I able to buy just a different polish?-as long as it is a gel one? If so, what is another good brand to try out?I ask this b.c. this brand seems to have such a limited color selection it appeared... :( 2) Is a 3rd coat ok to do? i have 2 polishes from this brand, & each says only to apply 2 coats?3)Are these removal wraps really worth it? and what all do they entail? i bought that metal removal tool and didn't find it to be that much more helpful, that the wooden stick that was provided! Also, what is the orange stick that everyone keeps mentioning on here?4) Can you use this system on your toes too?> or just hands?5) Is there a better/bigger curing light? and if so (& if it happens to be a different brand), can i use all of my current Sensational products,with this new light or doesn't it matter?6) hand designs.... i wanna do some and was told that you can use normal (non-gel) polish for this & that it will NOT effect the gel mani in any way? is this true? how do i remove that? what type of nail polish remover is needed? acetone still?any good sites to check out? im looking for something SIMPLE & EASY ONLY LOLI know that this is quite the list of questions BUT any help would BE GREATLY APPRICIATED FROM U LADIES OUT THERE!Hope to hear feedback soon! Thanks soo much....:)
on 5/24/2014 8:44:00 PM
More reviews by rosebud264
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Kinky, Medium
I've just finished using the Sensationail introductory kit and wanted to share my experience. A few days ago I had a very average Shellac manicure at a salon and thought 'I can do better than that' so put my money where my mouth is...or nails are, as it were!I bought the kit with Scarlet Red, which is a little different to the red on the box - once applied it's a bit more jellyish and orange-based, but still a good primary red that should suit most skin tones (kind of like OPI Big Apple Red but leaning more orange). The kit contains an LED lamp, 'gel cleanser' (isopropyl alcohol), gel primer, base/top coat, bottle of colour, orange stick and buffer. Not bad for $AU89, but the bottles are pretty tiny TBH - 3.5ml for the colour and base/top coat. The kit also contains instructions for application.Here are some tips that helped me:- Read the instructions! Seriously! I'm fairly nail savvy but still read the instructions carefully and even watched a couple of YT vids before proceeding with application- Do both your thumbs first (prep, base, colour, top, wipe), to get them out of the way.- Work. Slowly. At least for the first time you do DIY gel polish.- Thin coats are a must - apparently thicker coats can wrinkle during curing - however, I took this a bit too literally and didn't have enough polish on the brush so that I had to go over sections of my nail repeatedly. After curing it looked a little uneven. You want your coats to be thin, but try to have enough polish on the brush to cover your whole nail (my nails are a tad on the long side).Pros:- Beautiful shiny finish- No dry time after curing and wiping (which gets rid of the sticky layer) - no chance of sheet marks!- The lamp looks tiny but it's the perfect DIY, desk-top size, and realistically you can only work on one hand at a time anyway- I did a much better job than the salon I went to lol! Cons:- Removal is time-consuming, probably at least half an hour for both hands. If you go too fast or pick at the polish you risk nail damage- The colour I used was a little sheer, even after 3 coats. However, that may have been due to the aforementioned too-thin coats I used. I plan to purchase another colour and try application again- Requires a steady hand and takes practice.I'll be back in a couple of weeks to report on wear time. :)
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 5/4/2014 3:42:00 PM
More reviews by Rcarr6569
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I am so disappointed with this gel. I presumed because it was more expensive than the other gel colours I use (all from bluesky) I'd get a better colour. I find this lasts half the time to bluesky and peels away easily! I normally keep my gel for 1 week and reapply simply because I like to change it up but this didnt even last the week. Ive tried three colours much to my bank accounts dismay and theyre all awful. I think for the price you get such a small amount of product and I found this just awful. Bluesky have such a huge range of colours and the prices are so much fairer! Totally disappointed with this.
on 3/25/2014 9:42:00 PM
More reviews by Lexieloveee
Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
Life changing !!!!!!! Everyone should buy!! Watch youtube videos
on 3/15/2014 11:15:00 AM
More reviews by Heyheytaytay
Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Not Sure
These are so buttery and smooth! Applies flawlessly compared to their other gel line "fuse". I have island oasis which is straight up teal green to me... Will be purchasing more!
on 3/8/2014 12:02:00 PM
More reviews by katties
Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
This is the first gel polish I got. I also have one from OPI, which is much thicker than the Sensationail one - I like Sensationail better. The colour I have in Sensationail is Scarlet Red. It is a bright, true red. The colour is very opaque, even in one thin layer. The polish is very thin, so do not apply a lot - I need to wipe the brush at least twice before I get the right amount. Do NOT cure this if you have gotten some polish on your skin or cuticles! There are several reasons for this: 1) you will have a hard time getting the polish off again 2) it will not look nice - it will have an edge that is sticking upwards when your nails begin to grow out 3) when you have an edge that is sticking up, the polish will loosen at that edge because of air/moisture/oils getting in, under the polish 4) this will dry out your cuticles badly. You can use a small, angled brush and alcohol for clean-up. I would suggest to either NOT pushing your cuticles back or remove them - you don't want the cuticles to move downwards while you're applying this. You do NOT need a whole minute to cure this - 15 seconds for each layer is enough, and I usually do 30 with the last layer. DRAWBACKS:Although I would like to do all of my nails, then cure, then next layer of polish, then cure, this is NOT a good idea! Basically, after you've applied the base/top coat and then apply the colour, the colour will kinda pull back if it's not cured fast enough. This is annoying at the tips, but easy to fix. It is worse when this shrinks from the sides. The good thing is: the nail polish will not dry before you apply UV/LED light - this means you can work with it as long as you wish. I think it's easier to just apply a second coat of polish to cover the areas where the polish have pulled back. Although you might think the application of this won't take that long, especially when you're used to applying several layers of regular nail polishes... I found this not to be true. Unless you've done it before, you need to try out how the polish works, this might take some time, especially if you get the nail wrong and have to take the polish off again (which takes some time....). After I kinda got an idea, I think the application still took 1-1,5 hours. It went a little faster the second time, but still, it took about an hour.Whe you wear gel for a long time, you might get awfully dry nails from the removal-process (I can fix my cuticles). THE LOOK AND FEELThe finish of the polish is very smooth and glossy - way glossier than a regular polish! The glossiness seems to not disappear during the wear time, at all! :) Unless you scratch them with something really sharp. Some people said that the glossy finish get finger marks often *I guess they don't know how polished surfaces work* TIPS:- Wipe your nail with the gel cleanser/alcohol before applying the polish to take off oils. Wait till all of the alcohol has evaporated, or else you might get uneven application- The polish is very thin and might run a little if you apply too much - might even pull upwards, even when you're holding your hand fingertips down, so don't take this too far up the nail- The coloured polish shrinks if not cured fast enough- Start painting the colour on at the tip first, then middle of nail, then outwards to the sides - then you will get a feel of the consistency- Your nails will be sticky after curing until you wipe them with the gel cleanser - Always cap your tips (meaning cover the edge of the nail in some of the base/top coat)- Only use the lint free wipe when wiping your nail - if you get cotton fuss in your nail, you might end up with BUBBLES/uneven surface. In general, be careful not to get hair, dust, or anything else stuck in the polish before it's fully cured and if you do, wipe your nail down with the gel cleanser before you continueWEAR TIMEUsually, a regular nail polish lasts me 2-3 days without shipping/wearing off (in case of liquid sand polishes). The obvious advantage of gel nails here is that when they're cured, you don't need to worry about touching something and ruining your manicure. One recommendation though: do not scratch yourself right after curing - you might push the polish upwards a little and create little fold - this is definitely not a a big problem though - this rule isn't really difficult to follow. So how long does this last? On me it DOES last two weeks, or 1, if I pick at it, but I have had small accidents before and scraped up the polish or cut a tiny part of the tip of the nail. In any case - if anything happens, it's very easy to fix: gel cleanser -> colour + base/top coat or just base/top coat (if the problem is the tip or area near cuticle) - and the nail is as new! Or, at least, with the red colour it works VERY well :) And to those that say they can pick this off: if you pick on it, you will partly get it off. If you want to not be able to pick the polish off, get acrylics instead. One important thing though: I take the dishes with gloves on. But I vigorously massage my hair while showering, so maybe it weighs it up slightly REMOVALYou need pure acetone or gel nail polish remover if you're not planning to just pull the gel off (with the topmost layer of your nail). Regular nail polish remover won't do! I mean: you will get SOME polish off, but a lot will stick very well to the nail, which will not look good. Always remember to buff the whole surface of the polish off - otherwise you will have a harder time removing the polish. In any case: the polish IS hard to get off. DON'T apply bonder to the whole nail if you want to be able to take the nail polish off - only to the free edge and tip. Where there is bonder, the polish sticks pretty damn well.
5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
on 3/1/2014 5:37:00 AM
More reviews by edentomlinsonx
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
Very overpriced for what it actually is! The gels that come with the kit always chip or peel after a few days so I searched and found better gels on eBay for a third cheaper with a wider selection! I love the lamp though it's such a convenient size and very powerful!
on 2/26/2014 9:13:00 PM
More reviews by LauraAronson
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm
Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine
I just started using Nailene 2 weeks ago. It is giving me a long-lasting, hard coat that I need for my weak nails. One nail grows with a split down the middle, and the polish is working great at hiding and protecting it. The only problem is that my nails aren't long enough yet to wrap the polish over the tips. I got a snag today while washing dishes, so I had to trim the nail back. I will make sure to use gloves in the future, at least until I can wrap the tips. I wish the starter kit came with a clear-only option, which is what I usually prefer. I didn't like either of the colors available. I tried using the Pink Chiffon, hoping to get a sheer effect with one coat, but it needed a second coat. A few days ago, I stripped the nails and reapplied with two coats of the clear base/top coat, and will discard the pink.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 1/12/2014 5:54:00 PM
More reviews by Annobime
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I tried this gel polish the other day after finding it in a discount store., I usually use RCM gel polish as I bought the kit last June and give myself regular gel polish manicures. The first thing I noticed about the Nailene product is how " true to colour" the outside of the bottle was! This is my biggest problem with the other product, that you can never get a true idea of what the colour is like from the label on the bottle, until it is applied to your nails. Secondly, I found that the size and shape of the brush was very easy to work with and applied the polish evenly and easily, even getting along the side of the nail without spreading to the cuticle. Third thing I really liked about this polish is the substance itself; it applies easily, giving a smooth lacquer finish that isn't too thick or too thin. I will definitely be on the lookout for more of the this nailene gel polish. It really is " Sensational" and the best I have used so far.
4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
on 9/16/2013 3:39:00 PM
More reviews by Sjess
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Red, Wavy, Coarse
Been through one cycle of this. Lasted just under a week, then my thumbnail chipped off. It looks great, pretty shine, nice colours. I really don't have any problems with how long it lasts or how it looks, it's an excellent way to do a longlasting mani at home. But to get this stuff off... What a total b*tch! All the time you win by having a longlasting manicure is lost when you are removing this stuff. An hour, it took me an hour!! I will continue using this and start praying that it will get better... Also it left my nails very dry. A break between using this and treating your nails to some nail oil is recommended.EDIT: After a few more go's I've come to this conclusion: it really just doesn't hold up for longer than a week. Not a big problem for me as I'm usually bored by the colour by then. But it always annoys the h*ll out of me that products don't work as long as they claim.
Are you sure this product is discontinued?
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