I bought the starter kit with the pink chiffon color and have since purchased and used 5 other colors. I am very impressed with this product! I was tired of regular nail polish chipping within 1-2 days so I wanted something to last longer. This gel manicure lasts me 2 full weeks and I only have to redo it because my nails grow out, not due to it chipping! The only con is that it is difficult to remove :( I feel it's worth it though to have a flawless manicure for two weeks! It still saves time not having to paint my nails every 2 days! I definitely recommend this product, it's exactly what I needed.
I purchased the shade Love Struck from Walmart for around $10. It is a bright pinkish red with no shimmer, very flattering to my NC20 skintone. It's supposed to be a creme, but because of the gel formula, it's not quite opaque with 2 coats and looks almost like a creme-jelly hybrid.
I did not use the complete Nailene Kit, only the nail color. I have a 36w professional UV nail dryer from Amazon. My gel cleanser, lint free wipes, nail tip primer and base/top coat are by Orly. The acetone I have is from CVS.
I didn't like the Nailene gel polish at first. I found it VERY difficult to apply compared to Orly gel colors. It slid around and didn't want to "stick" to the gel base. I wasn't sure if it was the polish formula or if that happened because I mixed brands. It was very thin and messy to apply, and because of the deep color, I found it hard to get it all off of the cuticle and surrounding skin using acetone. It was literally sliding off my nails onto my fingers. I do my own nails several times a week and I've gotten very neat/ careful with practice, so that was very frustrating to me.
I found that I had to apply *very* thin, translucent layers, clean all around the cuticle with acetone and my giant orange stick from Sallys, and then cure each layer before it slid off. It took about 3 layers of color and over an hour to do, but in the end it looks fantastic. It's smooth and shiny and has been chip free for a week now. I have just minimal wear at the tips of a few nails that is only visible way up close. The Orly gel color I have chips after several days, so it seems as though the Sensational is longer wearing. This is the only time in my life that nail polish has lasted so long on my (natural) nails. I am very impressed and I love the variety of colors that Nailene offers and how accessible and affordable they are. In that sense, I highly recommend this product.
However... I am an enthusiastic DIYer when it comes to all things beauty. I love taking the time to learn how to use professional techniques/ products at home.. even if it requires a good amount of money and patience. If you're like me, you will love this product. If you're only interested in at-home gel nails to save time or money, or if you're not that great at doing your own nails and don't have a ton of patience, I wouldn't recommend attempting gel nails at home. There's definitely a learning curve involved, the products are pricey, and it's a lot more time consuming than regular nail polish because of the way you have to apply it.
I got the starter set as a gift from a very generous friend and have in general been pleased with the results. It does take a while to put on, so I will generally only do it when I have a good block of time set aside. **Check the website,** they have a video with a lot of helpful tips about how to get good results with this set.
As for the polish, the wear has been impressive. I usually wear another (non-gel) polish over my gel manicure because I have nail ADD and want to change colors all of the time. The non-gel will wear like gel. Even chip-happy polishes like Butter are chip free when layered over a gel manicure. And removing the non-gel polish with nonacetone remover doesn't damage the gel manicure at all. It is still as perfect and glossy as when I put it on.
WTHBS, the removal is a pain and a half. The foil method isn't working for me, even with pure acetone. I do a lot of scraping and usually end up damaging my nails during removal. I bought nail soakers and am hoping that will help speed removal. So, it's a mixed bag. If I could find a way to remove it without damaging my nails, this would be a five star review.
Such a pain to remove!!!! The application takes for ever at least an hour and it takes for ever to remove them. They sometimes peel right off after only a few hours after application, so I was getting fed up with it. Can't recommend these. If you want gel nails that actually last, get gelish professionally done at a salon!
I have been paying out the nose to get no-chip manicures in the salon, which is why I am SO happy to have found this product! I polished my nails with this system almost two weeks ago and they are still chip-free and shiny. Relative to the cost of a manicure in the salon this system is cheap and the application is very easy. I haven't taken the polish off yet, but I am prepared for a lengthy removal process having had it done before. Overall, excellent -- I can't stop singing its praises!
I rarely post reviews for products, but this is hands down one of the best beauty products I have ever purchased.
My nails break very easily, won't grow long, and I have to use my hands a lot at work. Regular nail polish looks decent for about 2 or 3 days before I have to remove it.
The kit was not difficult to use. I am SO impressed with the results. The gel polish makes them thicker and smooth. They are shiny and the best part is that my nails looked perfect for a week! No more weak and breaking nails. After 9 days, I decided to remove the polish, and it took about 20 minutes to remove. Not as bad as I expected considering the reviews I read.
The downside for me is that the colors aren't as funky or vibrant as I like. I bought some Gelish colors and they work perfectly with the kit.
This product is a serious game changer and I only wish I would have discovered it sooner.
Amazing value for money! Whole kit for 60 pounds, 2 manicures in the salon.
Nails don't last the 2 full weeks on me, but still giving it 5 stars as regular nail polish barely lasts 2 days on me and I can get 10 days wear out of this!
Colour range available on the website is great too, love evening sand especially.
Love the packaging too. All-round great product!
This review is for the espresso bean polish only. I really like the product in general and will continue to use the other colors. I was looking for an alternative to a black polish and when I saw the espresso bean I envisioned a rich brown. Perfect....if only it was. This color is an army green. I'm a little traditional with my colors, so I will not be using this color again. It is a pain to take off so after I spent an hour doing my nails, I didn't want to do the process again. Unfortunately, every time I look at my nails this morning I feel like there is algae growing on my nails. This will be coming off tonight.
I used to get my my nails done at a salon every two weeks with the Gelish, but it was $45 a pop, so I eventually stopped getting them done. I am the type of person who loves to have my nails looking pretty, but I hate to do them. I will leave the polish on for weeks before I do them again, which is not the most attractive site. When I first saw this product advertise I was like, "there is no way it works!"
Well, I purchased this on a whim last week. I didn't even check what color until I got home. I ended up with the Scarlet Red. I am not a red polish person so was a little put off, but was set on trying this out.
I read the instructions a million times, along with the MA reviews a zillion times. I am really good at doing my own manicures. I take the time to do it, I use higher end polish and base/top coats. My home manicures usually last a full week looking great before they start to look bad. Well...from a distance they looked phenomenal once I did the Sensationail. Up close, not so much. I honestly just attributed it to my needing to practice more with the product getting on the skin. I also believe I used too thick of a clear coat. It says to apply a thin coat for a reason. I had bubbles on some nails, color on sides of most fingers. But, the product actually worked. It did what it claimed to do. I must also say that they Scarlet Red was gorgeous and I will be using red more often.
I put it on Thursday. It started chipping today (Monday), but I again feel it was because I applied way too thick.
Having an addictive personality, I became obsessed this weekend reading reviews. I decided to try the Gelish Brand, went to my local beauty supply and purchased the Ph Bonf, Foundation, Top It Off and the shimmery color Ambience. I took off the polish today and re-did my nails. They look great. The application was so much smoother and nicer. The LED lamp that came with the Sensational Kit worked very well with it.
I will say that capping off the tips is a huge factor in getting the polish to set, or cure, nicely at the tips.
I was concerned that the removal would be really difficult based on what I read in the reviews and also because I used such thick layers. I completely soaked 10 cotton balls in pure acetone. I put the cotton balls on my fingernails and wrapped in foil (one hand at a time). With one hand at time, one finger at a time, I removed the foil. The first hand I let soak for 15 minutes. I did have to work a little bit, but without too much struggle. The second hand, I left soaking for 20 minutes. It slid right off and I could feel my nail beds and how ;perfectly smooth they were.
I gave this a 5 star rating because, they were not perfect as a result of my application, not because of the formula. I think the price is fair because from what I have seen, the LED lights are expensive and this cures in 60 seconds or less. The packaging leaves little to be desired. I would buy this again simply to replace the LED lamp if I needed to.
I will use the Gelish products from now on, with this lamp. Next, I will try to gelly sammich them!!
I've been thinking about buying this product for a while now, months even, especially when it was on sale on drugstore.com for about half off.
However, I am a beauty adviser at Walgreens, and we got one of these kits for demo for one of our "saturdates." The senior BA had no intention of using it, so she gave it to me.
It's stupid simple to use. All together I'd say it only takes about 15/20 minutes total to do, and you could wash dishes the second you are done. Awesome, no more dry time or bed sheet marks.
Having to be super careful about not getting it on my skin (which just begs for chips) is annoying to me, only because my method of manicuring my nails is : Do before bed. Let the shower water and loofah take care of cleanup the next morning lol.
I will say, this has never last 2 weeks on me. Only one week. And since 40 hours of my time are now spent putting away product, tearing through boxes, and now dealing with the Hallmark aisle, that in itself is a miracle.
I bought the French kit (mostly for the sheer pink, I found the pink in the starter kit to be just a TOUCH too loud), and I'll agree with the review on that kit specifically: the tips do lift quickly (I followed one reviewers advice and put the color on top of the white strips -- still lifted, but muted the stark whiteness). HOWEVER they don't chip.
I also noticed that the base coat under the white tips didn't chip at all. So what I did tonight is put 2 coats of just the base/top coat on. At some point I'll go ahead and put a coat of a regular polish on, to see how long that lasts.
It definitely makes my nails strong enough to grow out, I've had to file them once a week, when I re-done my nails. They're a bit damaged without the gel on it, however. This is completely my fault though, because once a side starts to lift, or a chip happens, I start peeling away! Terrible habit. Don't do this lol