I went to my cousin's wedding in April and since I was going to be away for 9 days, I've decided to do a gel polish manicure. It was the perfect opportunity to test the longevity of gel polishes as this was the first gel polish manicure that I was going to wear for more than a day!
I wanted something fun yet a bit elegant and suitable for a wedding so I have used Nsi Polish Pro in Fruit Smoothie which matched my dress. It's a pretty magenta pink with a subtle shimmer. I have used two thin coats as per the general directions and you can see it was enough for good coverage.
Of course I wasn't happy with just plain colour so I laid little gold foil pieces one by one. I've taken advantage of the sticky surface gel polishes have after being cured. That way I didn't have to use glue or topcoat to sick the foil to the nail. I also had to use two coats of Nsi Polish Pro top coat to get nice & smooth finish. The gold leaves were slightly sticking out so one coat of top coat wasn't quite enough.
And how the manicure 'performed'? Below is a picture of how it looked after 9 days of wearing. It was pretty good but the foil started to wear off in some places which bugged me quite a bit. The gel polish itself had lasted well and I didn't have any chips.
I've also prepared a picture tutorial for you, here's some (hopefully) helpful description:
- Prepare your nail - lightly buff your nail with 240grit or higher buffer. Then clean and dehydrate the nail with dehydrator and lint free wipe. I'm using Nsi Nailpure Plus.
- Apply thin layer of gel base coat and cap the free edge of the nail & cure it. I'm using Nsi Polish Pro Base Coat Plus and UV lamp.
- Apply thin coat of the gel polish but don't cap the free edge & cure it. I'm using Nsi Polish Pro Fruit Smoothie.
- Apply thin second coat of gel polish & cure it.
- Keep the tacky residue on and start sticking small pieces of gold foil on the nail one by one. This is best done using a pair of tweezers as your nails are now sticky ;)
- Seal the nails with two thin coats of gel top coat and cure each coat. I'm using Nsi Pro Top Coat.
- Remove the tacky layer with appropriate cleanser. I'm using Nsi Cleanse.
And that's it!
I've removed the gel polish using the foil method and acetone and it worked very well. A thin layer of basecoat stayed behind so I put the foil back and then gently scraped the remaining base coat with orange stick.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the colour and performance of Nsi Polish Pro system. I appreciate that it didn't cause any damage to my natural nails and lasted throughout the whole vacation. I don't wear gel polish often but I wouldn't be afraid to wear it again.
*I have NOT been compensated for this post