I got an offer recently to review MelodySusie LED lamp. As a blogger I'm always open to trying new products and this was to be my first LED lamp. I was very excited to try it because the 2 minutes wait with UV lamps seems like forever, especially when I'm painting my own nails and can't do anything else until the polish is cured. Today I will be reviewing new model of the lamp called Violetili in black colour.
What MelodySusie say:
The MelodySusie Violetili is the upgraded version of Violetilac, including 12W LED light to cure your LED gel nail polish, more efficient. It's especially designed to efficiently cure Gelish Soak-off Gel color and products from the Gelish MINI System for a beautiful manicure that lasts up to three weeks. Also, it can cure ANY LED GEL polish. With the preset timer function, you can choose the time as you wish. This Nail Dryer is very efficient and you can dry your most LED Gel nail polish in 45 seconds.
The lamp comes in a box with AC adapter and user manual. It has chic round design with four timer settings on top of the lamp for 30, 60, or 90 seconds and for 30 minutes. I find it to be comfortably big enough to cure all five fingers at once but it's not massive like some UV lamps so it can be a good lamp for travelling. It's quite lightweight and the AC adapter is detachable.
The lamp is 12W - without going into too much details and science I just want to point out that you shouldn't buy lamp based just on wattage because that is not an indication of how well it will cure the gel polish. There are many factors to consider like UV output and photo initiators in the product (read more here). The safest option is of course to buy the recommended lamp for the product you're using. But given the very often high prices that is not always an option. That's where MelodySusie lamp can come handy. It is very affordable and it claims to cure any LED compatible gel polish.
I have tested this lamp with three gel polish brands - OPI, Bio Seaweed Gel and Gelish.
I found it to cure all three brands with no problems, even multiple layers of nail art were fine. I've also done classic one-colour gel polish manicures and all were just fine. I always cured them for the recommended time on a bottle or a bit longer in case of dark colours. So far I can't fault the lamp in any way, it worked really well for me and the price is very good for LED lamp.
US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AXSQCGK/ currently on sale for $39.99
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00MVQR4FU/ for £56.99
I'd just like to say that if you order from Amazon US to save some money and you live in UK or other European country, you will probably receive an AC adaptor for US market so you would need additional converter for UK/Europe. That's all from me but if you would like to know anything else just leave a comment :)
Have a nice day! Lucie x