As you probably know I have an extensive nail polish collection. That's great but since I've entered (well more like had a peek into) the nail industry I got fascinated by gel polishes. Unfortunately having a big collection of gel polishes would come at a great cost so when I've learnt about Gelibility few months ago I knew I had to try it.
Gelibility is a gel polish system that allows you to mix ANY regular nail polish with it and transform it into gel polish! Just the idea of being able to transform any nail polish into gel colour and save a lot of money was very exciting for me. I got in touch with nail technician Brandi Hensley, the mastermind behind Gelibility and she was happy to send me a set to try. It was right before my two-week summer holiday so the timing was perfect.
I have decided to wear Gelibility and OPI Coca-Cola Red throughout my holiday and to test its application, longevity and shine. Here's how the nails looked straight after application:
Gelibility system consists of Gelibility Stick It!, soak off bonder and Gelibility Fix It! soak off gel. I also got a palette to mix the polish in but you can also use your regular .50p palette from a craft store or a piece of foil. Click here for a very nice step by step instructions and picture tutorial. I would just repeat it here ;)
I've picked OPI Coca-Cola Red because I knew it's well-pigmented. It got diluted quite a bit because I've used one drop of Gelibility and one drop of OPI. Now I know that I can use up to two drops of polish and one drop of Gelibility and it will improve the opacity of the mixture and it will still work fine.
I've applied two coats of the mixture over the Gelibility Stick It!, soak off bonder. It doesn't say the nails need to have shine taken off (lightly filed over with a nail file) which is obviously very good for the natural nails as you don't cause extra damage. The colour was not 100% opaque but it was enough so I left on just two coats.
I've worn the polish for 14 days in total and I've it put through a lot and rarely used cuticle oil. Let's have a look how my nails did...
Pretty good, huh? The cut on my index finger is from a razor blade when I was shaving so that is not fault of product. I've experienced a very minor tip wear towards the end of two-week period but otherwise nothing! Zilch! The nails were still glossy and smooth. Gelibility delivered better than I thought so I am very pleased with it. It was also easy to work with and I think you could easily do nail art with it as well. I still can't get over the fact that now I can turn any of my polishes into gel polishes! It's genius!
The removal is same as with other gel polishes so just use the foil method and acetone, soak the nails off for about 10 minutes and then gently remove the leftover product with orange wood stick (you can sill cause damage if you're not careful!). If it didn't soak off properly put the foil on again for further 5 minutes.
Gelibility system is available at their website, priced at $37.95 for the set of two but you can also purchase them separately.