I recently got a very basic gel nails kit, which consists of UV activated gel, a brush, and a UV light. The cost of the kit was the same as 1 or 2 gel nail applications at a salon, so I thought I’d give it a try. I have had only a couple of salon experiences in Japan and generally don’t want to repeat them!
The material in the kit is pretty cheesy. The gel itself is pretty hard to work with, but this could be my lack of skill rather than a problem with the material. The brush fell apart pretty quickly, so I think I’m safe in saying that these implements are not really top quality.
You can add length to your nails with gels and a sort of sticker form that the gel builds on, but this is way beyond my ability. I was aiming to coat my nails in clear gel, cure the gel under the lamp, therefore making a nice protective coating over my recently overbuffed nails. The gel is sort of like a clear, mega-strong topcoat that won’t chip. Or so it’s supposed to be.
I got a rather lumpy surface that stayed sticky and maybe didn’t cure right, but everyone has to start somewhere, right? I cleaned my nails, skipped the buffing as they were already buffed, and applied the gel. It said it didn’t need a primer, but I bet this gel will lift by the end of this weekend because of the lack of priming. My mom got her nails done at a salon without the primer, and they were lifting within 7 days. So I’m a little sceptic but we’ll see what happens.
Also, in addition to my lumpy gel job, you get to see my HOT NAKED TOTALLY BARE nails. XXX!
No gel on the left, gel on the right.
The UV light. Basic but it seems to get the job done.
The gel is about the consistency of clover honey. It’s not that easy to control, and the brush stiffened up halfway through. I was able to clean it easily with some solvent, though. The instructions said to brush on a thin coat, cure for 30 seconds, brush on a second coat, cure for 30 seconds, and then brush on a third coat and cure for 2 minutes.
My whole lumpy gelled-hand. I haven’t gotten around to doing my left hand yet. I hope practice makes perfect!