Gel nails are a new-ish technology in nail care that gives you the option to have longer lasting nail lacquers that dries almost instantly and doesn’t chip until two weeks to a month. It has been all the rage last year among the beauty gurus I follow. Ever since then, I’ve been wondering about when this trend will finally hit our side of the world. The answer came a few weeks back when I got chosen by Jennifer Lynn to try out their gel nail polishes.
Jennifer Lynn, by the way, is a nail and skin care American brand established in 1990. Their mission is provide us with “the best of science and nature to create a unique line of hypo-allergenic, formaldehyde free nail and skin treatments.” In the Philippines, the brand is a staple in the country’s top nail salons.
I had my free manicure and pedicure at Beauty & Butter SM Mega Mall. It was a nail salon unlike any I’ve been to before so I’m writing a separate entry on it. You guys should watch out for that. 🙂
Anyway, before I digress any farther, let’s proceed to the my first ever gel nails experience:
Eventually, I decided on the red, which was called ‘Chloe” since I figured that it’s an easier color to live with for a longer period of time. It’s a classic, professional color that can go with anything.
GETTING IT ON
Gel nails are applied similarly with your regular nail polish except these have to be cured under UV light. After the usual manicure rituals, a product is applied on the nails to strip it of its oils. Apparently, the oilier the nail surface, the easier it is for nail polishes to chip.
After this, a base coat is applied.
The base coat is then “cured” by a UV light machine.
First coat is then applied, then back for curing under UV light.
Then a second coat and back to the machine.
Lastly, the top coat is added then back to the machine again for curing.
Then voila! Shiny, pretty, instantly dry nails!
Now let me list down to you the pros and cons of this nail technology:
- You get instantly dry nails! No need to wait for it to dry after the top coat is cured. You can dig into your wallet for money and not worry about it getting smudged / chipped.
- If done well, it can last for two weeks to a month so no need to change regularly. You get perfect nails for longer.
- It’s perfect for when you’re going on a long vacation or for a wedding / honeymoon and you need to have your nails looking great all the time but would have no time to go to the salon.
- You can’t remove this by yourself. You need a special soaking agent to get this off your nails so unless the salon provided you with the kit, you have to go back and them remove it.
- You can’t apply this by yourself unless you’re really good at applying the polish and you have the UV machine for curing. You’ll have a difficult time if you’re like me and get the nail polish all over the skin instead of just the nails.
- Not sure about how healthy it is to expose your hands to UV light often.
- Can be a bit pricey. A manicure using Jennifer Lynn would cost you about PHP590 and a pedicure would cost you PHP650. Other brands are even more expensive.
As for me, my nails chipped after only a few days 😦 I think it’s because the gel wasn’t sealed properly at the tips. I know you have to run the polish along the tips to seal it but in the salon, they didn’t do that. That’s probably the cause. Will I use gel nails again? I think so, but only for special occasions and definitely, when I do that, I’ll choose Jennifer Lynn again because it’s the more affordable option, it has a good color selection, and it does seem to be of good quality.
How about you? What’s your take on gel nails?