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Home gel nails

(18 Posts)
fuzzyfozzy Tue 24-Oct-17 15:05:58

I’m mulling over asking for a kit for Christmas. I’ve done a bit of research but not blown away by any reviews.
Has anyone got a kit they love?
Which polishes are the best?
Or should I not bother...

sweetheart Tue 24-Oct-17 15:07:51

I have the kit by Sensationail and find it very easy to use and their polishes work well. Some of them are dodgy colours and don't look like the advert but i wrote to them about that and they sent me a bunch of varnishes for free.

MrMeeseekscando Tue 24-Oct-17 15:12:40

Same as sweetheart
I have the sensationail kit and mine ladt longer than they used to when I got them done at a salon. I've saved £40 every 3 weeks too!

fuzzyfozzy Tue 24-Oct-17 18:24:41

Fantastic. I’ll have a look at it thanks

ProfessorCat Tue 24-Oct-17 18:29:49

Sensational here. I have their gel to polish stuff too so I can turn my normal nail polishes into gel.

Also, £40 for gel nails?! That's insane. My local salons charge £12!

evilharpy Tue 24-Oct-17 18:30:13

Bluesky polishes are very good and well priced. A DIY gel polish lasts me about two weeks I find doing the removal at home really damages my nails though, but my nails are incredibly weak and rubbish.

Wolfiefan Tue 24-Oct-17 18:31:05

I have Blue Sky. I think I'm doing the prep wrong as it tends to chip and/or peel.

MrMeeseekscando Tue 24-Oct-17 18:40:31

Professorcat it was a really nice salon!
I miss the girl that used to do my manicure as she was lovely, but I like having the cash more. grin

HaHaHmm Tue 24-Oct-17 18:48:32

I also have the Sensationail gel to polish which suits me brilliantly as I have an embarrassingly large collection of normal polishes. You can mix the polish with the transformer to do a traditional gel manicure which will last about 10-14 days IMO, but you can also just paint your nails normally and then use the transformer as a topcoat, which will give you a solid 7-10 days.

mydrawstring Tue 24-Oct-17 18:54:42

Another vote for sensationail. I but the blue sky polishes off Amazon to use with them.

MinkowskisButterfly Wed 25-Oct-17 14:04:18

Glad people get on with Sensationail, I'm getting it for Christmas off DH, really looking forward to getting it.

sweetheart Fri 27-Oct-17 11:55:39

Just got an email from them saying starter kits are reduced

thefutureisours Fri 27-Oct-17 11:59:02

It's the express gel kits that are reduced not the normal ones. I have the normal one and it's fab but the Facebook page comments seem to indicate the express gel isn't as good.

MarsBarsAreShrinking Fri 27-Oct-17 12:18:52

I've been doing mine at home for a while now and after some trial and error I can say that CND Shellac polish is the best by a mile. Followed closely by NYK1 (which is a lot cheaper but the CND polish goes on easier). I didn't get on with Gellish at all, terribly shrinking. Red Carpet manicure is okay, as is Blue Sky.

WhooooAmI24601 Fri 27-Oct-17 12:29:39

I like Bluesky colours but only tend to get a week or so out of them. CND are amazing and have the best staying power I've found. The CND lamp is great but there's one by Mylee on Amazon that's a close second (and much smaller).

BoredOnMatLeave Fri 27-Oct-17 13:30:18

Would Sensationail work if you have basically no nails?

I'm an awful biter. Hate having acrylic extensions on as they never look nice. If I was to put the Sensationail on would it make it harder to bite and more likely to grow?

DeltaG Fri 27-Oct-17 13:50:08

I've got a CND kit which I bought here in Switzerland. I am extremely pleased with it and often buy colours off Ebay as there are some decent deals on there.

I attach a pic of my nails currently. This polish has been on a week and last weekend I stripped and re-painted a wardrobe without gloves!

MarsBarsAreShrinking Fri 27-Oct-17 15:10:14

BoredOnMatLeave I don't know if it would make them less attractive to bite but it certainly protects and keeps them strong. It forms a much harder and tougher surface than regular nail polish, making nails a lot less prone to breaking... in my experience anyway smile

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