These are cute bottles with a huge colour selection and also only $10 which is the cheapest I've seen "non-aesthetic" brand gels. I was an aesthetician and worked with higher-end nail products and I don't feel there is anything wrong with this gel. I wouldn't call it a gel though, it reminds me more of a Shellac-type.
It is very easy to apply and the consistency is just like a thick polish that doesn't clump, you just brush it on your nails the same way you would your polish except you cure it under your LED lamp. You do need to make sure that you apply an even amount of product onto your nail just because you may get bumps and waves in your application if you put too much.
As long as you prep your nail properly, avoid your cuticles/side walls and cure in the lamp for the appropriate amount of time then you should be able to get about a week. Mine usually last anywhere between 5-8 days, depending on how rough I am with my nails. My biggest problem was them fading/chipping on the tips from typing. The shine doesn't last much longer, when they begin falling off is also when they begin looking dull - you can always go over them with a top coat again to make them look better.
Some negatives - The scent is very strong and I will sometimes get a headache if I am working with it for too long. The bottles also leak very easily, it never matters how hard/tight I put on the caps, they always seem to spill and it gets so sticky and is very hard to get off.
I bought the Quo by Orly Gel polish kit at Shopper's Drug Mart. It came with a cute pink portable LED lamp, primer, base top coat, and 2 colors.
The big draw of gel nails is the staying power. Your nail polish can last for weeks at a time. I honestly wasn't expecting weeks from an at home kit, but I definitely expected more than 4 days. Which so far, after 6 attempts, has been my record. I've followed the directions completely, read up on tips and tricks, and still, I have at least one, usually more, nails starting to peel after a couple of days or so. Even the nails that aren't peeling off still look ragged on the edges. I noticed the last time, immediately after completing all of the steps, it almost looked like the polish shrunk after putting it under the light. Where I know I had just meticulously made sure that my nails were covered perfectly, the very edges were now not painted.
I've since bought another color, and it seems the staying power is about the same on all 3 colors. I am disappointed, but I'm not sure if it's the polish or the light that is the issue. I plan on buying a different brand of gel polish to try next time.
The consistency of the polish was nice though, which made it easy to apply. I find I need at least 2, if not 3 coats of just the color. I'm going to keep trying to see if I can get it to last longer. It's also still nice that your nails are dry and ready to go as soon as you're done and you don't have to worry about smudges.
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