I purchased the sensational gel transformer with LED lamp so that i could do my own gel manicures at home. I was disappointed with the results as the polish still seems to chip within a few short days of wearing it. The hassle of taking off gel polish is definitely not worth the extra day or 2 you get with the gel top coat. I do like that the LED lamp that came in the box can be used with both gel polishes and regular polish (with gel top coat) and love love love that your nail polish dries in 1 minute. I find it difficult to sit and let my nails dry but I do not think the hassle of taking it off is worth it. I wish they came up with a much easier removal process- soaking in acetone just isn't cutting it.
I purchased this product to transform some of my non-gel polishes and give them a longer life span on my nails. This product is not a replacement for a gel mani, but I did find it increased the longevity of my regular polish manicure by a few days. I usually get 3-5 days without chipping (I work with my hands and with products that really wear out manicures), but with this top coat I got about 7-8 days. Note that I did not mix this product with my regular nail polish, I simply used it as a top coat. Overall I will stick with gel manicures because I can get 2-3 weeks out of them, but I will keep this product around to get better wear out of regular polishes when needed.
After getting my first gel manicure and experiencing the its amazing longevity, I was eager to try gel manicures at home. Of course it's hard to start buying a new collection of polish colours when you already have a whole collection of regular nail polish colours that you love. However, my coworker suggested SensatioNail's Polish to Gel Transformer - which you can use to mix with your regular nail polish to transform it to a gel formula.
I bought my bottle of transformer in a little kit that comes with a small plastic mixing pot with a lid. What I usually do is line the plastic mixing pot with tin foil, and use the brush from the transformer bottle to dollop 5-6 drops of transformer into the pot. Then I use the regular nail polish brush to drop in 5-6 drops of the colour of my choosing and mix it all together. This product works really well! Of course since the formula is clear, the regular nail polish colour gets diluted so you may end up needing an extra coat of polish or two, but that isn't a huge problem considering gel polishes cure within a minute of being under a LED lamp. I also found that my light purple polish looked more like light grey after it dried, but it wasn't a huge colour difference. With brighter colours like cherry red there wasn't a noticeable colour difference other than needing an extra coat.
Overall, I really like this, and highly recommend it to whoever wants to have the gel manicure experience at home without having to repurchase all their favourite nail polish colours.
Now that we are changing toward gel manicures from regular polish because they last longer and wear better, a product like this really piqued my interest. While the "top coat" application process was relatively easy by topping off well-dried regular polish and curing with an LED lamp, the results were sub-par. I usually get 7-10 days of perfect wear out of my gel manicures and with this product, I had chips and peeling within a day (even worse than my regular top coat)! Ironically, when it got to the point of no return, removal was cumbersome and took forever with an acetone-based remover. Great idea, lacklustre results.
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