Welp. It’s official. I am definitely on the gel nail train. It took a minute, uh? But honestly – as someone who adores nail polishes, it’s reallllly hard to get me to try a product that means I DON’T have to change my nail polish for a few weeks. It’s practically torture. I thought I’d always have time to polish my nails daily. Or at least every other day.
And then I had a bebe. And as darling as she is, my girl could care less about my desire to polish my nails daily. No new mom (or insanely busy mom) has time for such shenanigans. And that’s when I knew it was the ideal time to try gel nails.
Say hello to the SensatioNail Starter Kit.
Priced at $50, this kit contains everything you’ll need to do several gel nail manicures at your own crib. I’ve reviewed a gel nail kit before, but after using it on my sister. This time around, I am the guinea pig and having applied, rocked and removed this manicure – I’ve got somethin’ to say…
Color me impressed! Yes, seriously. After 2 weeks, I had little to no chipping. But first, let’s talk about the details and application of this stuff.
Starting Kit includes:
Gel Base & Top Coat
Color Gel Polish (additional nail polishes only $9)
Pro 3060 LED Lamp
Wood Manicure Stick
Double-sided Nail Buffer
How to apply (information from press release)
- Prepare: Apply our exclusive Gel Primer to clean, dry nails. Then apply Gel Base & Top Coat – Cure for 30 seconds
- Laquer Up: Sweep on your favorite shade of SensatioNail Invincible Gel Polish – Cure for 60 seconds
- Protect: Seal in color with Gel Base & Top Coat – Cure for 30 seconds — Wipe nails with Gel Cleanser – you’re done!
* SensatioNail Invincible Gel Polish can be removed by soaking in 100% pure acetone
Application is really very easy. Formula-wise the polishes were nice and thin and I didn’t have any issues with bubbling. The key is to use thin coats. I struggled with this because I’ve always been one to apply relatively large coats of polish. The thinner the coat, the better. The good news is, even if you apply thicker coats, it won’t affect the longevity of the polish. Will the tips look a bit heavier? Well, yeah…but no one can really notice that from a distance. Also, be prepared to spend a good hour on the initial application.
Le wear is very impressive. I didn’t get ANY chips the entire 2 weeks I had the polish on. As with all nail polishes, I’m sure this will vary from person to person. Some of us are harsher on our nails than others and so the nail polishes wear differently. But overall, I thought the wear was exceptionally better than most gel nail systems.
My nails immediately after application…
See how thick the gel looks? The gel on my pinky is especially coated on. It ended up chipping soon after and I’m pretty sure it was due to my packing it on. So yah – definitely user error.
Removal took forever but that was to be expected. Luckily, SensatioNail has a nice removal kit that helps aid in that. I found that regular acetone and a ton of patience did well enough for me. It took a good hour for me to completely remove all traces of the gel nails. I didn’t notice any damage on my natural nails either.
Variety & availabilty: I’ve spotted at the set at both Target and Walmart and many of the polishes are sold there individually too. Score! I was thisclose to picking up Blue Yonder, a fabulous navy blue polish. The price for the kit is around $50 with the polishes between $9-$10. This is a HUGE deal for those who regularly do gel nails at a salon.
Nails 2 weeks after application…
So yah! I am veryyyy happy that I gave these a whirl. SensatioNail’s gel nail system seems to be one of the more popular ones and I see why.
I’m giving away a set!! The Rafflecopter will take a few seconds to load but when it does, enter for a chance to win a starter kit and 2 additional polishes.
Any gel nail lovers in the house?