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SensatioNail Color Gel Polish Review + giveaway!

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.

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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…

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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 Cleanser
Gel Primer
Gel Base & Top Coat
Color Gel Polish (additional nail polishes only $9)
Pro 3060 LED Lamp
Wood Manicure Stick
Lint-free Wipes
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.

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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…

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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…

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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?

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  • Valeriya Vera

    I painted them last night because they were just not looking too cute.

    • Kathy Chandler

      So embarrassed, but three weeks ago. I moved and haven’t had time. :(

    • tammy

      What a great product!

      • Ali

        I did them only a few days ago trying out a new matte top coat, very neat :)

  • Supriya

    I just got my nails painted this past weekend, I was getting a pedicure and sprung for a manicure last minute, and I never do that because of dishes, working on the computer all day etc…I’ve always wanted to try an at home gel kit!!

  • Lisa

    Nice results. I have been wanting to try this

  • Kelly

    So fun! I just did my nails last weekend. I got all funky and decided to do two different colors AND I dotted them. I’m do for a new mani soon.

  • Rivernik

    Just yesterday ^^

  • Nausheen

    The last time I polished my nails was weeks ago! There’s just no time anymore!

  • ashley

    I painted my nails last week!

  • Victoria

    The last time I polished my nails was Sunday morning. I used Essie’s Mint Candy Apple! So pretty!

  • Farrah

    I polished my nails last week!!! Thanks for the giveaway:)

  • jay

    Just changed my polish a few days ago. I’m a nail polish junkie, and have never tried gel nails because i change my polish so often. But, i DESPISE chipped nails, so a gel kit may be worth a try.

  • Cherie Montorio

    The last time I polished my nails was 2 days ago.

  • Jennifer Pham

    I’ve never tried Gel Polish before . . . what are the advantages of it? Length of wear?

  • T.R.

    I personally last polished my nails, about 3 months ago. I did have a mani pedi about 3 weeks ago.

  • Rachel

    Just came across your blog today, I love it! I’m glad I saw this review too. I saw these at Walmart the other day and was a bit skeptical. I’ve definitely gotta pick one up sometime now!

  • MJ

    I did them a week ago!

  • Inafil

    I painted my nails 4 days ago and they still look the same as the day they were painted!!!

  • Daniela

    last sunday! you can see it on my instagram!http://instagram.com/p/XiMX8gI-um/

    thank you
    dani ♥

  • http://www.nesheaholic.com LaNeshe

    Last week I polished my nails with just clear polish. I’ll probably repeat this week. I have a show coming up and my character wouldn’t have nail polish, so for now clear it is!

  • Elizabeth S.

    I hate to say it, but I haven’t polished my nails in about a month! Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  • http://momosmoment.com Momo

    The last time I did my nails was a week ago

  • Sheena

    I polished my nails on Saturday. I spent a whole week in training for my new job with bare nails. It was quite a relief to have some colour again.

  • Katie Contests

    Last time was around Christmas!

  • Liz

    I polish them weekly, but I just went to the spa so both fingernails and toenails are bare right now.

  • http://mimismanisandotherbeauty.blogspot.com/ Connie

    I have clear on them now if that counts! I’m having a problem with cataracts right now and until I have surgery, its very hard for me to see to polish them with color. I have been thinking seriously of trying gels until I can get it done because it’s going to be at least two months and I can’t go that long without color.

  • Keziah Gibbons

    The last time I polished my nails was over a year ago. Being a full time student, school has taken up alot of my time. I am seriously due for a manicure. But I do have a pedicure often.

  • marta

    This morning :-)!

  • http://beautebyamour.blogspot.com Amoure Jones

    I actually haven’t polished them in a while because I have glitter acrylics on. I do believe it was about a month ago but these are coming off this week so I can rest my plates.

  • http://Www.boobooville.blogspot.com Kate

    Would you believe I haven’t polished for like 4 months! I don’t have time to mess with nailpolish that is gonna chip in a day or two anyway. So i would love to try gel nails.

  • Tory C.

    Been a couple weeks, but I’m hoping to polish them tonight!

  • Brittany L

    I would love to try this kit. I usually chip my nails within hours of doing them!

  • V. Vega

    I love all the new colors of gel nails available now. Used to be I could only find reds and pinks (blech).

  • Elizabeth M.

    I haven’t polished my nails in so loooong! lol I have done a gel mani before and I was impressed – I loved it! I do do things like wash dishes w/o gloves, etc. though so regular polish usually doesn’t last long on me. The gel one did fairly well – I would do it again!

  • Heather H.

    I painted my nails w/ a clear polish today. But I generally get a Shellac Gel polish every 3 weeks.

  • Cheri V

    I’m painting my nails now :$

  • Cal

    Great giveaway, and your nails look awesome

  • Candace

    I haven’t polished my own nails in a while. But I need to start, because I can never get to the nail shop on time.

  • Steph Couponsx

    about a month ago!

  • http://lexitarian.com Lexi C.

    My nails are bare. I plan on doing them in the morning with one of the April SquareHue shades.

  • Angela Yeremenko

    It’s been at least a month since the last time I polished.

  • Brooke

    It’s been since January, I haven’t had the patience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ktrig Kristin

    Last time I painted my nails was about two weeks ago. :( It’s hard to keep up with painting my nails because with my job my nails chip a lot and my manicures get ruined! I’ve been dying to try a gel kit to see how it works with my job.

  • Sam V

    I haven’t painted my nails in over a month.

  • http://pinterest.com/luciavalencia/ Lucía

    TWO WEEKS??? That is unreal! I will be jumping on that wagon too!.

  • http://pinterest.com/luciavalencia/ Lucía

    It was last friday so thats…five days. Im still in pretty good shape hehe.

  • Lindsey

    I polished my nails with clear polish a couple days ago to keep them from peeling at work. I use gel when I can but it’s pricey. This is the most positive review I’ve seen for a kit so far!

  • Syreeta

    I polish my nails once a week. I don’t know if I could commit to the same color though. I love the variety.

  • Maddie

    The last time I polished my nails was like 3 days ago… I’m a polish lover. Haha!

  • Jennifer Abramshe

    I polished my toes last night in case we get a nice warm day for some sandals :D

  • Deanna

    I painted mine again last night… love color and hate chips!

  • http://www.facebook.com Michelle

    I just did my polish for Easter this past week!

  • ivanna lary

    Great! i usually use clean polish, very want try it!

  • Rebecca H

    Monday… with crappy regular polish!

  • kim J

    I polished my nails two days ago, need to do it again with spring cleaning going on! These would be awesome.

  • Gemma

    I painted mine last night in Island Oasis, wicked colour :)

  • Janine

    I just did my nails two days ago! I love wearing polish, but sometimes it’s hard to find time to do them.

  • Nikki Robertson

    I painted my nails two hours ago!

  • Nelly

    Painted them 3 days ago with base coat, 2 coats of polish AND top coat and they are ALREADY chipping! :(

  • courtney

    I painted them 4 days ago. I soo need to redo them!!! I want to try gel polishes my nails always chip the day after I paint them!! >:{

  • sarah louise

    I would LOVE to win, I love the teal colour!!

  • Heidi L

    I would love for my nails to last 2 weeks! That is AMAZING!

  • Jenn L.

    I polished them two days ago – I really like gels!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandradee.murphy Sandra Dee Murphy

    I want this!

  • Alpa

    A month ago i had colored my nails

  • Emma

    I painted them this morning with a clear coat, gonna do something more later.

  • Lynn

    The last time I had a manicure was last week. I try an go every two weeks. It would be awesome if I could keep that schedule without having to continually use top coat to protect my nails from chipping, etc.

  • Mandicakes

    I used sally Hansen manicure in a bottle on Sunday and on Thursday I have a few chips but overall they still look good. I have this kit, used it a few times but never seemed to get it to work just right :/

  • Danielle

    I never paint my nails because they chip within the first 2 hours. This sounds amazing, I would love to try it!

  • Melanie

    I painted mine last Saturday with sensationail. I love it too! Would love to win the starter kit for my sister to try out :)

  • Lorena

    I love SensatioNail. The kit cost less than one day at the salon & its faster! I recommend it to all my friends

  • Krystal

    The last time I polished my nails was 2 days ago when my nails started to break and I had to put on a clear coat of nail strengthener

  • http://onedebtatatime.wordpress.com OneDebtataTime

    I am still absolutely in love with Essie’s Mint Candy Apple and I painted my nails that colour last night! :)

  • Rhonda

    I painted them this morning

  • Dytrppr

    I love Sensationail polish. I have a hard time getting regular polish to stay on my natural nails. Enter, Sensationail… a coat of the clear base coat and I can get ANY polish to stay. Add another coat of clear over the polish or nail art and it lasts and lasts without chipping!

  • Krystal

    The last time I polished my nails was 2 days ago when my nails started to break and I had to put on a clear coat of nail strengthener but I know I will need to polish them soon because I have to go to my brother’s marine graduation next week

  • Christi

    Thanks for doing such a helpful review! I painted my nails last night with regular polish and already have a chip, of course.

  • Renee

    I polish my nails weekly…just did three days ago :)

  • http://facebook Renee

    It’s been about 2 weeks

  • Cheryl Schaefer

    The last time I polished my nails was last night. I used Sensationail french tip decals to lengthen and repair a few broken and split nails then applied two coats of RCM structure on top and underneath the tip for strength. I then cleansed, filed and shaped my nails. After that I applied one coat of Gelish take action, two coats of Gelish ambiance, then using the white tip as a guide applied two coats of Gelish high bridge and finished with Sensationail top coat. Even though all that adds up to eight layers of gel-polish my nails are no thicker than thin acrylics and they are still flexible. The whole process took about three hours from start to finish including removal of my previous manicure wich was a lavender to teal gradient done with GIA Petunia and RCM my shimmering gown. In case you cant tell I love gel polish and would love to win the Sensationail starter kit. I’ve been using there products for about a year now and am a huge fan. By the way Raspberry Wine looks awesome on you, makes me want to get a second bottle.

  • Madison Kelley

    I haven’t painted my nails in a while… I really want to try gel nails!

  • http://blushandbarbells.com BlushandBarbells

    I polished my nails on Sunday, but took it off yesterday because of a chip. I would love to use something like this so that my nail polish lasts longer!

  • http://www.itspinkwednesday.blogspot.com Carrie Adorno

    I did my nails about 4 days ago, and it’s way past time to do ‘em again. I was trying out Seche Vite topcoat and base for the first time and I had terrible chipping and tip wear within 5 hours. I’ve been dying to try gel nails though! Looks like these babies will stick around for a while.

  • suzanne

    I will be changing my polish tonight, since the polish i have on now is all chipping

  • Megan

    I am waiting for my nails to dry right now!

  • Marian Sheridan

    I polished mine this past Sunday, pink for Easter!

  • Joanna

    Yesterday!

  • Audrey Ogg

    Seems like forever, but probably I’ve gone 3 weeks without any color. Chips aren’t tolerated at work so I keep a clear on and that all I can do right now. Would excited to try the kit your results are great

  • Betty

    3 days ago -

  • Ann

    I’ve basically never painted my nails – except with strengthener – but really want to try gel for a wedding, and was wondering about the different kits!

  • http://cupcakesquirkycorner.blogspot.com/ Christie Brooks

    I just painted mine today!

  • Leah

    I did my nails about 5 days ago, and did a minor chip repair today. I think you would like Blue Yonder, I have it, and it’s one of my favorites, if not the favorite of the SensatioNail colors I’ve tried. This is a great system. I’ve been looking for that Island Oasis color. Where did you find it? It’s so pretty!

  • Marty

    I did my nails yesterday. I usually do them once or twice a week, so I would be delighted to give gel nails a try. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  • Valerie

    Today! With the beautiful Yara from Zoya.

  • Jayden H.

    I honestly have no idea because I am too impatient to wait for my nails to dry.

  • http://i-may-not-look-natural.tumblr.com Jadelyn

    I’ve been gazing longingly at these at CVS for a couple months now, debating if they were worth the investment. I keep hesitating because I have a really nice Zoyas collection and don’t want to give those up for gels…but the convenience would really be nice!

  • Rachel S.

    Wow- I am sold! You had me at, “busy mom”. Sadly, motherhood has me walking around with naked nails, and cuticles desperately in need of a manicure. However, reading that your gel polish lasted for 2 weeks, makes me want to run out and purchase this product. Thanks for the review & beginner tips!

  • Vivian

    My wedding .. Almost 7 years ago!

  • Jenifer

    I last had my nails done two weeks ago.
    I have been on the gel train for about a year.
    Saving $$ would be fabulous!

  • Jill

    I am one of those gel skeptics because I love to change my polish so much, but sadly, who has time to do that… so I’d love to try gel. :)

  • Maguire

    I haven’t painted mine in about a week! It’s time to again!

  • Aud W

    I painted them this week for a family event. I really need to take it off, but I’m being lazy. Lol

  • Aud W

    I painted them for a family event this week, and I really need to take the chipped mess off! I’m just being lazy lol

  • Stacy

    I polished my nails two days ago with OPI Sand in “The Impossible”. I really like the sand polishes because they hold up pretty well to the abuse I put my nails through. Sadly I can’t polish them for the next few days but I’ll probably be wearing The Impossible again as soon as I can!

  • http://mommiesrun.blogspot.com Cecilia @MommiesRun

    It’s been a while since I’ve painted my nails because they chip so fast! Frustration!

  • Ruth Gistelinck

    I change my polish every 2 days; the last time was the day before yesterday :-)

  • Kate

    I applied Smitten Polish Sprites of Spring the night of the 5th, after my toddler went to bed. When your child gets a bit older and starts sleeping longer it gets easier to find the time to polish your nails!

  • http://www.google.com Susy M

    the last time i polished my nails was over a week ago. I painted them with a yellowish color and then did glitter but I want to paint them again : )

  • Kele B

    Last night!

  • hennie

    did my nails 2 days ago!

  • Mollance

    It’s been weeks, if not months. They’re going through a major flaky & brittle stage at the mo, so i just leave them be.

  • Kassi McKey

    great review!

  • Juli Hutcheson

    Bout a week ago. Unfortunately it came off in two days and I’m bad about peeling the polish after it chips off :/

  • Nikki

    I just painted my nails today! I used Sally Girl Mini in Epic and used a silver Sharpie for the tips, so cute!!! I’ve never tried gel nails before, but this kit looks fabulous!

  • Helen

    Haha probably about a month ago. Ever since I started practicing my violin for about 2 hours each day, I’m too lazy to take care of my nails. Seeing your post has inspired me to start again :)

  • http://youngflyandcurly.com Danielle

    I last painted my nails last week but they weren’t looking to great after I painted them. I had to redo them 3 times because I kept messing them up. Finally I gave up even after they were still messed up -_-

  • Karina

    Friday. A couple of chips already, too :(

  • Ling

    It’s probably been a month or so. I don’t really have time to paint my nails (with school work and stuff), and I suck at painting them.
    My sister would probably enjoy this ALOT.

  • Melinda

    It’s probably been weeks since I painted my nails. I’ve been feeling nail-lazy recently and when I’m not feeling lazy, I feel overwhelmed and can’t make a decision. I need to just bite the bullet and pick a color.

  • Amber V

    I last painted them a week ago, I’ve been trying to heal them up.

  • Amanda

    I painted my nails last night :) I usually change my polish every 2-3 days because I can’t stand any chipping. Haha.

  • Jess

    Looks amazing after the two weeks, held up really well!

  • http://colorfulcupcakecat.blogspot.com/ Elin The Cupcake Cat

    I last did my nails yesterday, with Alessandro polish and Loreal confetti topcoat

  • Abby Kraynick

    Last Week, They need done

  • FS

    I’m polishing as I’m reading your review. :-)

  • Morgan

    I painted my nails last Tuesday. I’m usually a 2x per week polisher but I was at a conference.

  • Cassandra Collins

    Well I painted them last night. But it started chipping this morning and I took it off..
    That’s why I need a gel nail kit! :)

  • Mara

    It’s been about 2 weeks due to exams, but I’m just getting ready to put on Chanel Paparazzi for the opera tonight. :)

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  • Rachel

    I have almost completely stopped doing my nails because of horrible nail polish not lasting more than a few days. Would LOVE to try this gel polish set! :)

  • Andrea Darst

    I did my nails a week ago.

  • Corrina

    I painted mine on Saturday with Essie’s Lilacism. It’s a beautiful spring color. It’s already started chipping on the tips. :(
    I heard the LED light used for gel nails can give you cancer. I would still try it, though.
    Great giveaway!

  • S Carter

    Painted my nails yesterday in honor of the Final Four tonight. Did Michigan colors!

  • http://ms-pocket.blogspot.com Christina

    I painted mine like 3 days ago and they’re already destroyed :( I guess tennis season calls for something a little more durable…like gel nails! ;)

  • Jennifer M

    Wow, the results after 2 weeks look amazing!

  • Odessa Scruggs

    Its been a while, I paint them then two days later my nails are beat up from washing dishes .

  • Jan T.

    Painted my nails this week!

  • Brooke

    I haven’t done mine since Friday, but I’m going to do them tonight!

  • Rachel Beltz

    This morning. It’s a stress reliever for me!

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  • http://xoxosplace.blogspot.com Leanna French

    I just started painting them this morning actually! : )

  • Srna Kulik

    I love to do my nails,I have really long,strong natural nails and I really like to play with colors and patterns on them,so I paint them and repaint all the time :D

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