I was approached a little while ago to try out and review a gel polish kit. I was wary at first as I wasn’t sure if gel polish exists outside of the realm of acrylics or not since my experience has only been with plain nail polish (and nail strips and press on nails). I was reassured it doesn’t have anything to do with acrylics, so I agreed to give it a try. I will admit that since I know nothing about it I did put it off for a few weeks, partially due to laziness and other part is fear of the unknown. But I finally took the plunge and tried it out. So here’s a beginner’s take on the Modelones Pink Lipstick Series Starter Kit – Gel Polish Kit.
Modelones Pink Lipstick Series Starter Kit – Gel Polish Kit
Modelones Pink Lipstick Series Starter Kit – Gel Polish Kit (other side)
Modelones Pink Lipstick Series Starter Kit – Gel Polish Kit (contents)
What I love about this product? It is a great starter kit for anyone that knows nothing about gel polishes. I chose to not read on reviews or even read up about gel polishes. I relied on the information that is provided in the kit to use it. The instructions are fairly easy to understand and follow. I prepped my nails as I normally would. Here’s when I started getting confused. The instructions indicate to apply a thin layer of the base coat then cure under the UV LED lamp for 60 seconds. The lamp is pretty neat by the way. It is easy to set up and use AND it has an internal timer set for 60 seconds so it goes off when time is up. I did time it with the first use and was ready to pull the plug from the lamp in case it did not go off after 60 seconds. Back to the instructions, it asks for a thin application of the base coat. Here is where my problems began as I find the formula of the base coat provided to be pretty thick. I tried my best to apply a thin even layer on my nails, but I was also rushing through it as my internal assumption is that if it’s thick then it means it dries pretty fast most likely. I then stuck my fingers under the lamp for 60 seconds and proceeded to apply a thin layer of the desired shades per the instructions provided. Well, the formula for those are all pretty thick as well. Again, I’m internally rushing myself to try my best to apply a thin layer quickly in fear of it getting dry before I can get it to the lamp. Under the lamp it goes for 60 seconds and repeat it until you have the desired number of coats down for the shade. After that we then apply the top coat and then cure it under the lamp for 60 seconds. I like that the kit comes with clear instructions and even a troubleshooting guide on things you might encounter when using this kit. The smell of the gel polishes is…well, chemically. Think of nail polishes from the 80s and 90s. I assume it contains ingredients that a lot of nail polish companies these days no longer use. Not a deal breaker for me but it might for some. The scent is gone almost immediately after I’m done with the entire process. The durability of the end result versus regular nail polish is very noticeable and evident. I do not have to worry about chipping at any point.
Modelones Pink Lipstick Series Starter Kit – Gel Polish Kit (tools/implements)
Modelones Pink Lipstick Series Starter Kit – Gel Polish Kit (gel polishes)
What I don’t like about this product? Probably the removal part from my nails. But before harping on that, I’ll highlight that the confusion I felt with the thickness of the formula is all on me. I did not look up reviews or on what gel polishes are at all. I wanted to go into this experience as a full newbie and once I did I looked it up to clear up some questions I have that the instructions provided alone could not answer. For example, the gel polish formula is thicker than regular nail polish. I did not expect that or know, so I rushed myself through the process as I wanted it to cure correctly under the lamp in time. I was racing against the clock that I didn’t end up applying thin enough layers and I didn’t get to do much clean-up. The best time to do any clean-up with gel polishes is before curing under the lamp. The lamp sets everything up and it’s too late after that. So my fear of the gel polish drying out before getting to the lamp to cure is unnecessary. I also realized that I was applying too much gel polish in my rush to get to the next step when I looked up videos online on gel polish application. If you do end up trying out a gel polish kit, I strongly advice to watch a video that shows how much product actually goes on generally as it is much, much less than I originally thought. In my next application, I will take my time with it for a better result (as you are about to see below) so that I can apply the right amount (thinly!) and do clean-up as well. I haven’t performed the correct way to remove it from my nails yet but reading the instructions provided and looking it up online…..it’s a pain compared to regular nail polish. I did end up peeling one off from my nails gently (which is a no-no) and noticed that the nail looks and feels dry.
Here’s what it looks like a few days after my first attempt at using the gel polish kit. If you look closely you can see how shiny the red and pink shades are and the eggplant purple one looks matte. That is completely my fault as I applied too thick so it did not cure correctly even though it stayed on my nails nicely still. The eggplant purple shade just doesn’t have the same shiny finish as the other 2. Excuse the dry cuticles as this is a few days after application and I didn’t bother to make it look pretty before taking the picture.
Modelones Pink Lipstick Series Starter Kit – Gel Polish Kit (gel polish application)
You can get this kit (on sale right now) or any of their other kits or products on their website.
*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*