Review: Gel nails home kit

Hi Glamifys,

It’s been a while and just wanted to let you know that I had ventured into doing DIY gel nails.


Basically, gel nails are e longer lasting alternative to regular nail polish and acrylic. Here are the pros n cons for me:

– very long lasting, chip proof for more than 2 weeks if applied properly
– color does not fade and glitters stay vibrant and shiny
– easy maintenance since it usually lasts about 1 month or if ur nail grows fast, u might be fidgeting to get a new set.
– initial investment to DIY kits r pricey but in e long run, very worth it. Will get into cost shortly
– although it dries e nails out, e nail can recover faster vs acrylic nails
– gradient nails for some reason looks prettier with gel vs regular polish
– u can build a longer nail without using ready-made plastic tips ( not doing this process ATM cuz its pretty complicated plus! I like shorter nails )
– u can add pretty 3d gel embellishments that gives u e Japanese cute cult following kind of nail art
– any excess gel can be buffed away and a top coat added to bring back e shine
– most gels r self levelling so u don’t need to worry about bumps n pot holes 🙂 haa

– some designs that u can do with regular polish cannot be done with gel eg konads, water marbling
– u can add that to ur gel design but it might be costly ( for marbling since gel cost more) or e regular polish will bleed once gel is added on top of it (konad)
– since it’s a long term manicure, u have to pick a design tt u can stare at for 1 month without having e urge to change them every few days
– gel nails take more accuracy than regular polish since gel should not touch e cuticles or surrounding skin. It might tug e skin as e nail grows longer
– might be pricey so u need to be committed to have more gel mani vs regular mani just so tt it doesn’t go to waste.
– time taken to do gel is probably an hour vs regular that takes half hour

– crazy expensive. Haa but worth it in my opinion.
– regular polish like faceshop ($2.90) or opi ($10-23) vs gel ($28 each or 2 for $48)
– uv lamp usually ranges from 30 odd to 80$ more expensive if e lamp is big n deep enuf for pedi too
– pure acetone needed (including aluminum foils for soak off)
– if u compare e quality n durability of e manicure, e gel’s price is reasonable
– gel cleanser (about 20-30$) , lint free wipes ( i use regular paper towels to wipe sticky excess gel), nail file (10$ from opi) that is quite rough is needed for application n removal of gel
– white block for sanding down uneven nails too

Just FYI, head down to far east plaza to get e best deals. I made a mistake by going to enamour beauty at Bugis market street 2 nd floor n given that they r e onli shop there, they monopolize n charge very high compared to their branch at far east which has to be competitive due to e amount of shops selling similar stuff. Just an eg, I bought gel nails at Bugis for 2@$55 whereas far east ( same enamour shop) 2@$48.80

Pissed me off after I bought so much at Bugis onli to realize tt far east is cheaper! Haha so please don’t make e same mistake as I did

E enamour beauty at far east is located at 14 Scotts road far east plaza #04-53b

I will do a tutorial for gel nails in e next post so u can see what r e basics u will need to purchase to get started :p

Have a great Monday!


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Categories: Manicure & Pedicure


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One Comment on “Review: Gel nails home kit”

  1. August 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    I savor, result in I found just what I was having a look for. You’ve ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye


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