Today, I'm venturing into the world of gel nails! It's something I've wanted to try for a while and SensatioNail kindly sent me this starter kit to try. The starter kit contains everything you need for 10 complete manicures (or pedicures!) and costs £60-69.99 - so that works out at less than £7 per manicure. When you compare that to going to a salon, you pay anything from £15-£35 so it's a huge saving. The kit contains gel cleanser, gel primer, colour gel polish (there are a choice of colours available in the kit form, and extras available separately), and gel top and base coat. You also get a file/buffer, lint free wipes, cuticle stick and of course the Pro 3060 LED lamp and instructions.
My first impression when I opened the package was how dinky it is! For me this is a huge plus - it's easy to store, wont take up a lot of space and there isn't a huge load of stuff everywhere - perfect for a home kit. It fits snugly in my nail art draws without taking up a bucketload of space and is easy to get out when I need it. I did wonder if it would be big enough for a pedicure, but as you can see below (yes, feet pictures! You have been warned!) there was plenty of room! The instructions are clear and precise, and really pretty foolproof. Firstly, you wipe your bare nail with the cleanser and a lint free wipe, and then leave to air dry. Then you use the primer in a circular motion around the nail and air dry again. This doesn't take long - by the time I'd done the second foot the first was dry. Then you paint a coat of the base coat, and cure for 30 seconds. The lamp is really clever, it beeps to tell you when 30 seconds is up and turns itself off after the 60 seconds needed for the colour coats. Two coats of colour, with 60 seconds curing each time and then a top coat, cured again for 30 seconds. After that, you need to wipe a sticky layer off with cleanser and a lint free wipe again and you're done! I'm going to post a full tutorial (on my hands!) too, so you can see how easy it is.
I can tell I'm going to get a lot of use out of this kit. Obviously it wont replace my regular polish collection, but I definitely think it's going to be my new pedicure solution, and my preferred option for nights out and special occasions. If it lasts as well on my fingers as it does on my toes, I will be a happy bunny! I have a much needed night out next weekend, and am planning a gel manicure for the occasion and I'll update you then, and also talk about removal. And I'm hopefully going to try some nail art in another post too - I can't resist! Apparently you can use regular polish over your gel manicure if you want to switch it up, and then remove it with non-acetone polish remover, so I'll definitely give that a try!
SensatioNail products are available at Asda, Tesco, Boots (in-store and online) and www.sensationail.co.uk, so you can pick one up with your shopping! Seriously though, if you have gel nails done at a salon, this would be a great, money saving alternative. You can also buy SensatioNail polish (in loads of colours and finishes) and a gel polish essentials kit, for when you need more cleanser, primer, and base and top coat.
All in all, my first impressions of this product has been nothing but positive and I'm looking forward to seeing what else I can do with it!
The product featured was a PR sample provided to me for free for review consideration. All opinions expressed are my own and 100% honest. Please see my disclaimer in the tab above for further details.