Due to the lack of authentic Japanese gel manicures in the Chicago area, UV gel nails have always been one of those things I love but can’t ever get enough of – literally! Which is why I finally decided to splurge on Nail & Harmony’s Gelish, one of the first soak-off gel systems.
Hand & Nail Harmony Gelish Soak-Off Gel System
I got the basics which included:
Gelish pH Bond – to be used prior to application by prepping the nail as a dehydrating step.
Gelish Foundation Base Gel – base coat.
Gelish Soak-off Top It Off Sealer Gel – top coat.
Gelish Structure Clear Gel – a clear gel that can be used on its own or to help strengthen thin, weak nails.
Gelish Gel Cleanser – removes any sticky residue from the gel after you have cured them.
along with 4 Gelish Soak-off Gel Nail Polishes:
Sleek White is a matte white which goes on pretty opaque so you can create the perfect French tip with just 1 coat.
Light Elegant is a nude pink with fine shimmer. It applies semi-sheer and shows up a very light pink that is beautiful as a base.
June Bride is a medium pink with chunky glitter. It is the sheerest out of the bunch and takes at least 2 coats for the pink to show up completely. Katy Perry also wore this color at the Teen Choice Awards in 2010.
Gossip Girl is a hot pink that is loud and super opaque.
Gelish Soak Off Gel Polishes in Sleek White, Light Elegant, Gossip Girl, and June Bride
Gelish Sleek White
Gelish Light Elegant
Gelish June Bride
Gelish Gossip Girl
The instructions were simple to follow and application was a breeze. Unlike the old school gels like the IBD I had, the Gelish products (except the Structure Clear Gel) all come with a twist cap and brush applicator so you can apply just like regular nail polish. They also apply thinly and evenly and can be cured under both UV and LED lights. The generic 45-watt UV lamp I got from Amazon works great with them.
30 minutes later, I got my first DIY Gelish Soak-Off Gel manicure on both hands. I used Light Elegant as a base and June Bride on the tips.
Wearing Gelish Light Elegant and June Bride
Although the gradation effect I was going for didn’t show up the way I wanted – which by the way, was totally due to my lack of experience – I am still very happy with the results. My nails looked shiny and smooth with zero bubbles, just like what you would get at the salon. The manicure also lasted a good two weeks with no lifting, peeling or chipping and it made my nails stronger and less prone to breakage and biting (thank God!)
Removing the gel was equally painless. Unlike the previous gel manicures I had at various salons, not a bit of filing or prying was required. All I did was soak a cotton pad with acetone, wrap it around my nail, add foil over it, wait 10 minutes and the gel came off easily with zero damage to my nails.
Overall, I LOVE the Hand & Nail Harmony Gelish Soak-Off Gel system! Yes the start-up cost can be a little high (I spent almost $200 on everything), but it is a great investment and a few manicures is all I need to get my money’s worth. Not to mention each Gelish polish can do up to 50 to 60 full sets so a bottle will last you quite some time.
I will definitely be picking up more colors so I can further experiment!
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