My local nail salon started carrying a line of gel nail polishes a few months back. I took the plunge and tried the gel polish for my wedding. I went with a french manicure.
The low down: the gel polish is so pretty. The gel colors are extra glossy and the colors are all bold. The manicure lasts about two weeks, though I am noticing that the darker solid colors can last up to three weeks. One of my favorite features of the semi-permanent paint – once you have stuck your hands under the UV light, there is no chance of chipping, smudging, or any potential oops. I purse dive for my cell phone the second my gel manicure is finished (in the salon chair).
The pros: Long-lasting, fabulous, and hypoallergenic! Nails stay gorgeous and grow healthy and strong beneath the polish over the two to three week period.
The cons: Sometimes the actual paint can crack – but that seems to run more true in the lighter colors. As your nails grow out, nail beds start to show, and the polish is best removed back at the salon. (Note to self: must avoid peeling the polish off with my teeth.) Also, the salon-only service is a tad pricier than a regular manicure.
This week I went with Shadow Black…