At-Home Gel Nail Polish Kit Review

At-Home Gel Nail Polish Kit ReviewI am SO excited to share this at-home gel nail polish kit review because it’s a product I am truly LOVING! I was a little hesitant at first about the price of the kits on the market (starting at about $60) and if it would truly last up to 14 days. But let me tell you, it has surpassed my expectations. I am a gel manicure convert!!

I purchased the Sephora by OPI Gelshine system (retails for $159) but was hesitant on the price so I found an only-used-once kit on eBay for half the price. While I started out with the OPI kit, I have used gel polishes from Red Carpet Manicure and gelish, so the polishes and light/kits are basically interchangeable.

The process of applying gel polish is really no different than regular nail color. There’s a base coat, 2 layers of color, then a top coat. The only thing different is the use of the 30-second LED light inbetween each coat. It doesn’t take more than 15 minutes per hand from start to finish and as soon as the top coat has cured, your nails are COMPLETELY DRY. No joke, completely dry! You won’t be able to smudge then or scratch them. It’s so amazing not to have to be worried about messing up my nails. I have to be honest, I still catch myself walking around like I have wet nails afterwards!

Keep reading to check out how it’s done…

At-Home Gel Nail Polish Kit Review - Step 1 PrepAt-Home Gel Nail Polish Kit Review - Step 2 BasecoatAt-Home Gel Nail Polish Kit Review - Step 3 ColorAt-Home Gel Nail Polish Kit Review - Step 4 Top Coat CleanseAnd now for the finished product & how my nails looked after 14 days (YES, they lasted 14 days!!)…

At-Home Gel Nail Polish Kit Review - Day 1At-Home Gel Nail Polish Kit Review - Day 7At-Home Gel Nail Polish Kit Review - Day 14

Pretty crazy, right?!!!? Normally I wouldn’t walk around with my nails looking like this (all in the name of beauty research!) but truthfully, the only part that looks bad is the new nail growth. The rest of the polish is virtually the same as day one! This is after 2 weeks of typing, cleaning, yard work, hand washing dishes, and a million other little things that usually ruin a manicure after just a few days.

And did you notice the shine my nails still had after 14 days? Gel manicures have this amazing shine that lasts for the whole 14 days. It’s better than any top coat I’ve ever used.

I know some people have commented on the difficulties they’ve had with removing the gel polish, but my experience has been nothing but easy. I will say though, that they may have been using the soak-off removal method and to me (although I haven’t used it) it seems like a pain in the ass. Who would want to sit with their hands in a bowl of remover for 20 minutes?!?

Using wraps (these ones came with the Sephora Gel Kit) or the foil technique makes things a lot easier & you can still continue to do things around the house. I’m kinda cheap, so I like to wrap 2 or 3 nails at a time and then reuse those same wraps on the rest of my nails. Gel polish doesn’t come off like regular nail polish, so the pads are basically clean (and already soaked with remover) when I put them on the next nail.

At-home gel nail polish kit review - Removal
In all honesty, this At-Home Gel Manicure Kit may be one of my best beauty purchases. The upfront cost of purchasing the kit may be a bit daunting but the initial basecoat, top coat, cleanser, LED light, and other tools will last for many, many, manicures and the continued expense will really be the purchase of new polishes. From the brands I’ve researched, prices range from $10 to $17, which is pretty much in line with any polish from Ulta or Sephora. But… this polish lasts up to 14 days!!!

There are many companies making gel polishes now. Sally Hansen, OPI, Sephora by OPI, Finger Paints, Orly, Red Carpet Manicure, and Gelish are the ones I’m aware of, but I’m sure there are other brands out there and many more to come.

If you’re a fan of at-home gel polish, I’d love to know any tips, tricks, or favorite polish colors. If you haven’t tried at-home gels yet, I’d be happy to answer any questions!

**This review is not sponsored in any way. I’m a huge fan of this at-home gel kit and wanted to share my beauty discovery with you!**

7 thoughts on “At-Home Gel Nail Polish Kit Review

  1. This product is fabulous. This is my second bottle so far and since I tried RCM gel polish back in the fall of 2012…I will never use regular nail polish again! I have brittle nails that always break so I can never grown them out but this product keeps my nails strong and helps grow them out 🙂 If you are thinking about buying the RCM gel products…DO IT …. You won’t be disappointed.

      1. I’m a little overwhelmed with all of the choices of brands out there. Is there one brand you think I should start with? Which one is your favorite? Please help this busy mama make a choice so I can be pretty too! Thanks!

        1. I agree, there are SO many brand out now! Like I said, I started with the OPI for Sephora kit. But really I would just look into a starter kit that fits into your budget. Target, walmart, and any beauty store will carry them. Once you have the starter kit, you can branch out and basically purchase nail color from any brand you like. Doesn’t have to be the same as the starter kit. Hope this helps!

  2. I have found that using one coat of a regular gel color and one coat of their sparkle color looks great and gives some depth to the polish that is a nice change from just the plain polish. I also found that you can embellish the polish with rhinestones etc before you put on the final layer (this is with the gelish brand) and you don’t have the stones popping off after a few days.

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