Are you like me; tired of acrylic nails but hate how your natural nails split, crack or polish chips five minutes after getting them painted? Now we have been introduced to gel nail polish. This polish is all the rage right now and it is a personal life savor for me.
This god send, gel nail polish, not only dries in minutes but last longer and is so shiny you’ll think your nails had bling! Have you tried this amazing new product yet? If not, you’re missing out. But let’s take a look at what some of the best gel nail polishes are and what this process entails.
The Best Nail Polish
The best nail polish that I have found is OPI. This polish does seem to last longer in the bottle without going bad. You know when you go to paint your nails and the color is so thick it barely comes out. Yikes!
Let’s face it, when you think in your head about the best nail polish does any one brand come to mind? Or do you think about the manicure that lasted the longest?
For me, it is about the manicure that lasted the longest. I have tried every type of nail polish and I’ve come to the realization that it is really about the person that applies it. That being said, when I apply my own nail polish it doesn’t last long because I can’t do a good job.
Sure, there are brands that are more high quality (OPI) and have better colors and more shine. They are a little more expensive but well worth it to have stylish looking nails.
What is the secret to long-lasting nail polish?
So, what is the secret to having long-lasting nail polish? I’ll tell you. The secret is having several coats of polish and super duper top coat. Now, if you are painting them yourself beware not to paint it on too thick.
The trick is applying several coats without getting it too thick. If you have can achieve this on your own then, congratulations!
I will be at the nail salon getting my nails done. 🙂
Gel Nail Polish Colors
One thing I love about OPI is that they too, like other brands we love, come out with new collections every season. Not only do they come out with new collections but they are tailored around fashion and what is trending.
OPI’s latest collection titled, Grease, is based upon the iconic movie musical. It is radical enough to have you thinking; your the one that I want!! LOL
Whether you’re looking for a pale pink, white or a bright teal these colors are electrifying. The other awesome thing about these colors is that OPI makes them in regular nail polish (for your toes) and in gel polish.
This is great for making sure your toes match your awesome new Grease color.
What about iconic Pop Culture for your nails? Yep, OPI has you covered here as well.
Pop Culture Collection
This fun new collection is infused with bubble-like translucent particles to give you a fun 3D effect. This collection is available in 6 shades but unfortunately not in gel colors.
Gel Nails at Home – Possibility?
Do you hate to go to the salon to get your nails done? Or do you hate to spend the money every couple weeks?
If so, you might be thinking about doing gel nails at home. After all it’s just nail polish right? – WRONG!
No, gel nail polish is different from regular nail polish. This is why a gel manicure is at least $10 more than a regular manicure.
It makes up for it by how long it lasts though; don’t you think? A regular manicure can only last two weeks. Gel manicure’s on the other hand, lasts for three weeks on average. The benefit to gel nails is that unlike natural nails they don’t split or break either.
If you are thinking about trying this process at home you need to be fully aware of what supplies you will need. This isn’t just a nail polish application but it isn’t acrylic either.
Gel Nail Supplies – What you Need to get Started
To get started doing gel nails at home here is a list of supplies you will need.
- Acetone for removing the gel nail polish
- Cotton Balls or Pads for removing color
- Nail Bond
- Cuticle Oil
- Base Coat
- Top Coat
- Gel Polish
- UV Light
Remember, that is just a list for polishing your nails correctly, with gel polish. To do a proper manicure you will also want to have:
- Cuticle nippers
- Nail Clippers
- Orangewood sticks
- Nail file
There are some nail kits do get you started with this new venture. These nail kits will run you from $40 all the way up into $300 – $400. I suggest before you take the plunge making sure you are happy with the way your nails look when you do them.
For me this is a no-go. I can only paint my nails to get me by in between manicures. For this reason alone, I always make sure to have polish and top coat on hand.
In conclusion when you get a gel manicure it lasts for 3 weeks over your typical 2 weeks tops. The gel manicure dries much faster in the salon or when using the UV light at home.
The best nail polish colors and gel polish, is by far OPI. There product last longer, has more shine and doesn’t chip like some of their cheaper counter parts.
To do your own gel nails at home you will need some kind of starter kit to get going. The starter kits are available in a wide range of prices. You’ll want to do some due diligence on these starter kits before making your investment.
As always, I hope you have enjoyed this article regarding the best nail polish. I would love to hear what you are using for polish. Do you have a favorite brand that you love? Tell us about it below!