Last time I had a gel manicure, I was tight on funds so I had to remove the stuff myself. If you've ever tried this, you probably know what a PITA it can be. I filed down the shiny part and put soaked cotton balls held by tin foil on my fingertips and waited, waited, waited. After half an hour I still had to scrape the crap off my nails. It took forever and was somewhat uncomfortable. I much prefer spending $10 for someone else to take it off. Anyway, the wonderful thing about a gel manicure is how smooooooth and shiiiiiiiny your nails are! I just love it. They also feel a bit thick, notice that? I just love how a gel manicure feels and looks. Thus started my quest for an at home faux gel manicure.
You may have seen DIY Gel Manicure instructions from Pinterest, which is how I found Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat. I attempted the DIY Gel Manicure. It's still not as awesome as a real gel manicure, but it does come satisfyingly close enough.
First, you're going to need this:
So, the Pinterest directions tell you to vary the time between coats. You paint on the Gelous, then your nail polish, then the Gelous, then nail polish, then your top coat (NOT Gelous). BFF Google told me right away not to use Gelous as a top coat because it will stay sticky. It's meant as a base coat. So. Fair warning to you. On my first attempt I timed all my coats according to the Pinterest directions, but I found that if you don't wait until your polish is dry to the touch, then put Gelous on top, the Gelous gets all .... smeary. Like when you put on your top coat too soon and the brush tip gets tainted with your polish color. I painted the next coat when the previous coat was dry to the touch. So do that. Also make sure to cap your tips like they do at the salon. This really does help prevent chips!
I wanted a nice slick shiny top coat, but I also wanted to make sure the shine would last more than a couple of days (like how some top coats wear off), so I picked up Orly Polishield from Ulta:
Another perk of this, besides not needing a UV lamp, is everything comes off with nail polish remover. You don't need a chisel or any other special tools to get it off. Bam! Try it!