I purchased this kit from CVS for $9.99. I originally went to get the KISS Lightning Speed Quick Dip Acrylic Kit but I didn’t want to spend close to $20. I saw this instead and despite the lack of review online, I decided to give it a try.
There are many positives with this kit.
- Price. The kit claims you can do 2 full manicures so you’re paying only $5 for a full set of GEL NAILS! You cannot beat that price anywhere.
- Ease of use. If you’ve ever used an at home nail kit before, you’ll have no problem with this. I think it’s simpler than the soak off gel systems where you have the builder gel and the hard gel. There are certainly more steps with those.
- Look of salon nails right at home.
- I suggest reading through the directions once through before starting.
- Putting the nail tips on at a 45 degree angle, applying from the nail bed to the tip, greatly reduces/eliminates the air pockets.
- Using a nail glue rather than the brush on gel helps the tips stick better.
- This is actually quite time consuming. I didn’t have a timer but it probably took me about 45 minute to 1 hour to complete both hands.
- Although the kit does not require the use of a lamp. I used a UV top coat and cured it under my lamp after completing my nails. I also cut my nails down pretty short and filed the sides for a more natural look.
- The directions are contradictory. In one step, the kit tells you to let the gel dry completely but the next step says, “while gel is still wet…..” 😕 I just let it “dry” for a few minutes before proceeding.
- This kit does not have a strong chemical odor at all but then again, gel typically does not.
- The brush on gel appears to be noting more than nail glue honestly, just a tad weaker/thinner.
- When I took a shower that night, I thought I ruined my nails because they were all wrinkly. I just smoothed out the wrinkles and they went back to normal. Not sure what that was all about.