--update 10/14/2011-- it's been 3 days and I only have one tiny little chip on my pointer finger! I would call this a success! :)
One of the largest problems in my life is chipped nail polish. Okay, okay. . . not the largest. . . but it's a major problem. I spend a lot of time almost everyday washing hair, so wet nails=chipped nails. Plus, the days I'm not washing my clients hair, I'm usually crafting and that can lead to chipped nails too.
So when I saw this package for Homemade Gel Nails, I was thrilled! I've paid to have both shellac and axxium applied to my nails, and that was wonderful, but I don't have the time to maintain it, nor the interest in paying for the maintenance.
So I bought the package, followed the directions, and was not very impressed with the results. My nails were tacky and not very shiny. Now there is a good chance this could have very well been user error because I did it sort of quickly.
When I went to remove the tacky polish, I definitely needed to soak my nails in acetone nail polish remover (like the package said) to remove the gel. So I learned two things: 1. the "gel" part of this system definitely works. 2. have acetone nail polish remover on hand (I looked for it at 4 different stores!).
I though to myself, I wonder if I did a base coat of the 5 Minute Gel Polish as "base coat" and then polished my nails as usual if I would have better results.
So here is what I did:
Grab the 5 Minute Gel Polish from the package.
Get a base coat and nail polish ready. I love Essie 3-way glaze and OPI Tickle My Francey.
1. Apply 1 thin (but enough for coverage) coat of 5 Minute Gel Polish.
2. Apply Base Coat (1 coat of 3 way glaze).
3. Apply 2 coats of colored polish.
4. Finish with a coat of 3 way glaze.
And here was my finished result:
Greige (grey+beige=greige) colored nails that dried in about 10 minutes!
(while the lighting makes my nails look see-thru, they don't look like that in real life)
So I'll keep you posted. I have a feeling this is going to work like a charm!
Now here is my warning: if you try this, know that you'll definitely need 100% acetone to remove the polish (if you do it the correct way, or my "trial run" way). It works best to soak a few cotton balls in acetone and let them sit on your nails (about 4 minutes) to break down the gel. Then have a cuticle pusher on hand to push off the gel. There is a chance you might scratch your nail bed which could lead to peeling nails in the near future. So just know, that this is an intense process and might mess up your natural nail slightly. Or it might not. You never know!