There are a few different kits out there on the market from low end to higher end.
I really love gel nails I get at the salon…but I am pretty lazy about getting TO the salon, and by the time I need to get them done again, it’s pretty much a guarantee that I have picked them until my nails are damaged.
So I thought getting the kit to do at home would be a great idea, plus I like doing my nails…
Well, besides being a incessant picker, I am also cheap. The Gel kit that I want the most is a tad pricey. I know it would save me money in the long run, but common sense isn’t a language that I am fluent in.
So I started on the low end…with Sally Hansen InstaGel Strips Starter Kit, which retails at around $30 for the starter kit. The strips themselves cost around $13, which I think is a little expensive for a one-time application, but I went ahead and tried it.
I’ve tried, with pretty good success, the Sally Hansen Nail Strips in the past. So I was fairly confident in these.
Here’s what comes in the box…
I read the instructions thoroughly before beginning the process, making sure to clean my nails completely before applying. Even I know that nails with any amount of oil on them is basically the death of a gel manicure!
You clean your nails, file and buff them, carefully apply the strips, as you do with the regular strips. The strip application process is a tad tricky, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a breeze.
Once the strips are applied, you coat you nails one by one with the gel coat and set it with the LED light.
The mini LED light was pretty cute, and set the gel perfectly. Once you’re done, the kit comes with a wipe, to clean the gel and make your nails shiny.
I chose the kit with the very nude pink….which I have found is far less forgiving than a colored strip! You would think the opposite, but the clear strip shows every mistake and imperfection in your nail.
My plan was to take a picture of my nails on the 3rd day of the manicure, and then every 2 days following to show you how they held up.
After 2 days they had started peeling off…and in my world, when one starts to peel it becomes an obsession for me to get them all off.
The kit claims that they will last 2 weeks…well, that was not my experience.
The gel strips lasted less time than the regular polish strips, which are less expensive, take less time to apply and come in a ton of colors and fun patterns.
Anyhow…it was $30 for a 2 day manicure.
I’d love to hear if you have a favorite at-home gel kit…
*Also, I am not a professional nail lady, I bought this product on my own, hoping for great results. All opinions are my own own, based on this single experience.