Gelcure Soak Off Gel Polish: Swatch & Review

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Hi loves!
Tonight I have a swatch and review of a product I've not featured on the blog before, a soak-off gel polish from Gelcure! I'm trained to provide gel manicures as part of my Nail Technology VTCT and do occasionally pop a gel polish on myself too so I was eager to try out a different brand to the one I trained with and use professionally...
For the record, I don't recommend you do gel manicures on yourself without proper training (there is real science and an art behind this stuff peeps), but there are so many at-home gel products on the market these days unfortunately it's inevitable and I can only try to advise and inform...

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To prep for this mani I did thorough cuticle work, lightly buffed and dehydrated the nail plate. I then did one base coat and cured for two minutes. I followed with three thin coats of this lovely shimmering blue, curing in a UV lamp for two minutes in between coats and for four minutes on the final turn because dark colours tend to cure a little slower than light or sheer ones. I finished with one topcoat curing one last time for two minutes and finished by removing the tacky layer with cleanser.

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I was really pleased with the quality of this polish. It applied well in thin layers, self-levelling quite nicely with no run-off - it literally stayed where I put it which is great, though a little thicker than I usually find ideal. It was also so smooth that it required no buffing to even out or add shine at the end. The colour and shimmer are very nice indeed and the mani stood up to plenty of chores etc with no chips.

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Gelcure: Base Coat, Colour 150, Top Coat

I removed this polish after a few days by first of all giving the surface of the gel a light file to break the seal. I then soaked cotton balls in acetone and held them on to each nail with tin foil strips. I left the nails to soak for ten to fifteen minutes and then squeezed & pulled the little foil/cotton bundles from my fingers to remove almost all the gel in one swoop. I removed any excess bits with a clean cotton ball soaked in acetone and gave my nails an oil.

Would you like to see more gel mani's and nail art on the blog?

Rebecca x

 *the featured product was sent to me FOC for honest review*

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