I was pretty excited to try on the Pink Gellacs that I’ve recently received. I usually don’t reach for UV/LED cured polishes but I can definitely see a place for them in my stash. Think summer vacation, think constantly shiny nails, think perfect manicures that dry in minutes. Yes, it only takes about three and a half minutes in total for these polishes to cure, from the base to the shiny top coat!
Let’s take a look at the application. The Pink Gellac series works differently from regular polishes, because you need a LED-lamp to cure the manicure.
The LED-lamp, the base and the shiny topcoat are all included in a kit. You can also find a nail polish included, a primer, a nail file and some removal pads.
The application is simple.
- Buff your nails and clean them thoroughly making sure that no oils are left. Apply the primer on your nail tips and let it dry for 15 sek.
- Apply the base making sure that you stay away from your cuticles. The instructions tell us to leave a 1mm gap in between the cuticles and the base. That’s about what I usually do with regular polishes too.
- Cure the base for no more than 15 seconds. The surface will be tacky but just ignore that.
- Apply a thin coat of nail polish. This coat will need to be cured for 60 seconds. Ignore the fact that the nails feel tacky this time too.
- Apply a second thin coat of polish and cure it for another 60 seconds.
- Apply the topcoat and cure it for 60 seconds. The topcoat will set all the layers “drying” up the manicure and leaving an amazingly shiny surface!
- There you have it! It’s just as simple as that! The Pink Gellac’s wear time is supposed to be two weeks but I haven’t tried that yet.
Pink Gellac Army Green
I really enjoyed the shade of Army Green. The name of this polish is also in accordance to the color which is always a good thing. This polish took a couple of thin coats to reach opacity. I strongly think that when it comes to gellac polishes applying thin coats is the way to go.
I think I need to say a couple of words about this LED-lamp because it has some features that I really enjoyed. The cure-time for the polishes is 60 seconds and the lamp has a timer built in. After you have applied your polish, place your hand into the lamp (I was able to cure the four fingers at once with this lamp) and press the button placed on top of the lamp. After 30 seconds, the lamp will beep, letting you know that you are half-way through the curing process. If you are curing the base, that 30 seconds beep means that you can now remove your hand from the lamp. After the next 30 seconds, the lamp turns itself off, so you won’t over-expose your nails. Now that’s a feature that I love!