First of all thank you so much to Marthe for letting me write on her blog, and second of all I hope you guys enjoy this post!
- XOXO Tina (tina_tech) :)
(E)For my birthday I got the Depend GelLack startkit, and I was so excited! I didn’t know much about gellack, only that it was supposed to last for a long time… In the startkit there is a base and top gellack, and before/after cleaner, it also has a LED-lamp. The gellack (colors) has to be bought separate and I got French Pink with my gift.
I love doing my nails, and get bored easily with my manis, so the idea of having the same mani for 7-21 days wasn’t appealing. However I had heard that using gellack as a base for “normal” polish worked great, and that’s what I wanted to do.
Depend has posted a great tutorial on how to apply the gellack (it’s in swedish, but you get the point):
The video explains it very well, but I would like to add one thing: Apply the gellack very carefully! You can’t clean up the gellack after it’s been hardened by the lamp, so spend the extra time beeing thorough, and you’ll be a happy camper in the days to come. :)
After wearing gellack for almost two weeks now I have to say I love it! My nails hasn’t broken once (!) and if I don’t have the time to do my nails, I still have a great base so I don’t have to go out with nekkid nails ;).
On the product homepage it says it lasts up to 3 weeks, well that hasn’t been the case for me. Some of the nails started peeling after approximately 4 days, and this is where I made a HUGE mistake! Usually when I wear regular polish I pick it off when it starts to peel (it’s not great for my nails, but it’s not that damaging), however when I started picking on the gellack, the top layer of my nail came off with it, so here is the bottom line: NEVER EVER PICK OFF THE GELLACK!
The middle finger is peeled off, and the three others are removed correctly. (don’t you just love stained nails?)
Instead; use the correct method that I used on the three other nails; File off the surface of the gellack, wrap them in aluminium foil and cotton pads soaked in nailpolish remover with acetone, pure acetone or gellack remover for 15 min. The gellack gets all squishy and peels off when you scratch it (make sure you don’t scratch hard directly at the nail).
The conclusion: I LOVE GELLACK, just make sure you remove it correctly! :)
Have you tried gellack? Do you agree with my experiences?