I've heard about gel nail polish for a while now but when I saw how complicated the process was if you decided to use tips, that you needed to apply a base coat, gel color and top coat, wait for each to dry under a lamp, that some systems can cause up to $160.00, that you had to soak your nails to remove the polish and that each bottle of color/coat can cost up to $16.00 each (that's almost $48 for the base coat, gel color and top coat), there was no way as a student that I could afford the system.
The Haute Nail Polish Kit comes with an LED Talking Smart Setting Light (affectionately called 'Emily'), AC Adapter, Classic Red Polish Shade (0.35 oz), Remover Pockets, Cleaner & Finisher Wipes, Nail Buffer and Detailing Wands. You can turn talking 'Emily' off by simply holding the button on the lamp for 5 seconds. The lamp is timed and automatically turns off after the 60 second setting period. The kit is neatly packaged and promises fast, easy and beautiful gel nails in minutes. After using the product, this was true for me. The kit also promises to last up to 2 weeks without the need for a base or top coats for nails that are 500% shinier than regular nail polish and have a chip-free shine.
The One & Only Haute Nail Polish Kit
Clear Instructions with Pictures
I was lucky enough to win a Haute Polish System and a bottle of their Classic Red Haute Polish. This system only requires the use of the Haute Polish, a buffing stick, cleaner/finisher wipes and their LED Talking Smart Light to apply the gel color. The process is simple. So simple in fact that after watching a video on youtube and their instructions that come with pictures, I felt like a pro. As with all new things, it's good to use trial and error. I did and found it to be fun.
TIPS: I buffed my nails and wiped them with a cleaner wipe. I used the same cleaner wipe to remove the tacky film that is left on the nails after setting the nails under the LED lamp. I also applied three coats of polish to my nails. I applied a thin layer at first and then added two thicker layers. Each time I dried my nails under the LED lamp twice and wiped away the tacky film.Online this product has been getting some negative reviews. I was hesitant to write a review and didn't have to if I didn't like the product. Some complaints have been that the polish doesn't dry and still feels sticky. I think one of the fears that people had was after drying their nails under the lamp, the nails still felt sticky and they didn't want to wipe the nails with the cleaner wipe because the color might come off. I had the same fear until I used the cleaner wipe to wipe the sticky feeling off of each nail. There will be some color residue on the wipe but my nail color was fine and my nails did NOT feel sticky. The polish didn't completely wipe off. Again, WIPE OFF THE TACKY FILM AFTER DRYING!! I've had problems with regular nail polish coming off an hour after applying. I didn't have this problem.
Also, people have complained about the polish colors appearing brighter after application. This is true. Please keep this in mind. I think of gel nails as a plastic and as a result, the polish is expected to look brighter after setting. I was also okay with this.
REVIEW: Overall I was pleased with my nails. I thought they looked so cute and shiny (even in dim light). I couldn't stop going to look at them in brighter light. Yes, I applied three coats but I would prefer to do that as opposed to buying the top coat, base coat and gel color. The instructions also recommend applying a second or third coat to intensify colors and with regular polish I typically apply two coats. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to try additional colors and I am curious to see how long the color will last on my nails. I've never tried gel nails before so this is a first for me. The process was simple and fun especially for an evening of much needed alone time. I really like the look and feel of my nails. I will post updates on the nails. Please remember to seal the edges of your nails to avoid chipping.
Trying to catch the glossy look in better light.
Nails in Dim Light
Picture of finished nails (My camera doesn't capture how shiny my nails are.)
I want to thank Emily P-S for sending me the kit and the Luminess Air team. I wasn't paid to give a review but I loved the polish so much that I decided to write a review.
More information on the kit can be found on www.HautePolish.com or you can call (877) 384-0396. The site is user friendly and has videos, nail polish colors, FAQs, purchasing information and so much more!
What do you guys think of the nails? Have you all tried gel nails before? Which systems do you use? Which ones are you interested in? Don't be afraid to leave a comment below.