Is it worth it to get gel polish setup for my nails instead of lacquer? And if so, what brands and kind of setup? I see some that don't require UV and some that do.
Nail Polish recommendation, a bit long
@ceralor I use the Sally Hansen line of gel polish called Miracle Gel.
They have a good range of colors, but it does require you to get a topcoat (though you can get a cheap, gel-like topcoat). And it doesn't require an UV light
Personally, i like gel polish since it just generally looks better whenever i use it when i wear false nails.Tho they can be a little bit pricey-ish to me. (the bottles run like $7 USD, depending where you get it from tho)
But god they are a pain to get off sometimes, you'll have to use 100% acetone to get it off
Nail Polish recommendation, a bit long
@jinxies I'm using OPI right now with the base and top coats,and it looks good, but maybe I'll look that way. I'm just using my natural nails, and my thumb nail is really messed up in how it grows, so hiding that is helpful.
@ceralor I've been meaning to try OPI since their black polish looks like it might be good
But I hope it'll work out for you 💖
@ceralor I'll roll out Pinky's party cannon to say YES to gels. ^_^
The big benefit, of course, is they last - basically you'll be redoing them only because you want a new color/combination, or the nail growth is making things a bit obvious. In my case, that means redoing them about every fortnight. No fraying, though I will occasionally get a flake come off, usually in the same spot (the thumb-edge of either index finger. Go figure), maybe once per set. Other than that, they look and feel as new all the time.
There are also some pretty nifty color effects available - one of my favorites is NeoNail's "Falling Star", where the glittery particles change hue with the angle. Even in a still, it looks good.
Downside: it does take time. Typically, I'll apply their "hard base", then a base color (here, ORLY's "Liquid Vinyl", a luscious black polish), then the effect - Falling Star, here - and finally their "hard top". Each of the three UV gel layers needs a couple minutes curing, as thumbs, left fingers, right fingers.
Similarly, getting it off takes time, but that's easier. =:) You use little foil wraps with cotton pads inside, which you dampen with acetone, and leave on the fingernails for.. eh, the instructions said 15 mins, but I usually go lazy and leave them about 45 mins, doing one hand at a time.
My gels have all been NeoNail, apparently based in Poland, so far, and I've been delighted with them. ^_^
@porsupah Oh dang! I'm only going for a simple espresso-brown color, with a shiny glossy finish, for me! It matches my sona's claws, and it looks fun and striking in a leisurely way. Plus the call center staff at my office have generally complimented it when noticing!
@ceralor Oh, that's no problem either. I just love experimenting. =:) NeoNail (and all the others) make a huge range of solid hues as well.
And yes, that's another great point with gels - they stay perfectly glossy. ^_^
(Also helpful if you've got nails prone to cracking - done like this, the nails wind up nicely reinforced, either stopping that cracking occurring, or at least shoring them up so the gel keeps everything together anyway)
I just use a cheapo lamp - there are plenty of better (brighter, more LEDs for better coverage) ones, but eh, this one works. ^_^
@porsupah I dunno if they're prone to cracking, exactly, but one is thin and grows weird. But yeah the gloss might be nice, it wears down slightly from the wear-and-tear of just existing, living, working, for me, heh!
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