This is my guide/review for the Sensationail French Manicure Gel Nail starter kit.
I have wanted this gel nail kit for quite sometime now, from when I first saw it many months ago in Boots. However, the price put me off, as it retails at £69.99 from Boots.
For that price you do get quite a lot for your money. This is what you get in the kit:
Firstly the main products in the French Manicure kit you get:
- Gel Cleanser (which gets rid of any dirt on your nails before hand and also removes the moisture layer that curing causes at the end)
- Gel Primer (which primes for nails for the gel application)
- Gel Base and Top Coat
- White Gel Polish -> which is a bonus in this kit I got!
- BabyDoll Pink Gel Polish
As well as this you also get some application tools:
- Manicure Stick
- Nail File
- Lint Free Pads (for use with the Gel Cleanser)
- White Nail Tips (you get a lot of these but I am yet to use them)
As well as all this you get THE LED LAMP!
Moving on the use of the kit....
Remove all traces of previous nail polish.
File your nails to your desired shape, using the grey side of the nail and then GENTLY file the nail bed using the pink side of the file.
Use the Gel Cleanser on one of the Lint Free Wipes.
Use the Gel Primper over the nail in order to prepare the nails for the gel. You have to wait for this to air dry: at least a minute for this to dry although it tells you to wait only 15 seconds.
This is the first step of the Gels! Very exciting! Now you apply the Gel Base Coat thinly over the nail BUT most importantly you have to not get it on the cuticle or the surrounding skin, because it will cure (harden) on the skin. After you've applied it you then have to cure it (harden it) under the LED lamp for 30 seconds. You press the white button on the lamp to do this and it will beep when 30 seconds is up!
Next Is the Babydoll pink colour! Again just like the base coat you have to apply it thinly and careful not to touch the cuticle or the surrounding skin, but instead of 30 seconds you must wait 60s seconds. To do this you must press the button and wait for the light to turn itself off again (this means 60 seconds is up).
Reapply the Babydoll pink colour as before, just to make it more opaque.
Apply the White Gel colour ontop of the pink at the tips, again thinly and for 60 seconds. At this point you can also use the White Tip Stickers but I am yet to try those yet.
Reapply the White Gel Colour to the tips.
Now you've finished apply the Top Coat and cure for 30 seconds.
Use the Gel Cleanser and Lint Free Wipes to remove the moisture layer from the nails which is caused by curing.
Et Volia you've finished!
Optional: I applied Essie Appricot Nail Oil to my cuticles after application.
A beautiful Salon looking result!
I am so happy and proud of the results I've achieved after my first attempt at using this kit! It really does look like it is professionally done, however I am not qualified in nails.
I really think this kit is worth the money! It's salon qualify and you can also use normal polish with it too if you:
Do the first steps as normal - Paint on the base coat - cure as normal - apply polish colour - let it air dry - Paint on top coat - cure