As you all know my main objective for january was to take care of my nails a bit! I’ve actually been very good, using Nail Envy all the time and keeping the polish looking nice (albeit doing them about once a week, but it’s an improvement on my previous form!).
I get a little frustrated with the life of polish though, it only ever lasts 3-4 days on me regardless of base coat/top coat/chip skip etc so as an after Christmas treat (am I the only person who does that?) I decided to buy a cheap but interesting looking soak off gel-polish kit from ebay. If you search there are hundreds of varieties and kits containing all sorts of different stuff but, as I am a newbie to this kind of thing, I opted for a reasonably cheap one.
This was from Butterflybeauty168 and cost me a measly £11.57 including postage from the UK. For that amount I thought it was worth a shot at least! In the kit came:
- 6 way nail file/buffer
- cuticle nippers
- cuticle pusher
- toe seperators
- cuticle il
- base primer
- non-sticky top coat
- 6 nail colours
I absolutely adored the selection of nail colours and, after doing a lot of research, came to the conclusion that if the base/top coat were utter rubbish then I could at least splash out on a branded version (CID, Bluesky etc…) and still use the actual colours (it seems that those high end base/top coats can also be used with standard nail polish!).
If you find yourself getting on with this kit you can also just buy packs of six colours for £7.45, which saves on buying all the other stuff all the time.
Some of the feedback for this seller is horrific, normally that would be enough to put me off but I didn’t actually look until after I had bought it and to be fair to them it seems they ship so much stuff that they are bound to have complaints. The complaints range from delivery time (mine arrived 11 days before the estimated date) and issue with product quality, such as the top coat bubbling or just not setting at all. Having read the complaints I cannot find a single review about these Mild East products in either blog or vlog form, it’s all just one liners in the ebay feedback system.
Anyway, I had a little go of this today and I can honestly say, apart from me being an unqualified first-timer, I haven’t had a single issue. It took me a while to realise that the base coat was never going to completely dry (I don’t know if this is normal) but it retained a slight tackiness until the colour went on. Once I’d done my 2 coats of colour, curing them under the UV lamp for slightly longer than recommended everything was fine. I didn’t experience any bubbling of the top coat and the whole thing looks pretty smooth and glossy on my nails (albeit a bit messy, like I said; I’m new). I got a little of the product onto the surrounding nail and had heard about all sorts of contra-indications but it came off easily enough and I haven’t experienced any pain or discomfort with it.
Only time will tell if it’s durable enough to truly be worth the effort (I got through 2 episodes of Friends faffing about with this!) so I will post a follow up blog in a few days!
Edit: I thought it would be worth adding to the end of this, as my sister in law came around yesterday and also had a little try. She wizzed through and had both sets of nails done in half the time that it took me. The nails ended looking lovely with only one minor problem, a tiny bubble on her pinky nail (which I presume no one would notice unless you pointed it out). Seen as it’s only happened on one nail, I think it is because of the speed in which she applied them and the general rush (I was much more determined to get mine perfect). So I don’t think it’s a fault with the item.
I really love this colour (it’s more of a salmon/coral pink than it appears on the photographs) and will be amazing for summer. In fact, I love all of the colours in the kit and, as long as these stay put for the best part of a week, I’ll definitely be buying more.
I’m had mine on for a full 24 hours now and still no complaints. I shall be getting a bath in a bit and think this may be the first sign of peeling! But I shall let you all know.