December 17, 2018 04:10 PM | by Farida Abdel Malek
Yes, You Can Get the 'Gel Nails Look' Without UV/LED Light!
I think a lot of people think of gel nail polish's main advantage to be how long it lasts, which is very true, but not what particularly appeals to me because I get bored easily. I've always noticed a lot of women's nails at the salon looking very shiny and fresh and almost magazine cover-like and wondered why mine never looked like that, no matter how many layers of shiny top coat I use. Until I discovered it was because it was gel nail polish.
For me gel nails were a bit of a hassle because they need to be cured and can be a bit damaging to your nails after regular use. So I was pleasantly surprised to find out you can get gel nails without UV/LED light. I then started to notice in stores top coats that were titled Gel and that don't need LED light, a technology where the nail polish was of a thicker jelly like texture to give you that solid, shiny salon look to your nails. Some brands with these gel nail polish are Sally Hansen, Chanel, Essie, OPI, Revlon and a lot more...
After using a top coat like that for a while, and then going back to the regular one, the difference was outstanding. With Gel top coats or polish, your nails just look healthier, stronger with more dimension and roundness, and you can do it at home without having to buy a UV light lamp. For me, I have short nails so having that rise to my nails from the gel texture really helps give my nails a more chic look.
I also discovered a brand recently called Kinetics, they use solar gel and the finish is truly amazing. After using -at the salon- both their polish and top coat together, I found my manicure lasted a long time and stayed looking fresh and shiny. I bought 2 of their polishes and top coat and I now use them at home on my own. I did find, however, that their top coat doesn't work as well with other nail polishes, which they did specify that they are best used together.
It's been very hard for me to use regular nail polish now because I'm really impressed with how much of a difference gel makes. Don't you just love when you find something so simple at your disposal that can completely change how your nails look? Have you tried it out? What's your favorite brand? Tweet us so we can have a little chat!
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