I love gel nail polish. I love that it lasts longer than regular polish, it takes approx 8 minutes to paint and dry. I can wash dishes right after I am done painting, it’s the perfect deal, I think.
Except for the fact that the polish is about 2x more than regular polish, and what about all those beloved Essie colors I have purchased. I am sure the price tag amounts in the hundreds (confession of a shopaholic) So a week ago I decided to try mixing my two loves.
I posted here that I used regular Essie polish and then the gel top coat to seal it. I got several requests to explain how I did it. It really isn’t a tutorial that will change your life, but if you are like me, you want to see results and the products used. That way you have someone to blame when it doesn’t work out!
Cast of the show:
UV/LED Lamp / Gel Top Coat / Regular Nail Polish / Acetone / Isopropyl Alcohol / Cotton Ball / Brush to clean mistakes
I have two top coats, I prefer this brand, It’s a little more forgiving, also is a thiner consistency. Essie- enuff is enuff
1st step: Clean your nails, file to your preferred length, use some isopropyl on a cotton ball and clean the tops of your nails- You want to make sure you remove all oils on the nails.
Start painting you nails with the color of your choice!
I always make mistakes, thats what the Pure Acetone is for, and this cute nifty bottle I recently got. I used to pour the acetone in the cap from the bottle, but I have two HUGE stains in my dining room table from it spilling and eating away at the lacquer 🙁 This bottle allows me to pump a tiny bit at a time and dip the brush into it, then I clean my edges, cuticles and sometimes my finger!
After you have finished with your coats of polish, WAIT for it to dry. TIP: polish with more pigments dry faster. If you are using a pale color, or really light, it will take 2x as long to dry. It took about 5 minutes for both hands to dry.
(my wedding ring really needs cleaning!)
Now its time to add the Gel Top coat.
While I apply my top coat, I start the lamp. I like the bulbs to be warmed up.. not a proven fact- I am just weird.
Now enjoy your fav magazine and wait until the lamps turn off- Usually about 90 seconds (depending on the lamp)
I use the lamp 2 times. I feel personally it seals it just a little stronger, puts my mind at ease!
Next take the Isopropyl and add a little to a cotton ball
Then wipe each nail, as if you are taking off your polish. This removes the sticky layer from the gel top coat
Now you are done!
Enjoy your at home mani! What I like about this polish combo is that its NOT as easy to peel off the polish as it is with the full gel. Its not as thick and seems to wear a little differently. Let me know if you try this, or have any questions!
Thanks for reading!