Hi everyone. A couple of weeks ago Technic sent me out their new gel nail polish kit to try out. I was really excited as I’m a gel polish virgin. I’ve never had any before and I’ve never even been to have it done in a salon either. So, as you can imagine I couldn’t wait to try it!
I was sent the starter kit and the current range of 12 gel polishes. The kit itself is £59.99 and the polishes are £4.99 each. If your interested you can check it out and buy here: http://www.lovethymakeup.com/product-technic-pro-one-step-gel-nail-polish-starter-kit-2191.
Here’s the kit, in which you get an LED lamp, 60ml bottle of nail cleanser, 60ml bottle of gel polish remover, 10 foil wraps, a packet of cotton strips, a small file, cuticle stick and two of the Technic Pro Gel Nail Polishes.
Here are all 12 polishes, with names. My favourite has to be Midnight Shimmer. It’s a gorgeous dark blue with a hint of shimmer through it. All 12 only need two coats and are well pigmented.
First thing I checked out was the value for money side of it. I decided to compare it to Shellac, as this is probably the most popular gel polish brand. After a quick internet search i priced the Shellac kits at anywhere between £85 and £145. The Shellac polish on their own were priced £12 to £15. So the Technic kit is definitely great value for money.
Time and difficulty were next (difficulty especially, as this was my first attempt). Time wise it’s great too. The curing time is 60 seconds, you only need too coats of each polish and there’s no base or topcoat needed. Difficulty checks out too. The polishes are a little thicker than normal nail polishes, but there not so thick that they’re hard to apply. they also apply really evenly, so no streaks!
This was my first attempt, using Coffee. As you can see I made my usual mess when applying it, but didn’t clean up before curing so it was stuck to my skin. You can see too that it’s shrinking away from the edge of my nails. This was, again, my fault. Before applying the polish you wipe your nails with the cleanser and wait 60 seconds before applying any polish. I didn’t wait at all and this was the result. I thought this would be the perfect time to test out the remover.
The kit comes with 10 foil wraps that have nail-sized cotton pads already attached. Soak the cotton in the remover and wrap the foils around your nails. Leave it for 10 minutes and the gel polish lifts off instead of dissolving like normal polish. All you do now is use the cuticle pusher to gently scrape the polish away. The kit provides enough foils for one removal. After this cotton pads and tin foil work perfectly.
The little lamp is one of my favourite things in the kit. It’s big enough to fit your hand comfortably but still compact so it doesn’t take up lots of space. As I mentioned before the polishes only need to cure for 60 seconds. Instead of having to time it yourself, press the button on top to turn it on and it turns itself off after 60 seconds.
This lovely polish is Midnight Shimmer. As I said earlier, this is my favourite polish from the range. I took this picture after curing the second coat. As you can see there’s no mess! If you’re like me and always make a mess applying polish, I found that acetone polish remover takes it right off your cuticles and skin (just remember to do it before curing the polish, not after).
This is after three days of wear, and it looks like I’ve just applied it. I was a bit concerned it would loose it’s shine with no topcoat, but it didn’t.
This is after 6 days. Again the polish was still lovely and shiney. It did start to wear away from the tips as you can see, but to test the wear I had been extra rough on my nails. There was no chipping so I could have worn it for another few days, but removed it to do my last tutorial.
And here are my nice clean nails after removing the polish. I was really happy with how clean they were, as normally a dark blue will stain them (and my skin). The only downside I could find to this was how dry the remover made the skin around my nails, but some moisturiser and cuticle oil fixed that easily.
I hope you liked this review and give the kit a try. If you already have an LED lamp of your own, I would recommend the polishes as a cheap but good quality alternative to the more expensive brands.
Thanks for looking,