Okay, okay, it’s only been a week since we showed you—via ourselves—the wonders of Sally Hansen’s new Insta-Gel Strips, but what would beauty be without options, people? That’s what we thought.
Say you’re not about a strip; say you want to paint. Nothing makes you happier than the ritual of sitting down with tiny bottles of polish, turning on some bad/good TV or hopping on the phone, and getting down to business. And how sad is it when two days later, that labor of love goes up in smoke because your ring finger is—gasp—chipped. The gel manicure isn’t a whole thing for no reason: nobody likes to huff and puff over a perfect DIY Sunday night nail job that crumbles by Wednesday morning. And the notion of achieving a gel paint job in your own home seems like a fantasy (how to install a row of salon curing lights in your bathroom?). Well, cue the trumpets—and thank Ms. Sally Hansen, whoever she is—because the foolproof Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit has arrived in a drugstore near you.
The box contains enough stuff for 10 mirror-shiny manicures, each lasting two-plus weeks. Aside from that charmingly retro LED lamp (bigger than the mini from the Strips kit, but you can use either one) and the special gel polish formulas, the process is basically the same as doing a standard-issue manicure: base coat, two rounds of color, and top coat (colors range from classic cherry-red to wine to pinkish-nude)…the only difference being that between every layer, you place your fingers under the LED lamp for 30 seconds to cure each coat. All done? Give nails a quick swipe with the enclosed cleanser pads, and BAM! No dry time and no-chip nails that’ll last longer than anything you’ve ever attempted yourself. Some would call it “2 Week Chic” (see why). We say, it’s about time.
Speaking of ‘about time’: click here to enter for a chance to win one of FIFTY Salon Gel Polish Kits if you’re an ITG reader in the US, and cross your (hopefully Sally Hansen’ed) fingers.