China Glaze Gelaze Coral Star (2 coats plus topcoat)
I hope your weekend is going well so far. I've seen that the Northeast is being hit yet again with another storm. If you're getting this, definitely stay safe and warm! Today I have an interesting gel polish to review from China Glaze called Gelaze. Unlike regular China Glaze bottles, these have a white cap and an opaque bottle that closely matches the color inside. The topcoat has the usual black color and a silverish opaque bottle. I believe that the brush is the same as the regular polishes which I like. I chose the color Coral Star because I don't own this color in their regular lineup. The Gelaze colors come in 35 different hues that match their most popular colors such as For Audrey and Ruby Pumps to name a few.
You will need an LED lamp, the Gel-n-Base in One (the color), and Gelaze topcoat. One problem I had was with the application the first time I tried it. The formula is a bit watery and thick at the same time which is weird. I ended up taking it off and retrying it a few days later which was a good idea. I added 1 coat of gel polish to clean nails and then cured it for 30 seconds under LED light followed by a second coat and curing. I finished off the look with 1 coat of topcoat, making sure to wrap the tips to prevent (or at least slow down) tipwear. I wore these several days (surprisingly) and I didn't really need to take another picture because my nails basically looked exactly the same. The removal process is basically the same as any other gel polish and that is to break the seal with a file and soak the nails for 10 minutes using the foil method. After this, all of the gel broke free from my nails and I didn't have to do any peeling.
They say you can wear these for 2 weeks, but I don't have nearly the time to do that kind of test. I do find these to be much faster to put on than other brands such as Gelish, Red Carpet, etc. I still like this gel polish, despite my application problems at first, because I find that to be the case with most gel products. I was told that you can use the topcoat over any regular polish to make it last longer, but I haven't had the chance to test this out. You can find these at Sally Beauty Supply for $10.99 each (with their Beauty Card..and these are for the 0.33 fl. oz. bottles instead of the 0.5 you see above). You can get the topcoat for free until 2/28/15 with the purchase of a Gelaze polish. This is a great deal, so if you are interested in trying these out, I would definitely do so before the end of the month.