Gel Mani wannabes!
|Left to right: Revlon Gel Envy Lady Luck, All or Nothing and Diamond Top Coat|
You can see my review and thoughts on the L'Oreal system here. I haven't done proper testing of the Sinful Shine Gel Tech because the shades that I chose weren't really colors that I would wear long-term (i.e. more than a few days). Recently I did pick up a couple of shades from the new Revlon line: Lady Luck and All of Nothing. This is a 2-step system: color and top coat. No base coat-- I noticed some staining with the coral pink shade when I swatched it and left it on my pinky for a day, so I'm almost positive that this will be an issue for the darker shades.
I gave All or Nothing, a little milky pink shade, a few weeks ago. I applied on a Monday evening and wore it through Saturday: 2 coats of color and the the clear top coat. First observation is that it took a really long time to dry completely (cure). I did my mani a few hours before bed but I still woke up the next morning with sheet marks. The next day, I already notice a chip and some tip wear. The next few days were all pretty much the same. Then Friday I started noticing more chipping around the tips and I removed the color on Sat-- I hate to have a messy mani!
From my week of testing, I would have to say that this system isn't much different that a regular nail polish. It's not bad-- it's a nice quality but the wear and shine aren't the same as a UV gel manicure. I only got really got 4 day of wear before it had to be removed. Any during those 4 days it didn't look perfect like a UV gel mani. And the fact that there's no base coat irks me. I feel like their would be better staying power with a sticky base coat (like Orly Bonder, maybe?) and it would also prevent staining with the darker shades.
I hear that Sally Hansen is coming out with a similar system called Miracle Gel, also a 2-step system (info here). Since this seems to be a never-ending quest, I'll probably try this when it's available in my area. We'll see but for now I'm just going to stick with doing my UV gel manis.