I am a big fan of gel / shellac nails (as seen here and here) but getting your nails done at the nail salon regularly is not cheap. Even though gel nails have become more accessible in London in the last few years, with lots of simple local salons offering a full shellac/gel manicure for around £25 it still means it’s not something I get done all time because the cost does add up. But because they are so long lasting (1-2 weeks) it does make it rather tempting ;)
I’ve seen a few reviews and options for DIY Gel Nail at home kits and I was always very intrigued. So when I got the opportunity to review the Beauty Hair Chroma LED Lamp promising 1 Step Easy Gel Nails at home – I was like hell yes!
The Chroma LED lamp by Chroma Gel is a high quality 30 Watt LED lamp designed to freeze your gel polish perfectly leaving you with easy gel nails at home in seconds. The lamp is light, looks nice in classic black, is a good size to fit your hand and has 4 timer settings (10,20,30 and 60 seconds). It also comes with a removable magnetic base for pedicures – winning!
The Chroma LED lamp is to be used with Chroma Gel 1 Step polishes which are so advanced that no base or top coat is needed, which makes it now even easier to get salon quality gel nails at home. To try out the lamp for the first time I decided I’d get a rather classic and natural looking polish: Chroma 1 Step Gel Polish in French Pink (link).
How to do it? Well this isn’t going to be much of a tutorial because it’s just SO easy. Basically all you do is: shake the polish and paint one thin coat to the nail and cure under the LED lamp for 60 seconds. Then paint a second coat and cure again for 60 seconds. And voila you’re done! Your nails are set, dry and looking shiny and beautiful.
However, to get the best and longest lasting results here are a few extra tips:
- It’s important that your nails are very dry and free of oils
- Try to nail your nails as dehydrated as possible to don’t do your nails after just washing your hands, showering or doing the dishes.
- Push or trim back your cuticles. It needs to be properly pushed back and removed from the nail so that your gel polish can adhere properly. If you apply polish over the cuticle you will almost definitely have premature lifting around the edges.
- Buff your nails with a fine grit buffer before applying polish. It will help remove any dead skin from the nail plate and remove the shine to ensure the best surface for your gel polish application.
What do you think? Looks pretty good right! I am super pleased with the results of the Chroma LED Lamp and I couldn’t believe how easy it was do my gel nails at home. I love the French Pink colour and I have just bought the shades Tru Blood and Pink Bubbles to add to my easy gel nails at home collection!
Also when it comes to removing your gel polish, make sure you do not peel them off as it will damage your nails. Either go to a salon to get it removed (costs approx £5) or here is a simple little post on how to remove them at home.
Have you ever tried gel nails at home?