The Gelish process involves a base coat then several layers (five in this instance) of colour which is then sealed with some sort of magical top coat and then dried and set under a UV nail lamp. The whole process took around an hour, so longer than an average manicure.
Mummy Pixie was pleased with the result, although felt that there could have been a wider range of colours to choose from, plus irritatingly the bottle design is such that the colour is only visible through a small porthole, making shade choice quite arduous. Ho hum, hardly Third World problems, though. Anyway, this manicure was done just under three weeks ago; Gelish, Shellac and the like claim to last around 4 weeks, sometimes longer.
My parents went on holiday about 9 days after the Gelish was applied, and within two days of the holiday, and gradually getting worse over the course of the week, this is what MP's nails looked like:
Not great, right? Her nails aren't particularly fast-growing and they're weak, which is why she tried this treatment. However she found that the polish chipped really easily (she chipped one nail within 24 hours of application) and it peeled away at the base, near the cuticle. Now, having only had this done once I am prepared to accept that it might not have been applied expertly and she could get better results elsewhere; does anyone have experience of Gelish or Shellac nails? I was pretty surprised though to see her nails after the holiday. She had to wait around a week (her fault, not the salon's) to get it removed, and when she did it was a half hour of chipping and scrubbing away at her nails which haven't exactly helped their state.
So, overall, not massively impressed with the Gelish technique. At all. I was going to have it done myself but now think I'll stick to a polish chip 'n' change every three days. MP paid £32 at her local salon but prices may differ depending on location. As a parting shot, I was rewarded with this when I initially asked to take her picture. Parents, eh?