This is the second half of my gel nail adventure. I painted the nails on a Tuesday, and removed them the Monday night two weeks later. So, what I have here is 13 days of wear.
I have to say, I was impressed with the wear. I lost the corner of one nail (4th finger right hand), and the NAIL chipped (but NOT the polish) from my left thumb (see photo). That is to say that the polish held to the rest of the polish spectacularly, while my nail under it chipped off! Strangest thing I’ve ever seen.
13 days later, the polish still looked great. Still shiny, only 1 chip despite lots of water exposure, climbing, banging into things, and 0 attention paid to looking after the nails. On the basis of preserving nail length, these worked great.
Then came the problem. Removal. I cut my normal polish remover rounds into 5ths and soaked them in 100% acetone. I then placed a piece over each nail, wrapped my nails in tin foil, and waited for 15 minutes. When I removed the foil, my fingers were white, dry, and looked awful….and the polish had gone NO WHERE. I started pulling off the edges of the polish with metal tweezers, and got somewhere. Then I just gave up and pulled off all the pieces still stuck to my nails. They were ruined.
I ended up breaking off the top of 4 nails during removal (see black arrows), and the ones that weren’t broken were a total disaster. Peeling, chipping, splintered nails with flakes of polish STILL attached. Even after hydrating with cream, attempting to buff, and cutting down all the nails on my decimated left hand (the whole point of the gel was so I WOULDN’T have to do this), my nails are almost unusable. So, for the coming few weeks, please forgive any messy surfaces…I have destroyed my nails. But, I will leave you with a happier photo (my hands at the Western Wall).
Verdict: Gel nails work great…but even if you do them at home, get them REMOVED at a salon where they know what they are doing. And hopefully won’t destroy your nails.