If you’re interested in DIY gel nails, this review is for you. I purchased the $30 Nailuv gel nail kit, which boasts two-weeks of chip-free wear, from Costco and here are my thoughts.
In my area, $30 is a typical price tag for a set of salon-applied gel nails. So, the Nailuv 12-piece kit, which includes 5 nail polish shades (a creamy pink, bright pink, red, turquoise and silver glitter), and an LED Lamp, is a wonderfully-discounted deal.
I chose ‘First Crush,’ the pale-pink polish. I figured it’d be the most goof-proof shade for my first try.
The application instructions are straight forward. If you’re comfortable applying nail polish, you should be equipped to use this kit.
The mini, heart-shaped LED lamp allows enough space to cure four fingers, but doing the thumbs separately only tacked on a few extra minutes to the process. The lamp doesn’t have a timer so I just used the one on my phone.
This picture was taken after I applied and cured the first coat of polish.
If I painted outside of the nail bed, I quickly wiped off the excess with the provided cuticle stick before curing it. I positioned my hand as straight as possible in the LED lamp so the polish would cure in place. This is the only part of the process where I felt a bit rushed but I was happy with the initial outcome.
Below is the snapshot of the final results.
For the first three days, the polish looked just as it did when first applied.
This picture was taken on day three.
But on day four, I noticed the polish was starting to bubble up around the top and sides of cuticle line.
As shown in this close-up taken on day five, the polish was pooling or collecting to the sides of the nails. It was no longer wearable, in my opinion.
It was time for removal. The kit instructs buffing the nails to remove the shine and soaking a lint-free pad with the remover, included in the kit, wrapping the nails for 15 to 20 minutes and removing the residue with a cuticle stick.
I was feeling inpatient and mischievous. So, I peeled the polish off, which came off easily in one swoop.
I was prepared for a bit of damage and for the first layer of my nail bed to be scuffed up. This photo was taken right after my naughty removal method.
After 10 minutes of soaking in sweet almond oil, my nails looked much better.
Final thoughts: Despite lasting only four days, instead of the advertised two weeks, the kit is worth the price. I’ll definitely be using it again and testing out the other shades.
Keep in mind, traditional polish begins to chip on my nails within two to three days. The two times I had gel manicures applied at a salon, they lasted about nine days.
This kit promises ‘over 100 gel color applications,’ and, for me, it’s perfect for special occasions or a weekend getaway.