It does not need a UV lamp which is a major plus to me as I am a little worried about the UV exposure.
I was bad and peeled the shellac off instead of removing it properly, please don't do this! It's some complex method apparently.
I washed my hands in warm water which is supposed to remove oils so nailpolish goes on better.
I put on the combined base coat and colour coat. It seems thicker and gluggier than normal nailpolish so I was very careful to do it as neatly as I could.
I left it for about half an hour to make sure it was dry before applying the top coat.
I was told by a lady at the chemist that I could add another coat in a week to make it last longer.
The nailpolish and top coat are about $16.95 each in my local chemist, I assume it is similar around Australia.
I used colour 450, High Roller. It is a purple but it is pretty dark and dull in appearance, so I am not that impressed with it. I also purchased 600 Queen of Hearts, and am considering removing this and replacing it with that as I think that colour would pop a lot more.
Pros: No UV lamps
Cheaper over time (gel nails approx $30 or more)
Can remove with normal nailpolish remover
Don't get pampered like you would at a salon
If you aren't great at painting your nails it won't look as nice
I will keep you posted about how long they last.
As you can see, my messy job is not as satisfying as a salon manicure!