Disclosure: I was sent a Couture Gel Nail Polish Kit to review. All opinions are my own.
Do you love the look of gel nails?
But you don’t love the expensive price tag of the nail salon?
Have you ever considered doing your own at home gel nails?
As for me, I love the look and feel of gel nails, but rarely get them done at the salon due to the cost. I would rather just get a cheap manicure. In fact, I am more likely to get a pedicure, and just do my finger nails at home. The salon costs add up so quickly!
So, when I started hearing about gel nails at home, I was very interested. Especially since the at home nail kits can be the same price of just one or two gel nail sessions in the salon!
Over the past year or so, I have had a few emails from gel nail companies to review their kits, but quite frankly, I’ve turned them down until now. When Couture Gel Nail Polish contacted me, I looked into the company and felt we would be a good match.
Reasons I like Couture Nail Polish
- Family owned business, started by a mom and daughter.
- They guarantee no animal testing was done on their products.
- A percent of their proceeds go to a fund to fight breast cancer.
- They manufacture their nail polish in the USA.
There were a few reasons why they stood out from the rest of the gel nail companies. (1) They were the first gel nail polish company to introduce gel nail polish for at home use. (2) After reading their reviews and watching the testimonials, I felt like they had high standards and were professional. (3) They were less expensive, but didn’t seem like less quality. I like to talk about affordable, not over priced products on my blog – and this company fit in the category! (4) … Oh, and it was a bonus that they also had a ton of great nail polish colors and quality manicure kits.
I was sent the Starter Gel Nail Polish Kit from Couture Gel Nail Polish.
About the Starter Gel Nail Kit
This kit is the perfect kit for beginners. It includes everything you need for a salon quality gel polish manicure and is priced at $99 (that is just a couple trips to the salon)! It is their most basic kit. With this kit you get all this:
- Your Choice of 1 Couture Gel Nail Polish Color
- Base Coat
- Super Shine Top Coat
- LED Espree Salon Lamp with 30 second dry time
- Instructional DVD and brochure
- Exclusive Cleanse and Remove Products
- And a bonus salon quality manicure tool kit
- Zippered Cosmetic Case
Using the Gel Nail Polish Kit
This kit was VERY beginner friendly.
The pamphlets and video guide was helpful and detailed. I decided to make a tutorial of my own as well! Here is my video tutorial of how to apply Couture gel nail polish:
Each step in the process took some time, but I can see myself getting faster. Overall, it took me about 40 minutes from start to finish. I imagine that time will get cut in half once I start perfecting the skill!
A thought I had: It says to apply each coat and then leave to cure for 30 seconds under the light, but to me, that wasn’t long enough. Almost every coat took longer than that to dry.
Another thought I had: I have a small concern about the damage of the LED light to my hands. I am not sure if it is very good (it reminds me of a tanning bed and this is where me concern comes from). I will have to do some research on this. However, if you are going to the salon and under the lamps anyway, at least this one you can control.
About the Gel Nail Polish
The bottles of gel polish are a little pricey at around $12 a pop, but they are long lasting – at least a few weeks. The collection of polishes includes over 100 colors – from shimmers, to glittters, to solid shades. One thing I really like is that you can see what your color would look like on your hand’s skin tone. The colors are amazing, I’ve already got a few in mind that I will be ordering on my own!
Another random thought: I am curious whether or not any gel nail polish will work in this system, or if I forever have to be tied to Couture Gel Nail Polish. It would be nice to get nail polish elsewhere sometimes, like if I see it on sale on Amazon or borrow a color from a friend.
Overall Thoughts on Couture Gel Nails
I am really excited about this kit. It is a fun and easy way for me to spruce up my look. My nails aren’t perfect, but I will practice at it and get better. I look forward to it! I am really impressed with the quality of the product and would recommend this to ANY of my friends!
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