Here are swatches from the new Gelish Holiday Collection for 2017, called Little Miss Nutcracker.
No, really. Are you ready? ‘Cause apparently it’s happening!
I’m not looking forward to winter, but I am looking forward to Gelish’s Winter 2017 collection, called the Thrill of the Chill.
We don’t have any official info from Gelish yet, but I have seen the collection for sale on a couple sites. The colors are:
I’ve noticed that there haven’t been any polishes labeled “Trends” lately, though one from each of the last couple collections seemed to have qualified. Is the “Trends” line kaput? If you’ve heard, please leave a comment below!
I realize I say this every time, but from what I am seeing so far, I am loving these colors. What do you think? Will you buy them now, or wait until the holiday rush is over?
The new Gelish Holiday Collection, called Little Miss Nutcracker, has been released, and the Smoke and Mirrors YouTube channel has swatches for you! Please check out the video and let me know what you like, or any constructive criticism you have.
On these nails I used Gelish Olé My Way from the Fall 2017 Matadora collection, with mermaid pearl powder from Born Pretty on a couple of the nails. This deep blue color turned out beautifully in just two coats!
Unfortunately I can’t recommend the pearl powder, as I’ve tried it two times with different top coats and haven’t had good results. For these nails I used the inhibition layer to adhere the powder, then top coated with Top It Off from Gelish. When I didn’t get the result I wanted after the first coat, I cleaned the inhibition layer off the index finger nail and applied some OPI Top Coat. Once that dried I added another layer of powder.
This time around I also used one of the silicone nail art brushes from a five piece set that I ordered from Born Pretty to press in the powder. Even then I wasn’t satisfied with the finish – it still seemed uneven – and so I went back to using the applicator sponge provided with the kit for the second layer on the pinky nail. I can, however, recommend the silicone brush set. The brushes seemed like good quality for the price.
I’ve also found that Born Pretty now has an Amazon store. Buying from them through Amazon seems safer and slightly faster – rather than waiting 4-6 weeks like usual for order delivery, I waited only 25 days for the brushes to come in. Have you bought any items from Born Pretty through Amazon? What did you think?
About a month ago I saw a post on the Nails Magazine website about the “marshmallow manicure” that Morgan Taylor lead artist Gina Edwards had created for Caroline Herrera’s Spring 2018 NYFW collection models.
While Gina Edwards used Heaven Sent (formerly Little Princess) for the white color, I decided to use the new white called I’m Drawing a Blanco, from the fall 2017 Matadora Gelish collection. I’m Drawing Blanco does have a bit of shimmer to it, which I embellished with some rhinestones and Gelish Grand Jewels to create this design. The butterfly is a double-stamped (first white, then black) image from stamping plate BP-07 I purchased at The Born Pretty Store.
I’ve been crazy busy adulting lately, but have been slowly working to add all my collection swatches to the Gelish Collection swatches page. Check back soon for more!
One of the new colors from the Gelish fall 2017 Matadora collection is proving to be very popular so far, at least on social media. It’s called Mauve Your Feet, and I’ve been seeing it everywhere lately. Here’s my take on it.
This is 2 coats of Mauve Your Feet stamped with a rose design from Morgan Taylor Designer Plate 3720201-1 in black polish. I used a plate and stamper from the Flirty Florals Collection 1 kit, and the design came out beautifully!
What do you think? Have you worn this color yet?
Over the past couple weeks I’ve been doing some product testing with Gelish® PolyGel™. (Of course I have to thoroughly test it on myself before recommending it to others.) This is a photo of my nails enhanced with clear PolyGel and then polished with one coat of Gelish Tickle My Heart (which Gelish is, unfortunately, no longer manufacturing).
I was going for a simple, neutral design with this set, but couldn’t resist a polish with a bit of glitter! You can see that I used the PolyGel to extend the nails, basically doubling the length of my free edge.
After using and wearing PolyGel for about 3 weeks now, I am happy to report that it is as user-friendly and easy to apply as they say. I had watched a few videos on the application of this product, yet I was still blown away by how easy it is to work with. It’s really something you have to experience for yourself!
PolyGel enhancements also sit on the nail very comfortably – it’s light and feels natural on my nail and fingers. This is in contrast to acrylics, which I have trouble getting used to… acrylic on my nail always feels like an enhancement to me.
I’ve applied both Gelish gel polish and regular polish to my nail with no issues, and experienced great wear time. As far as wear and tear, the PolyGel has held up very well. The only minor issue I’ve noticed is that the corners of my square nails are now rounded, especially the nail of the middle finger on my right hand. I believe this is due to the softness of PolyGel as compared to acrylic or even hard gel. But after ~3 weeks of wear, that isn’t too bad! I have experienced very little lifting – much less than I usually do with acrylic or even hard gel.
Some tips for working with PolyGel:
Have you tried PolyGel yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this product!
As of Summer 2017, Gelish has updated their gel polish formulation, as well as the full-size bottle and brush. The new formulation, according to Gelish®, is:
What’s the same?
I never had any issues with the Gelish formulation, so honestly it just seems like the same great product to me!
New bottle pros:
New bottle cons:
New brush pros:
The new brush really does make a big difference! I thought it wouldn’t, but was surprised at how much these seemingly minor tweaks enhanced application. Check out the Smoke and Mirrors YouTube channel for my in-depth brush comparison and test video to see the difference!
New brush cons:
Overall, I love the new design and, for brand recognition reasons, this was clearly a great move for Gelish. I’ve been a Gelish user for almost a decade now, and I’m looking forward to many years of using this excellent product for myself and my clients. There’s just a tiny part of me, the OCD part of my brain, that is a bit ticked with all the name changes. But I guess that’s progress and we’ll have to be understanding about it!
You can also check out the Fall 2017 issue of Nail Style for more information on the all the new Hand and Nail Harmony products.
A quick story from a recent personal experience: At the salon where I currently work they store nail polish on a wall shelf. I typically bring my own supplies, but one client asked for a color off the shelf. I had no idea how long this polish had been there, but decided it would probably be fine to use. I proceeded to perform the manicure and sent her on her way. She was my list client of the day, so I headed home a couple hours before the salon actually closed.
Less than an hour after I got home the salon called to tell me that the client had called complaining that her manicure had become gritty. She wanted to know if I could re-do her nails right away, before the salon closed. So I headed back to the salon to see what the problem was. Long story short – the polish I had used was very old, and the manicure had developed tiny bubbles over the hour or so after it was done. It looked like I had used a texture polish!
So I applied a different color of polish and apologized profusely to the client. I also tossed the bottle of polish in the trash while the client was there, so she could see that we would not be risking this happening again. After I was done, I thought “How can I prevent this from happening again?”. Not only had a I lost time but also money, and caused frustration for myself and the client.
The answer I came up with is simple: inventory the nail polish on a regular basis. Did you know that the shelf life of Gelish is 18 months?
On cosmetics there is a symbol indicating the product’s shelf
life, which usually looks like this:
The number will change depending on the number of months of good shelf life. I’m not saying that your gel polish won’t last longer than 18 months, but the expiration date is the recommended length of time in which you should use the product. After that amount of time it’s important to check them before you sit down to use them on a client!
If you find this information useful, here are some ideas for inventorying your nail polish:
If you have any experience with polish expiring or with inventorying your stash, let me know in the comments below!