In my previous post I noted that Hand and Nail Harmony (HNH) had created 12 winter 2020 colors, assuming that all of them would be available as Gelish gel polish. However, I’ve received emails from distributors that seem to indicate only six of those 12 colors will be available as gel polish. Here are the colors available as Gelish (in full size and mini):
Be My Sugarplum – plum shade
Bare & Toasty – nude beige creme
Don’t Snow-Flake On Me – pale lilac metallic with chunky glitter
Fa-La-Love That Color! – dark gray creme, almost black
Stilettos In The Snow – ruby red creme
Liquid Frost – silver metallic with chunky glitter
It appears that the other six colors will be manufactured as Morgan Taylor Lacquer only, at least in the U.S. While this is disappointing, it is likely a business decision. The cosmetics and beauty industry as been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as many salons are operating at a limited capacity and consumers are spending less on non-essentials like cosmetics. For a large manufacturer like HNH it may not be profitable or even possible to manufacture all 12 colors. It’s a shame, but I am grateful for what we are getting, even with the distribution issues, and look forward to better in 2021. Until then, continue supporting the brands you love when you can!
Did you know the Smoke & Mirrors nail blog maintains a full list of Gelish® colors? It goes all the way back to 2011 when Gelish released some of their first brush-in-bottle gel polish colors, like Tiger Blossom (the first Gelish color I remember seeing on someone) and the Aurora FX collection (the first collection I saw in person at Sally Beauty – I had to have them all!). Recently the list has been updated with the color names and SKUs from the latest collection, Shake Up the Magic!, for Winter/Holiday 2020. It also has for item numbers, release dates, and updated color names. Be sure to check out our handy reference list!
As the pandemic stretches on, we all occasionally need some good news and events to get excited about. For me, that is the change in season and the new nail colors that come with it! So I was happy to see some news in the last couple days about the upcoming Gelish collection for Winter/Holiday 2020, called Shake up the Magic!
It’s still early, so not much information is available on this collection. I was able to find good information at BeautyandHairdressing.co.uk (collections are typically released earlier in the UK than in the US) and the Cosmoprof website. This collection appears to have 12 colors, including some darker shades, nudes, shimmers and a a couple glitter toppers. So far I have only seen the full size and mini Gelish collections for sale with 6 of these 12 colors, so we might have to wait a little longer to find out if all 12 will be available for purchase in the Gelish gel polish.
Due to a temporary health condition I’ve not been doing my own nails lately, and haven’t had a client in a very long time due to the pandemic. But none of this has dampened my enthusiasm for all things nails and my excitement at seeing new collections being released. What about you? Have you been using more or less nail products in the last few months?
After a little research, I was able to find some information about the new Gelish® Fall 2020 collection! It will be called Disney Villains, and is now trickling out for purchase online. Hopefully we’ll get more fanfare over the collection’s release next month, but I think some of the announcements that would usually come out have been diminshed again due to the pandemic.
From Gelish – “Gelish and Morgan Taylor are going wicked this Fall and introducing the Disney Villains collection. Disney Villains have lived in the shadows of heroes far too long. What haunts them is that they’re more than just evil, but the world has yet to see them come out of the shadows. The collection brings to life some of your favorite infamous villains with deep shades to bring out your naughty and edgier side and rich jewel tone finishes to enchant.”
Fashion Above All – metallic silver for Cruella De Vil
You’re in My World Now – vampy plum for Dr. Facilier
Just One Bite – metallic red for The Evil Queen
Make ‘Em Squirm – metallic purple for Ursula
Smoke The Competition – dark gray for Hades
Mistress of Mayhem – jewel-tone green metallic for Maleficient
I love how Gelish and Disney included villains from a spectrum of great Disney films through the years – from the classics like Snow White, released in 1937, to the contemporary films like Malificient. Which one is your favorite?
As the accent color on the floral feature nails, I used Wish Upon a Starboard, from the Gelish summer 2016 CosmoProf Exclusive collection, A Very Nautical Girl. The feature nails have the following layers:
So far I am loving the Switch On Color collection. What do you think of it? It was a bit difficult to get my hands on, but it looks like Gelish is taking strides to make products readily available through online outlets in the future.
Since the COVID-19 lockdown, have you had difficulty finding acetone and polish removers in stock? I have… and therefore I’ve recently been looking for an alternative to pure acetone, which I’ve used almost exclusively for years to remove gel polish and soak off acrylic.
So if you’re looking for another option, check out the Advanced Nail Polish Remover at your local Walmart.
At first I dismissed this product because it clearly says “nail polish remover” and, typically, we would need acetone to soak off gel polish. But then, in desperation, I finally picked up this product and read the fine print. It states that you can use it on gel polish, and the first ingredient listed on the back is acetone. And I decided to give it a try.
Now I’ve used it several times to remove Gelish® and had no trouble at all. It works the same way that pure acetone does to remove gel polish. Bonus – the oils it contains apparently prevent the skin drying out just enough to keep the dry, chalky skin caused by pure acetone.
Have you used this product? What did you think of it?
Did you know that Gelish has included a purple in each of their last three summer collections? They worked so nicely together that I used those three purples to create this nail look!
Switch On Color, 2020 – Ultimate Mixtape (on middle, ring, and thumb)
Rocketman , 2019 – Just Me & My Piano (pinky)
Make a Splash, 2018 – One Piece or Two? (pointer)
Wearing 3 to 5 colors on one hand is trending right now. In my opinion this technique is more effective on fingers than toes, so I’ll probably have a manicure like this again soon. What do you think? Are you coordinating multiple polishes this summer?