There has been a spate of professional acrylic dip systems released in the last year or so, perhaps due to the sudden increase in client interest and demand. There’s no question that acrylic dip systems have made a comeback, and received a bit of an update in the process. Years ago, we did not have all these beautiful colors to choose from!
I love this enhancement service and highly recommend trying it if you have not already. My recommendation for professional users is the Gelish Dip system. Check out my recent results with this system:
I trimmed my nails a few weeks ago, and used Gelish Dip to protect them as they grew out again. When I was at the Nail Tech Event of the Smokies over the summer, the Gelish rep suggested that I try using Simple Sheer (instead of the Clear As Day powder I had used previously) for wearing on long natural nails with no polish. So I finally purchased some and applied it, and I think the results look very natural.
While I recommend Gelish Dip, there are other professional options to hit the market in 2016 and 2017. Recently Nails Magazine Readers voted for their favorite dip system for 2017, and the top three were:
- Young Nails SlickPour
- Gelish Dip
- OPI Powder Perfection
Notice that SNS Nails is not on the list!
Home and pro users can find a couple different options at Sally Beauty:
I haven’t tried any of these except for the Gelish Dip system. If you have, please let me know your thoughts! Also, check out Part 1 of this series, explaining what SNS Nails really are… and what they aren’t!
For Winter 2017 Gelish has introduced the Thrill of the Chill collection, with four dark plus one light wintry colors, and a glitter topper. I’ve purchased the entire collection, and swatched them for you!
They are, according to Nails Magazine, “Angling for a Kiss, a deep red cream; Let’s Kiss and Warm Up, a plum cream; Don’t Let the Frost Bite, a grape cream; Caviar On Ice, a taupe cream; My Main Freeze, a pale nude cream; and Ice Cold Gold”, the special effect shade.
If you prefer to see live swatches, please go to the Smoke & Mirrors YouTube Channel to see my swatching video and first impressions of this lovely new collection!
So far I’m most excited about Don’t Let the Frost Bite. But I’m currently wearing My Main Freeze. What about you?
This design was done with two coats of Gelish Don’t Break My Corazón from the Fall 2017 Matadora collection. This is a stunning red in person, and it is the type of red that goes with everything.
On the middle nails I taped off the inner section before applying the Don’t Break My Corazón. After the polish cured I removed the tape and glued on some 3D net embellishments from Born Pretty Store. This stuff is basically a lot of strings all laid in a random pattern and glue together. It comes to you in a small sheet, and you can cut a strip whatever size you need from it. It is a flat sheet of it, however, and only slightly flexible. And it is not self-adhesive, so I used nail glue to adhere it to the curves of my nail. It stayed on very well, and I had to soak it off with acetone when it was time for removal.
I’m not sure if this design is really my style, but the product worked well and I got a lot of questions and compliments on it!
Here are swatches from the new Gelish Holiday Collection for 2017, called Little Miss Nutcracker.
If you’d like to see these colors swatched live, please head over to the Smoke and Mirrors YouTube channel for the swatching video!
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:
- Angling for a Kiss – dark red creme
- Ice Cold Gold – sparkly gold glitter topper
- Caviar on Ice – chocolate brown creme
- Let’s Kiss and Warm Up – deep wine creme
- My Main Freeze – pastel pink creme
- Don’t Let the Frost Bite! – very deep purple creme
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?