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:
- enhanced for better stability
- product flow improved
- easier to lay down
What’s the same?
- smooth application
- streak-free and shiny
- chip-free for up to 21 days
I never had any issues with the Gelish formulation, so honestly it just seems like the same great product to me!
The new bottle features:
- A similar overall shape to the already-familiar Morgan Taylor® & Gelish Dip bottle design
- Shrink-wrapped, enclosed bottle with larger color call-out dot, and color band
New bottle pros:
- Branding continuity within the Hand and Nail Harmony brand
- Opaque wrapper with no window means you won’t have your Gelish curing inside the bottle (due to being exposed unintentionally to UV light, including ambient UV light in the room)
- color band can be seen from almost any angle
- More difficult to counterfeit
New bottle cons:
- Old bottles now seem outdated
- Gelish has re-named some of their old colors to match them to Gelish Dip and Morgan Taylor color names
- I find this part annoying, but have done my best to track the name changes in my List of Gelish Collections by checking the Gelish website and the recently-released updated core catalog
The new brush features:
- dome-bristled brush
- increased bristle count
- ergonomic cap
New brush pros:
- smooth application with full coverage
- increased product control when polishing in the cuticle area
- helps pick-up the perfect amount of product
- cap flares out at the base, which makes it slightly easier to grip and position in the hand
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:
- Old brushes aren’t as easy to use, by comparison
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.