Best Of 2019

Kara Reviews the Top 5 UV Gel Nail Polishes of May, 2019

Treat Yourself To A Bright, Beautiful Manicure That Lasts for Weeks

There’s a reason why UV gel manicures have become a modern beauty mainstay. They’re virtually indestructible, impossibly glossy, and offered at most nail salons.

Gone are the days when digging through your bag to check your phone ran the risk of chips. The UV gel grips on to the nail tighter than traditional polishes and that’s why they are so tough.

Still, whether you’re doing gel manicures in a nail salon or in the comfort of your own home, there are a few essential tips that will help you achieve the perfect manicure:

  • Firstly, apply the UV gel polish in thin layers. If you apply too much, the polish will bubble under the curing lamp, leaving the manicure uneven.
  • Secondly, ensure that you’ve sealed the ‘tip’ of the nail with the polish. After all, this is where the gel polish is the most likely to chip.
  • Thirdly, removing UV gel nail polish is just as important as applying it. So, take your time! A good method is to wrap cotton pads soaked in nail polish remover (with acetone) and securing them to each nail with aluminum foil. This will place just enough pressure on the nails to let the gel polish come off gently and thoroughly.

With all this said, which UV gel polishes made our list this month?

 

1) Gellen Gel Nail Polish Set

What Makes It Great

These Gellen gel polishes went on so smoothly with a couple of strokes and come in a great range of colors. Optimized for fast curing, these nail polishes only take minutes to set under a quality nail lamp. I also give these gel polishes points for staying power;  lasting for a few weeks without a chip or mark, looking just as good as the day I applied the polish. Removal was quick and easy, and my nails looked great underneath. Finally, these polishes are made with mostly non-toxic ingredients – making it a safer choice.

Where It Could Be Improved

The palest pink color is very subtle. It’s perfect if you like a “barely there” look, otherwise, you may wish to apply a few coats of this shade.

9.5Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This gel nail polish offers a lovely range of colors, a beautiful finish and good staying power. Almost everything you would wish for in a quality set of gel polishes.

Gellen Gel Nail Polish Set - Nude Gray Series 6 Colors Nail Art Gift Box, Soak Off UV LED Gel...

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$17.99 $27.99

 


2) AIMEILI Gel Nail Polish

What Makes It Great

This pretty AIMEILI packet contains a gel base coat and top coat. Both coats went on really well and took no time to cure to a rock hard, and high shine, finish. They kept that finish for over three weeks. I love that you can use other polishes in between the base and tops coats, like a “polish sandwich”. Doing this doesn’t affect the finish or durability and opens up a wealth of possibilities for colors and effects.

Where It Could Be Improved

If you’re having trouble curing your nail polish, make sure you wipe over the base coat, not just the top. I also wish there was a little more product in each bottle, fortunately though they’re priced reasonably, which means that you can stock up in one go.

9.3Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Words can’t express how glossy these are – mirror shine doesn’t cover it, and the almost 3D depth to the coats is amazing. It lasts for as long as 21-days. I only wish the bottles came in larger sizes. Overall, very happy to recommend this little set.

AIMEILI Gel Nail Polish No Wipe Top and Base Coat Set Soak Off UV LED Gel Nail Lacquer - 2...

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3) Modelones Gel Nail Polish Set

What Makes It Great

This is a lovely, attractively boxed set of gel polishes. The bottles are small, but the colors are so pretty, especially the glitter ones. The smaller sized bottles means they aren’t hanging around and having time to go clumpy, but you only need a little bit for a good application. These Modelone polishes don’t smell, cure quickly and last nearly three weeks. The glitter gels are so pretty that I’m going to keep using them.

When it came time to remove it, the gel soaked off without leaving a trace, and my nails looked completely unharmed underneath. You get 8 x amazing colors in this packet, including 3 x shades of pink, which I love.

Where It Could Be Improved

My only complaint is that the staying power isn’t as good with Modelone as with some of the other gel polishes reviewed on this page. However, if you combine the gel polish with a great gel top and base coat, you can enjoy these pretty polishes for weeks.

9.0Expert Score
The Final Verdict

With a good range of colors, easy application and great durability this is a super set of UV gels, and the box they come in makes it into a thoughtful gift for someone, or yourself!

Modelones Gel Nail Polish Set - 8 tiny bottles, Soak Off Gel Polish, Required UV LED Nail Light Lamp, 0.24...

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$14.99 $29.99

 


4) Lagunamoon Gel Nail Polish Set

What Makes It Great

This neat little gel base and top coat set arrived ahead of schedule and looks very professional. The user instructions are clear and concise, and the brush seems a good shape for creating nice, even strokes. The first thing I noticed was the almost pleasant floral-like smell, not the usual eye-watering chemical odor we’re all familiar with. It went on very smoothly, and the curing time was minimal. A quick wipe over and I was done. Shiny, tough wearing and lasted over two weeks.

Where It Could Be Improved

I ended up using more of the top coat than the base, so it would be handy to have larger bottles, and it’s not as glossy as some of the others I tried, but neither of these are a deal breaker for me.

9.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Lagunamoon have created an amazing set here – smooth and easy to apply, very long lasting and at a good price.

Lagunamoon Gel Nail Polish Soak Off UV LED Gel Base Coat and No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish Set-8ml

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$8.99 $14.99

 


5) essie gel couture platinum grade finish top coat

What Makes It Great

I love the design of this bottle – it looks adorable on my dressing table, and I’m looking forward to trying it out. The essie 2 step system appears simple to follow, and the instruction include some tips for nail care too. This went on really nicely over a different brand of polish and cured to a rock hard shine. The colored polish acquired a gorgeous depth with this as a top coat and lasted nearly three weeks. I was able to remove it quickly leaving a perfect nail surface underneath.

Where It Could Be Improved

The bottle could be larger as you go through it quickly, other than that, nothing to pick up on!

9.3Expert Score
The Final Verdict

I was really happy with this UV gel top coat and will definitely be getting more. The depth it gives to a base of color is stunning, and everyone admired my beautiful nails!

essie gel couture platinum grade finish top coat, top coat, 0.46 fl. oz. (packaging may vary )

Last update was on: May 19, 2019 1:19 am
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$10.49 $11.50

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