I was fortunate enough to receive an Orly Gel FX manicure at the Australian Beauty Bloggers Weekend 2 weeks ago. I was really interested to see how this new type of manicure worked and I picked the prettiest colour which is Monroes Red.
This colour has teeny little subtle sparkles in it. There are 32 Gel FX colours to choose from so there is going to be a colour that you like in the range for sure!
The Gel FX manicure system is power packed with vitamin infusion which nourishes nails for durability, strength and shine. It also contains antioxidant vitamins E, A and B5 which protects the structure of the nails.
To begin with my nails were buffed and then painted with
1. Gel FX primer to tips,
2. Gel FX basecoat,
3. The Gel FX lacquer colour
4. A think even layer of top coat to seal the edges and cure
5. Following that the beautiful Orly cuticle oil was applied.
After each coat I had to put my nails under a UV light to dry the special formula. Without the UV light the coats would not dry and would stay gluggy but as far as I could tell, nothing really set properly until the top coat was applied. (I know this because I accidentally scratched my chin with my thumb and took a little chunk out of my colour).
My nails came out AMAZINGLY shiny and smooth. I looked at them all day long because they were so beautiful! I got so many comments on how nice they looked.
After two weeks my nails had grown so I had a gap at the bottom from where the gel nail was. The tips also started to chip slightly so it was time to remove the gel nail with the removal kit I was generously provided.
I used a file to scratch the top coat of nail polish to break the gel seal. I then put some remover solution on the pad in the foil and wrapped my fingers up for 10 minutes. When I removed the foil I used a scraper to scratch the layer off to reveal my normal nail below. It was pretty easy really.
One thing that surprised me was that my nails looked a bit hacked up. Perhaps this was because I maybe didn’t remove the gel coat gently enough or maybe they were over buffed before the gel nail was painted on.
Anyway, I really really liked the look of the gel nail for the 2 weeks I had them on and I would highly recommend the Orly Gel FX nail system if you have a special event or holiday to go on. You will have beautifully shiny strong nails and won’t need to worry about chips and painting them while you are away. The Gel FX manicure lasts about for 2-3 weeks depending on how fast your nails grow.
To find an salon that can give you a Gel FX manicure please visit the Orly website. While you’re there have fun ogling the beautiful range of high quality colours they have. A girls gotta love pretty nails!