The color I received is QB45, a bright red with a hint of raspberry. A classic color and the most popular on the 1Q32 Online Shop. Overall I'm quite impressed with how easy it was to apply. It is thicker than regular polish, but goes on smoothly and does not bubble. It is completely dry and non-sticky immediately after curing which was great. It does not require a base or top coat although a top coat is available for extra shine and protection. My swatches here do not include a top coat, just two coats of the gel...
It looks and feels like regular nail polish on my nails. It has lasted well through the weekend with no chipping, as I expected it would. I'm quite pleased with the manicure. I did manage to smudge and beat up the surface a bit, but I suspect that may be due to lack of top coat. It does have a smell very different from nail polish, but I wouldn't say it is any better or worse, just a different chemical smell.
For application I followed the simple steps provided on the 1Q32 website. You can find them here.
The gist of them is to clean the nails to remove oil, apply a coat of Instant Gellish and place the hand under the lamp. Repeat with the second coat and that's all there is to it. Very simple. They are dry to the touch as soon as you take them out from under the lamp.
Recommended cure times according to the bottle:
LED Lamp: 20-30 Seconds
UV Lamp: 60-120 Seconds
The lamp I was using is an LED lamp, but because it is older my friend recommended to follow times for the UV Lamp and cure it about 2-3 minutes, which is what I ended up doing. Here is my little paw in the lamp...
The removal is the part I'm not looking forward to since it has to be soaked in acetone for ~10 minutes. When I'm ready to remove it, I plan on using the foil method that I use for removing glitter.
For more information on 1Q32 Instant Gellish and their many other products you can check out...
Online Shop: http://www.1Q32.com/en/onlineshop.html
Because I have never tried other gel polishes before and I don't plan on seeing how long this one will last on my nails, I cannot compare to other gel products. I have asked my friend (who loaned me the lamp) to try this out and compare to other products that she uses, so stay tuned for that...
Have you tried gellish before? I'd love to know what you think!
I'm thinking this would be a great alternative to polish for a long vacation...
UPDATE: See my removal of this here...
Thanks for looking!
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