Monday, October 15, 2012

1Q32 Instant Gellish - QB45

Today I have something a little different for you. I was given the opportunity to try out a gel polish from 1Q32 Instant Gellish. I have never tried any gels on my nails so I wanted to test it and figure out what it is all about. I borrowed a lamp for curing from a friend and gave it a chance to impress me...

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...
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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!
Anutka :)

** Polish was provided to me for review by the manufacturer or their PR. **
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  1. Don't think Gelish is for me.. Too time consuming and I don't have the patience to put my hand under the UV lamp for 2 mins Lolz.. Polish is way easier to wear and removal .. Gelish would be more for those who have no time to paint their nails but want their nails to look good for a long while hehe

    But I hv to admit they looked pretty on your nails :D

  2. It looks great! I use OPI nail polish remover on my clients instead of pure acetone, it works very well and don't dry out your cuticles. I use the foil method with that remover.

  3. I would love to hear how this is to remove and how long it lasts. I would love to have something like this for times I want my mani to last more than a day (i.e vacations).

  4. @Samantha, I don't think gels are for frequent use either. With a new LED lamp, it would only take 20-30 seconds to set which is amazing and much faster than nail polish, but removing it much more time consuming for sure.

    @Carolina, I will try a nail polish remover rather than pure acetone as well. Thank you for the tip! :)

    @Angie, it should last a long time. I've seen it last for 2-3 weeks (until the nails grow out) on my friends. I don't have the patience to test it out though. Removal is time consuming at 10 minutes per hand (since I can only do one at a time)...


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