Today I have a bit of something different for you , though no less fun! I was recently sent some products from Australian based gel polish brand, Opallac. Today have the first part of my review and it involves this brilliant Starter Kit you can pick up which has basically everything you’ll need to create your own manicure from home.
Opallac is a gel based nail polish that cures in 90 second using the supplied LED lamp claiming chip-free and smudge free for up to 14 days. Let’s take a closer look!
I’ll go through the process of how to use it, which is really quite simple and similar to many gel polish products if you’ve used them before. We’ll also take a look at the products you receive in the pack. I know a lot of people worry about using gel polish, and I’m here to tell you, you should give it a go! Gel polish is great for when you are going away or if you have a busy time coming up and you want your nails looking good. Of course, it can also aid to protect your nails while you’re trying to grow them out a bit!
The Opallac Gel Polish Kit comes with everything you need to do your own home gel polish manicure. In the pack you recieve;
1x Opallac 7watt LED nail lamp
1x Opallac Gel Base Coat (7.5ml)
1x Opallac Gel Top Coat (7.5ml)
3x Opallac Gel Colours (7.5ml)
1x Opallac 2-in-1 Shine & Soak Solution (200ml)
1x Opallac 30pk Remover Wraps
1x Nail Filer
1x Buffing Block
plus step-by-step instructions
The application process is really very easy and similar to applying nail polish with out the dry time in between coats.
Firstly you need to prep your naked nails. Use the filer to shape your nails, then lightly buff over the nail plate to remove oil. I recommend pushing back your cuticles at this time if you haven’t already. No tool came in the box for that, but you can easily push them back using your own fingers. All traces of cuticle, dust and oil must be off your nail plate prior to application of the Gel Base Coat.
Once your nails are prepped, you’re good to go. Apply a thin coat of the Base Coat over your nails remembering to wrap your tips. Place your nails in the lamp to cure the gel polish for 90seconds. The lamp that comes in the pack has a regular on-off switch so you’ll need to make sure you have a watch or phone handy to time your curing time. Once this is cured you can then go straight onto applying your coloured gel polish. Note- I do recommend using an oil-free cleanser to wipe the sticky residue of the base coat before applying colour. Do not use an acetone product as it is oil based. Removing this inhibition layer will prevent ‘pull back’ of the gel colour which you’ll see a bit of in the swatch below of Seductress. Do not wipe the coloured gel polish layers however as this will remove your colour.
Below I have my swatches of each of the colours you recieve in the pack. Each one is a staple shade which is a great way to start of your colour range. You can also buy colours individually and I’ll have some of those up for you next week.
Please note when you apply gel polish to use very thin coats. I make mine extra thin as I want my nails to look as natural as possible. Between each coat, you’ll need to cure for 90 seconds in the lamp. Once that’s done, you can apply your topcoat and cure another 90 seconds. Using the 2-in-1 Shine & Soak you can wipe off the final sticky residue
First up is Soy Capp. This is a medium nude coloured creme. Application was nice and smooth, I did apply three coats for my own swatches as I found it sheer for me. If you like that hint of free edge, you can certainly leave it at two coats though. I really enjoy nude colours like this for myself.
Of course, what would a starter kit be without a standard red shade. Seductress is a vibrant fire engine red. I’d describe it as being between a creme and jelly finish. For my swatches I applied two thin coats.
Next you get a luscious pink creme, this one is called Cosmoliscious. I found this one to be really nicely pigmented and I only need two thin coats for my desired opacity.
I have just removed the, Soy Capp off my nails after nine days of wear and I definitely have had no smudging, no chipping and no wear. This is through lots of regular house work and life in general, so I am confident in saying that Opallac gel polish seem to be staying true to their word when applied correctly.
When removal time comes, Opallac have you covered with these cool nail wraps that you apply your 2-in-1 Soak on. The gel lifts easily on it’s own after a ten minute soak.
I have to say I was really happy with this kit and would happily recommend it for those of you who want to try gel polish for the first time, or add to your arsenal with some great new products to try. Opallac colours are also available individually in a selection of 44 colours. I’ll have another review in a weeks time to show you some more of these colours you can purchase individually.
Opallac products can be purchased in store from Priceline, or online through their website. The Opallac website ships internationally, and I believe this particular pack is $99AUD NOT including shipping.
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