OPI gel 15 days
03-04-2012, 07:49 PM
OPI gel color - after 15 days I just had to change color, I really wanted to see how long it would last....just couldn't wait any longer to try another one of the fabulous colors. OPI deffinately my favorite sog. Please ignore cuticle...
03-04-2012, 08:24 PM
WOW Ann! That is awesome! I don't see any chipping at all!
03-04-2012, 08:41 PM
I know! I am so impressed with it. Even my worst client only had one minor chip after 14 days!!!
No lifting at all. I love it....And clients love that they can get their favorite OPI colors.
03-04-2012, 08:44 PM
I have someone that can only wear shellac for a week and that is with linkage. Then she starts with the chips and peeling. There are so many different brands to try.
I use linkage also. I have to say I invested a lot of money on shellac and gelish only to find I like the OPI best so far. I was a die hard gelish girl until I tried OPI. I am trying it on my granddaughter that is a hair stylist and a nail biter. We will see how it does.
Here are the same nails - later that day used bogota blackberry and I use Mary Kay Satin hands softner, scrub and lotion. Hands look a little better. http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee37...ry-mk2.jpg
03-06-2012, 02:19 PM
Do you have to file off the shine like you do with the gelish? Watching a video, they didn't.
03-06-2012, 05:48 PM
aj - I did, just out of habit I am not sure if you have to or not - I have seen nothing in the instructions that answers that question.
03-06-2012, 06:37 PM
Is it acetone resistant? So Ann, what are you gonna do with your gelish now?
03-06-2012, 09:01 PM
(03-06-2012, 06:37 PM)aj Wrote: Is it acetone resistant? So Ann, what are you gonna do with your gelish now?
Yes. I will continue to use my gelish until it is gone - can't waste it
03-06-2012, 10:00 PM
Let us know how it wears on your granddaughter! My friend and I are going out Thursday so I'm going to be bad and get some OPI and try it out.
03-10-2012, 08:20 PM
(03-06-2012, 10:00 PM)moonkissed Wrote: Let us know how it wears on your granddaughter! My friend and I are going out Thursday so I'm going to be bad and get some OPI and try it out.
well today is the 10th and my granddaughter the hair stylist/nail biter's nails still look great. This is a record for her. lovin OPI
03-21-2012, 07:48 PM
Well day 17 and my granddaughter the stylist's/nail biter's nails still look great - having the best luck with OPI gel polish,,, love it (she really needs a fill though LOL)
03-27-2012, 06:57 AM
Ok here are my granddaughters nails. 23 days!! Only growth (thank god she is coming today) and she is a nail biter and hair stylist. She is not careful with her nails at all. Lovin OPI
03-27-2012, 08:12 AM
WOW! I can't believe how good they look!!!
04-14-2012, 07:21 PM
Second set are going on 3 weeks - They were pink and white but with hair color they are now dingy and yellow LOL but still on!!! Still loving OPI
04-15-2012, 03:41 PM
Can this be used on top of traditional gel nails and then be filed off?
04-15-2012, 08:16 PM
Nailretreat... Looks great! You said you applied linkage, do u soak off the opi, or do you have to file them all off? I have never tried to soak off with linkage all over the nails..,
04-15-2012, 08:41 PM
I have never used OPI gel polish over gel nails so not sure, they do soak off in about 10 minutes and then I lightly buff with a white buffer block to make sure linkage is all off.
04-16-2012, 08:14 PM
(04-15-2012, 03:41 PM)nailgirl1 Wrote: Can this be used on top of traditional gel nails and then be filed off?
Yep, it sure can.
"To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation. But I'm working on the foundation."
04-17-2012, 04:12 AM
Thanks Sachi. Can you use axxium no cleanse sealer on it then, or do you have to use a soak off sealer?
04-19-2012, 11:12 PM
I have to say although I'm still a bit perturbed about the issues when it first came out-- I use it more now. But only with shellac top/ base coat. But--- it still doesn't remove like shellac does. But overall it's a nice product!!!
" Take time.....to be kind".....
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04-21-2012, 04:03 PM
I like it ,but colors like Pompeii Purple that shrink really bad ,and don't come out dark enough even after 3 coats, always make me paranoid to use it on anyone.... Yes, I make sure I shake all bottles first....I wonder if dry brushing the base coat would help...hmmm
04-21-2012, 04:21 PM
Lexibunny, try dry wiping your first layer of the color that is shrinking as well as the base and see if that helps the second coat stay in place.
I have been using the OPI for a while now and I prefer it over every brand. I have not seen shrink back on the nails yet, but I also think each bottle can have a slight difference in consistency. And I wonder if altitude has any thing to do with it..
When I soak off OPI, I don't scuff the top coat. I use cuticle oil on the finger tips before I wrap them with pure acetone. I leave them alone for 10 min, no peeking. And they are just falling off the nail and I don't have to push but a few bits here and there. shellac, gelish and others I have tried do not hold a candle to the ease of soaking off, or the wear, in my exprience.
04-21-2012, 07:01 PM
I will take your advice and try dry wiping as you say...I want to love it like I love my Gelish...lol...even with Gelish and Shellac ,I have had to do some tinkering to work the " kinks " out. Thank you for the suggestion ! ( Sobeit )
04-22-2012, 08:12 PM
I love the wear on my OPI
some of the colors seem to leave a stain behind
I will try dry wipe as well..I have shrinkage with some colors at the cuticle AND the tips
it is really hard to get good caps with OPI.
I do prefer application with my Gelish colors instread of the OPI colors
AND I agree with Peggy..removal is awesome!
but I do find application of OPI base a bit of a challenge at times & hard to work with in thin applications b/c it seems to dry as u work with it..
I actually spilled some on my floor & there were a couple spots left on the tile..it was dry & as hard as a rock..so I know it is drying without the LED or UV light.. I thought I was crazy thinking it was drying
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