Prepare for a Paul Mescal supremacy — 5 upcoming or new releases from the incredible Irish actor
Prepare for a Paul Mescal supremacy — 5 upcoming or new releases from the incredible...

Sarah Gill

Three newly opened Irish restaurants to try out this weekend
Three newly opened Irish restaurants to try out this weekend

Sarah Gill

Author’s Bookshelf: Clodagh Finn on paying homage to the women who have made Ireland what it is alongside Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland
Author’s Bookshelf: Clodagh Finn on paying homage to the women who have made Ireland what...

Sarah Gill

What to make this weekend: Saturday night dinner for less than €6
What to make this weekend: Saturday night dinner for less than €6

Sarah Finnan

Take a tour of Made.com founder’s chic London pad
Take a tour of Made.com founder’s chic London pad

IMAGE Interiors & Living

The benefits of batch cooking, from more time to more money
The benefits of batch cooking, from more time to more money

IMAGE

It’s time to learn your attachment style…and how it’s impacting your relationship
It’s time to learn your attachment style…and how it’s impacting your relationship

Mairead Heffron

Maisie Williams, Jennette McCurdy, Drew Barrymore and the plight of abusive parents
Maisie Williams, Jennette McCurdy, Drew Barrymore and the plight of abusive parents

Sarah Gill

Supper Club: This delicious French Onion Soup makes for a seriously tasty lunch
Supper Club: This delicious French Onion Soup makes for a seriously tasty lunch

Jennifer McShane

October Event Guide: Festivals of food, art, comedy, jazz, and all things Halloween are on the horizon
October Event Guide: Festivals of food, art, comedy, jazz, and all things Halloween are on...

Sarah Gill

Image / Beauty

Why I Generally Hate Gel Nails (but love this one)


By Ellie Balfe
07th Apr 2016
Why I Generally Hate Gel Nails (but love this one)

One of my latest budget hits has been the rather marvellous Super Gel by Rimmel. Unlike most people I seem to know, I am not a massive fan of salon applied gel nails, as I often find that they build up the height of the nail too much, and the finish and shine sometimes loses it’s lustre after a few days for me. There’s nothing like a glossy nail painted with regular polish in my view. Yes, it doesn’t last as long and yes, it’s rather old-school and all you Shellac addicts could practically work in the mines with your bare hands and come back up with mani intact, but still I object!

Maybe I’m an anomaly in this area, but for years I have stood firm, I totally prefer doing my own nails, choosing only to have gels applied in my pedicures (yes, yes, I sound slightly schizo), but to each their own and all that jazz.

062-supergel_product_0

But here’s the thing; I have had an epiphany of sorts. I was tempted to try the Super Gel from Rimmel because of the gorgeous shade that is the mauvey-grey Punk Rock. I applied two coats followed by the top coat and immediately loved the shade and stellar shine.

And that was that, or so I thought, until days (and even more days) passed and the stuff didn’t chip. At all! And it stayed shiny for 10 days.

So, humble pie is mine to eat. Now I like gel manis. But only if I can do it myself.