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

by Ellie Balfe
07th Apr 2016

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.


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.



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