I picked up this little kit at CVS for $10 versus the $29.99 price tag on Fuse’s website. Gel manicures are great because they last what seems like forever, but (yes, there is always a but) when it comes time to remove the gel it is a long process. Usually I soak some cotton balls in acetone nail polish remove and wrap some aluminum foil around each finger tip. I sit there for about 10 or 15 minutes and by then most of the gel has dissolved off. No matter how careful you are during the removal process, your nails will still be somewhat brittle after a gel manicure. For this reason I use Gelous with my polish which isn’t damaging to nails and lasts fairly long.
So this is my first DIY at home gel manicure attempt. This little kit comes with the following:
The process goes like this:
- Starting with clean nails use the pink “fuse” file to buff your nails.
- Take one of the white pads and squirt some of the “fuse cleanser” on it. Rub one finger with it.
- Put a very thing coat of the “fuse” polish onto your nail and then stick it into the LED light for 30 seconds. The light inside will automatically turn off after 30 seconds.
- Use the pad with the “fuse cleanser” on it to wipe the nail.
- Repeat process on every single nail.
This is what the LED light looks like when lit up. It’s actually pretty clever.
This is my final result. As you can see I did not take my time during the process because it grew very tedious after the first few times. I was incredibly disappointed with the color as well. I was assuming it was going to be similar to the bottle and not just sparkles. Although it claims to last as long as a salon gel manicure (which for me is roughly two weeks) it lasted a mere two days!
I admit it could rely heavily on user error, but I still wouldn’t spend $30 on this product. The Gelous polish works wonderful and does not damage the nail. The Fuse polish did pull off some of the top layer of my nail when it chipped off.
I forgot to mention that it also has an extension that you can fit your toe nails into the LED light. Once it starts to become flip flop weather I will try that feature out.