If you were following any of my social media channels this past July, you might remember seeing my social media reports from Cosmoprof North America. And you might remember one of the pictures I shared from my introduction to the brand of gel nail polish called Pink Gellac. If you've ever applied or worn gel nail polish, you'll recognize that this polish looks amazing in it's finish. I was utterly captivated by the even coverage and shine of this polish.
My friend Andrea of Chickettes, who is a nail blogger turned pro, was working at the booth doing manicures and she told me to come by. She introduced Pink Gellac to the US and is an official retailer for the brand. If you know Andrea's work, her professionalism and her experience, you would run to the booth on her recommendation as I did.
While there, I was gifted with a gel polish starter kit, ($79.95), so that I could try their system for gel nail polish. It contains everything essential that you would need to complete your Pink Gellac mani! Click on the pictures to see the pics larger.
In My Kit:
15 ml manicure base
15 ml nail color in the color 156 Tropical
Ultra Shine, a 15 ml no wipe shiny topcoat
15 ml bottle of nail cleaner
The Pink Gellac LED lamp
1 orange wood stick
20 Luxury lint-free nail wipes
1 nail file
10 Remover Pockets.
Before I tell you my evaluation of the Pink Gellac system and polishes, I want to show you the Reminiscence Collection for Fal 2016. Pink Gellac has released six color stories a year in their four year lifespan and I was very fortunate to receive these polishes to test for you. I also received a 15 ml bottle of their primer with it. The nail primer is optional to use before the base coat to help ensure and better application, but is not essential.
I have worn all of these polishes at least once and a couple of them several times, so please be patient while I show you a bazillion pictures. It is my goal for you to have as much information as possible. I've swatched the polishes on clear sticks below and they are, left to right: Warm Marsala, (which is showing slightly lighter than it is IRL), Burnt Amber, Chocolate Brown, Black Velvet, Luscious Red.
Warm Marsala is a beautiful browned plun with golden copper shimmer. It could easily be my favorite of the set, if the others weren't just as pretty. One thing I love about Pink Gellac is that they have a color spot on the top of the bottle that matches the color very, very well.
Burnt Amber is, in my opinion, the best true orange gel you'll ever find. Pink Gellac polishes apply like a dream!!! They are opaque, not runny and streaky like so many others. Because of the pigments involved in orange, it can be streaky but not Burnt Amber. It applies perfectly every time. It was the perfect orange on my nails.
Chocolate Brown is a delicious candy bar brown creme.
Black Velvet fooled me. I thought it was going to be a dark creme, but with application the shimmer within the darkened violet is more evident. Gah! So pretty.
The final polish in the collection is Luscious Red, and boy is it ever!!!! It is a blood red that becomes a darker crimson with each coat. It has delicious shine.
It's beautiful and it's the one I've worn the most to this point. That says A LOT because I don't normally gravitate to red polish on my nails. The next picture shows it in the house with no special lighting. No flash. It should be noted that in this particular manicure, I have one coat on my ring finger and two coats on the others to show you the difference you can achieve in depth, but also the opacity of a single coat of the polish.
Luscious Red is perfect for an artsy picture.
And it is true perfection when you're goofing in the car for an Instagram photo.
It is the perfect classy red gel polish. And like other Pink Gellac gel polishes, I find that it lives up to the 14 day claim with NO chipping, which is something I've never experienced before this brand.
So let me give you my thoughts about the Pink Gellac three step system. It's my opinon that Pink Gellac has raised the standard of gel nail polish in every way. Here are the things that I love:
1) Application is just three easy steps.
2) The polish doesn't streak; each color is opaque
3) The brush in the bottles is perfect for a professional application. The width makes it so that I can do three easy strokes and cover my nail completely....with no streaking.
4) They have different finishes of top coat: Shiny, matte and satin
5) The shiny is the shiniest beautiful finish that I've used.
6) The light is large enough for me to comfortably rest my fingers and be able to lay my fingers flat without smooshing them up to fit them in, like I have to with some lights.
7) I can get a great guestimate of what the color will look like on because of the matching color button on top of the bottle.
8) There is a 14 day guaranteed trial period
9) The polish wears for 14 days, with no chippping, and looks fresh every single day.
10) Removal is really easy and it doesn't tear up my nail surface at all, as I've had happen with other brands I've used. Seriously. Really. Truly.
11) No matter how hard I try, there is not one single thing that I can come up with in that I don't like about it.
Pink Gellac says on their website that this is the gel polish of the future. Well, the future is here and now. Pink Gellac has set the bar high with a new industry standard. The look and the wear are incredible. It just doesn't chip on me at all. The polishes are rich and non-streaky. With other gels I've used, after I gel top coated, I would continue with shiny top coats to ensure max wear and shine. All I use with Pink Gellac is one quick coat of the no-wipe top coat.
I'm so impressed with this brand, their polish and their light. You have to try it!! You can purchase Pink Gellac online at Chickettes.com, as well as Amazon. By the way, Andrea has AWESOME swatches of every color on her site to help you choose a new favorite.
You can also find helpful hints and instruction on the Pink Gellac website. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Give this leader in gel polish a try and let me know what you think. I think you'll be impressed with how easy it is to apply and how beautifully it wears.
My thanks for Chickettes for telling me about this brand, and to Pink Gellac for sending me samples to share with you. I have never ever had a more professional looking and wearing gel manicure either at home or at a salon.
I'm still wearing Luscious Red.....what's on your nails?