Today I’m back as promised with my final China Glaze Gelaze post. In this post I’ll be showing you an awesome overview of all 72 shades as well as some application tips and tricks and my general review of the system. It’s been so exciting for me to finally get to share all these swatches. These posts have been months in the making, it was truly a mammoth task but so enjoyable!
I’ve been using the Gelaze system for several months now and have applied it on my own nails and my friends and family a multitude of times. What I love the most about the system is that it’s a two-step system. Meaning you apply colour and top coat. Base coat is not required and is built into the colour. This makes application faster and removal easier. However it also makes it easier to come off prematurely, you definitely don’t want that to happen. I have some tips and tricks to make your mani last the full two weeks and even longer.
- Proper prep is always key to a gel application. Remove the cuticle (dry/dead skin ON your nail plate) using a cuticle remover product. Push back your cuticles. File your nails to your desired shape and give them a light buffing. There should be no shine left on the nail plate. Clean the dust thoroughly with cleanser or alcohol with lint-free wipes. This dries out the nail and makes sure there is no oil or dirt left on the nail plate.
- Thin coats are an absolute must – do not apply gels like you would regular nail polish. Get rid of most product on the brush so you don’t flood your nails and apply thin, even coats. Leave a neat rim around your cuticle so you don’t touch the skin.
- This step is important: do not touch your cuticle or skin using the gel. This will cause the gel to lift so make sure to get rid of any product that touches your skin or cuticle using an orange woodstick or a clear-up brush before you cure in your lamp.
- Cap your free edge, another step you cannot overlook. Capping the free edge means carefully swiping the brush across the edge of your nail tip, so you essentially seal in the entire nail. This will make your mani last!
- Cure each layer under your LED lamp for a minimum of 30 seconds, and 2 minutes under your UV lamp.
- After you have applied two or three thin layers of Gelaze, finish with a thin coat of Gelaze top coat. Cure this layer and remove the sticky residue with cleanser and a lint-free wipe. Only the final top coat layer is meant to be cleansed.
Prep really is the key to making Gelaze last long. If you properly clean your nails and get rid of any excess oil, dirt, dry skin and apply it neatly, they really wear amazingly well. With the steps above I have achieved great results not just on my own nails but on friends and family, with manis lasting a minimum of 2 weeks. If you experience premature lifting, I recommend trying a dehydrator. This is a product you use after prep and before gel application. It dehydrates the nail completely and ensures a very strong bond. This is great for people with weak or oily nails.
As far as removal goes, Gelaze is one of the easier soak off gel systems to remove that I have tried. Part in thanks to the lack of base coat. Here is how I remove my soak off gel manicure.
- Start with breaking the top coat seal by filing across the nail lightly using a regular nail file. This step is a must and takes little time. Do not file down too deep or you may damage your nail, only the top coat is meant to be filed off.
- Apply cuticle oil or balm around your skin. This step is fully optional but I like doing it so my skin is a little more protected from the next step.
- Soak cotton with pure acetone and cut out aluminium foil squares and tightly wrap these around your nail. You can buy premade removal wraps but I always have cotton rounds and foil on hand so this is what I prefer to use at home. Tightly is the key, and apply this to one nail at a time as acetone evaporates quickly.
- Let it sit for a minimum of 10 – 15 minutes. Try not to move around your nails too much so the seal of the foil remains tight.
- Remove the foil wraps one nail at a time, and use an orange wood stick to remove the remainder of the gel. Most of the gel should flake off by itself but you can carefully scrape off whatever is left. If it doesn’t come off easily, reapply the acetone wraps and let it sit for a little longer.
- After you have removed all the product, you’re ready to start at step one of application, which is nail prep. Or you can simply apply cuticle oil and leave your nails bare. There should be no damage to your nail.
As I have mentioned, I have been using the system for a while now and I’ve been loving it. The quality is great and they apply and wear really well. What I love about this system is the fun colour range. There are some gorgeous brights, neons, and more unusual shades you don’t see often in other gel ranges. If I had to list a few cons is that the bottles contain “only” 9.76ml, and that it’s quite an investment. But that being said, the quality is great and I highly recommend them!
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You can purchase the Gelaze by China Glaze soak off gel range via stockists such as Pretty Polish. This is a 2-step soak off gel system meaning you need colour + top coat only. Bottles contain 9.76ml. Big thank you to Petra for letting me swatch the entire range for you!