I posted some snaps on Instagram (follow me here!) of my new at-home gel polish and I’ve received a lot of questions about the system. So instead of waiting to see how long my manicure lasts, I thought I’d write an overview of the system first and tell you how to use it! I just tried the Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish ($8.97-$34. 97 at Walmart) and I am so thrilled to share with you my first impressions!
Just a bit of background: I’ve never tried a gel polish before. I’ve always wanted to try Shellac but balked at the price of getting the service done. Whenever I paint my nails at home, I always find my manicure smudged and ruined after a good night’s sleep. Needless to say I am pretty excited to try the Everlasting Gel Polish system, as it promises to deliver glossy, chip-free colour that dries instantly and lasts up to 14 days! Removal is supposed to be easy: they soak off with acetone-soaked pads wrapped in aluminum foil.
Kiss Prep & Cleanse Gel Cleanser
To prep the nails, remove any existing nail polish and push back cuticles. Wipe down each nail with the included lint-free wipes soaked in Kiss Prep & Cleanse Gel Cleanser ($8.97).
Kiss PRO LED Gel Lamp
Say hello to the Kiss PRO LED Gel Lamp ($34.97). The unit itself has a reflective surface all-around, with LED lights along the top of the unit. This ensures that the UV light cures the nails evenly. To start, hit the button at the top of the unit. It beeps at 30 seconds, and turns off automatically after 60 seconds.
Kiss PRO LED Gel Lamp
Once it’s on, it definitely feels warm under the lights. Any excess gel on the skin or cuticles get quite hot but still tolerable, so be careful to wipe down any excess before curing under the lamp. For each gel polish step, I do the following: apply to four fingers on one hand except for my thumb, and cure. Repeat for the other hand. Then I apply a coat to both thumbs, and cure.
Kiss Base Gel
The Kiss Base Gel ($11.97) evens out any ridges on the nails and primes them for colour. Cure for 30 seconds. For this I manually turn off the unit once it beeps.
Kiss Color Gel in Punch and Shimmer
The Kiss Color Gel ($11.97) comes in 15 colours. Application on these was so smooth but the consistency — at least the shades I’m wearing here — were like jelly finish nail polish and are on the sheer side. Swatches below are done with 3 coats. Cure for 60 seconds after each coat.
From left: Petal, Juicy, Shimmer, Punch, Lush, Really
From left: Ballet, Pearl, French, Onyx, Smoky, Kissed
Kiss Top Gel
Kiss Top Gel ($11.97) is a top coat with “optical brighteners to prevent yellowing.” Cure for 30 seconds. After this step, wipe down the nails again with the Kiss Prep & Cleanse Gel Cleanser to remove any excess gel. The surface should be smooth and not sticky if cleaned properly. Don’t worry, your manicure will not smudge at this point. Trust.
Kiss Color Gel in Punch and Shimmer Swatches (so shiny and juicy!!!)
Enjoy your brand new, at-home salon quality manicure. I’ll report back on how well this lasts, but overnight, I’m already impressed that I have no smudges, nicks or chips on my new manicure.
Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish is available individually and in these kits at Walmart:
- Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish Color Gel Starter System ($29.97): Base Gel, 1 Color Gel, Top Gel, Prep & Cleanse Gel Cleanser, Buff Block, Manicure Stick, Mini File and Lint-Free Wipes
- Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish French Manicure Kit ($34.47): Patented French wraps, Brush-on Gel Glue, Base Gel, 1 Color Gel, Top Gel, Prep & Cleanse, Buff Block, Manicure Stick, Mini File and Lint-Free Wipes
Update on Staying Power and Removal
My manicure lasted 11 days before it started peeling. At around day 8, there was noticeable fading at the base near my cuticles, but no chips or nicks. I am so impressed with the system. I think it performed incredibly as it withstood a good beating. I gardened bare-handed, went camping, and was overall very rough with my manicure.
A bunch of readers were curious about removal, and it was pretty easy with acetone-soaked cotton pads and aluminum foil wraps. I kept them on for 10 minutes and peeled the polish off with a cuticle pusher. It left some residue (like ones that stickers leave on plastic surfaces), but I’m able to scrape them off with my fingernails. I think keeping the acetone soak on longer will definitely fix this, but I have very weak and sensitive skin that I opted not to keep it on for a significant time.
I hope my experience helps you decide on whether you want to try out the Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish system. I personally believe that it provides an incredible value for an at-home manicure! Let me know what you think!