Madam Glam 3 Week Update and Removal
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The day has finally come! It’s been three (loooong) weeks of wearing my Madam Glam Soak-Off Gel Polish in Bright Barbie Pink, and I have to say I am very impressed! Before I show you the 3 week update pics, let’s recap…
This is what the Madam Glam Bright Barbie Pink soak-off gel looks like after 3 weeks of wear. There is very minimal tip wear (really only noticeable on my index finger) and the chip on my thumb started lifting a bit more (which after 3 weeks I couldn’t resist peeling it) but just the corner seems to have lifted and the rest of the polish was still very much adhered to the nail. I do want to revise my theory of what happened with the chip though. I originally thought the chip occurred because of the prolonged exposure to acetone when removing polish on my other hand, but I applied polish after removing this gel and had the same chip occur in under an hour (which shows how durable the gel is compared to polish). This leads me to concluded that the corner of my thumb is just very weak and was bending which separated it from the gel. If your nails have this issue I would recommend not only making sure you wrap your tips well but also put a thin layer of base and top gel on the underside of the nail (curing each layer). This will help add more strength and support to weak areas. Aside from the chip, the only other issue I had was with the split on my ring finger which needed to be re-glued at the end of every week. By week 3 the split had opened fully through the gel which is why it’s visible compared to weeks 1 and 2. I do want to point out that I have changed my polish, on my other hand, at least everyday and have also had swatch sessions which I used regular acetone remover and had no issues with lifting. I have also used acetone remover directly on the gel to remove any polish that had gotten on the nails during polish application on my other hand.
Overall: This gel holds up extremely well, if I didn’t have the split in my nail or a very weak corner there would probably be no visible wear other than the (massive) re-growth line. If you’re in the market for gel polish I would highly recommend this gel, especially if you have thin weak nails. Don’t forget to use the code YGEL30OFF at checkout to receive 30% off your order! Or shop their Black Friday special and get 40% and Free Shipping with orders over $30 with the code BLACK40.
Now on to removal…
1. Cut individual squares of aluminum foil, large enough to fully wrap around the nail.
2. Take a cotton ball and unroll it so you can pull apart individual pieces for each nail.
3.Prep the nail by taking a 180 grit file and filing off the surface shine from the nail. DO NOT file the natural nail(regrowth)! This breaks the seal of the gel and allows the acetone to penetrate into the polish.
4. Pour some pure acetone onto each of the piece of cotton (which should be placed in the center of the aluminum square), place the nail onto the acetone soaked cotton pad and wrap the foil securely around the nail.
5. Soak the nail in acetone for at least 10 minutes.
6. After 10 minutes, gently press down on the nail and use a slight twisting motion to remove the foil.
7. Using a plastic cuticle pusher and a downward motion, gently scrape away the surfaces layers of the gel. DO NOT try to pry off the gel! If it does not easily scrape off, do not force it, simply continue the soaking and scraping process until all the gel is fully removed. After the final soak use one of your other nails to scrape away and remaining gel.
8. HYDRATE. If your nails and skin look dry as a result of the acetone apply cuticle oil and keep applying until the oil no longer soaks into the skin. This will prevent any peeling or brittleness that can occur after gel/acrylic removal.
9. Apply your new manicure!
I hope you enjoyed this review..let me know what you think of this gel in the comments below =)