A new manicure system called Gelish Dip is launching in SA soon, and I got to try it out. Now, let me first tell you that I have never had any sort of overlay done, not gel, or gelish, or acrylic, or anything. I only ever wear nail polish, and I love that my nails are in really good condition. So, I was slightly worried about the effect on my nails, but I am happy to say my natural nails have not been affected in any way.
What is Gelish Dip?
It is the first dip system in the world to be infused with gelish. It falls between Gelish and Acrylic in wear time. It is odourless and doesn’t need a light to set and it only takes 5 minutes more to soak off than Gelish. There is a good range of shades, 44 to start with and soon the upcoming Limited Editions will also be available in Gelish Dip. Talking about Limited Editions, have you seen my review of the Morgan Taylor Beauty and The Beast Collection?
How does it work?
You choose your shade, just as you usually would. Except the shade is a velvety powder. I chose Black Cherry Berry and Give Me Gold. Your nails are filed and buffed and a prep coat is applied. A base coat is then applied and your nail is dipped into the powder and dusted off. This happens 2-3 times.
Then an activator coat is applied, and your nails are buffed smooth to get rid of any bumps. Lastly a top coat is applied for that glossy finish and that is it. No light needed, no long drying time. The entire process takes about 40 minutes, and the drying time is about 4 minutes.
How does it look? As you can see below, my nails looks shiny and glossy.
How long does it last? The picture below is more than 3 weeks later. Aside from the growth of my nails, and a few scratches, it still looks perfect to me! Also, if your nails are in need of a bit of TLC, check out the new *Daily Elixir from Morgan Taylor.
Where can I get it done? Salons that currently offer Gelish, will probably be doing the Gelish Dip, and this includes Sorbet Salons. There have been a few counterfeit issues, where salons are offering Gelish, but it isn’t actually Gelish, so just something to be aware of next time you book. If you are unsure, contact Sparkle Cosmetics and they will verify whether it is actually Gelish.
So, overall I am impressed with Gelish Dip. I love that it is super quick to dry and lasts 3 weeks, and would be the perfect mani before a holiday! Would I do it again? Probably not, as I don’t like having to go for a soak off, I prefer the freedom of being able to remove my polish at home. But for ladies who currently use Gelish or Acrylic, I think this new system is definitely something to check out.
Will you be trying the Gelish Dip?