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I didn't take the time to put it on last weekend though. After an admission of having "naked nails" on Twitter which brought me to shame, I decided to actually take my Gel Perfect out for a spin.
The Gel Perfect set cost me about $11 at Ulta. It comes with Activator, Gel Color and Cleaner. You need no base or top coats.
First you apply Activator to clean bare nails (easy for me right?) on one hand. Before the Activator can dry apply a thin coat of Gel Color. Now wipe your gel color brush off and dip it in the cleaner. You have to clean the color brush in between each five nails. I didn't like that part very much as it seemed to waste a lot of product onto a tissue or paper towel.
Repeat the above steps on the other hand. Then apply a second coat of Activator and Gel Color. I noticed while applying the Activator that its smell reminded me of Super Glue but was not sticky like glue. The scent is not strong though.
First of all, my nails dried REALLY fast! Definitely a plus as I usually manage to smudge a nail when I use normal polish. Also, I tend to be a little impatient waiting for my nails to dry so dry in under 5 minutes makes me happy.
Supposedly Gel Perfect lasts as long as a salon gel manicure. Well, I chipped the polish on one nail within the first couple hours of applying the gel. Then I chipped my thumb nail Sunday morning. The chips occurred on the corners of my nails. Fortunately, it was just the polish and not the actual nail.
The shine is not as glossy as I thought it would be but overall I think my nails turned out well. I know I will have to remove it next weekend though due to the chips that already started. The two chips are small so only I really notice them.
Overall, I like the product and I think once I get used to the process I will like it more and more. The real drawback was cleaning the brush after every five nails.