Happy Weekend everyone! Today I will introduce to you, Depend Cosmetics GelLack In-House Gel Polish Kit. Just last month, Depend (Sweden’s No 1. Best Selling cosmetic brand) launched their GelLack in-house system in Singapore. Their series of gel polishes are a little unusual from the traditional gel polishes that you may have experienced, specifically the removal part. In this post, I will briefly mention the removal part based on experiences other bloggers have, as I have just put on a fresh coat of the gel polish and will not remove them till maybe 2 weeks later (or earlier.. we will see)! Anyway, let’s move on proper!
Depend GelLack System
In the Gel Lack obligatory kit, it consists of a before & after Cleanser, a Base Coat, Top Coat, a wood cuticle stick, 1 nail file and an LED lamp. In my kit it seems like the cuticle stick went missing.
Here’s the lamp, which is very lightweight and small. Very convenient! This lamp also has two options, 30 sec and 60 sec. I didn’t realise that this LED lamp switches itself off when the timing is due. So I’m very impressed with the light!
First off, I filed my nails down to my desired shape. Square nails for the win!
After filing my nails, I used a gentle buffer to buff off straying ends at the end of my nails. This is very important because the straying ends are really annoying and ugly. This happens ALL THE TIME after filing your nails.
Tip on Removing Stray Ends – After filing your nails, wet a cotton pad with some water and wipe your nails. These stray ends will appear from under the nail, so you can easily buff it away. Do note not to wet your nails too much or wash them (although I like to wash my nails), as moisture under the nail can affect the durability of your nail polish – whether gel or normal polishes. If you like to wash your nails (like I do because I like cleanliness), do dry them sufficiently, and wait 10 minutes before starting on your nails.
Don’t worry if you are in a hurry, the GelLack before/after cleanser also helps to clean the nail plate and slightly dehydrate it as a preparation step for the gel polishes.
Wipe your nails gently and allow 30 seconds after before you head to the next step.
STEP 1: Apply a thin layer of GelLack Base Coat. It is very important to go with a thin layer. There is no need to layer on too much because it may cause issues later on (eg. gel not cured enough causing it to fall off easily). You can swipe the brush left and right at the bottle neck, and slowly paint it on. I find that the gel polish also tends to slide from the brush stick down sometimes, this happens with all gel polishes, so do be careful that the gel may flood your cuticles.
STEP 2: Cure it under the LED lamp for 30 seconds.
STEP 3: Using the before/after GelLack cleanser, wipe off the sticky layer. For Gelish Harmony which I tried, it does not seem to require this step but in any case, just wipe it off since it is in the instructions.
STEP 4: Paint a thin layer of GelLack Colour of your choice. I am using a sheer pink called Romantic Pink. Cure it under the LED lamp for 30 seconds. Sorry this is a BAD angle.
STEP 5: Paint a second layer of GelLack Colour of your choice. Use a thin coat only! Cure it under the LED lamp for 30 seconds.
STEP 6: Similarly, apply the Cleanser generously to a cotton ball or cotton pad. I find that a cotton pad is actually better, because the cotton ball keeps leaving cotton fibers around my nail :/
And then wipe your nails again! Clean it off, clean it off~
STEP 7: Apply a thin layer of GelLack Top coat for the gloss and shine!
STEP 8: Cure under the LED lamp for 30 seconds.
STEP 9: LOL reusing this photo again – this step is the must-do for the last step. Use the GelLack Cleanser to wipe off the sticky layer.
FINAL STEP 10: TAKE A PHOTO!
You now have super shiny and lasting polish that should stay on for 2-3 weeks with the right application! I can’t stop staring at my nails because it is so shiny and has a lovely soft pink. There is still the visible nail line, not that I mind :)
Key Highlight – The GelLack Remover Oil
The highlight of Depend Cosmetic GelLack Polish is the Remover Oil.
Their gel is easily removed by massaging the Remover Oil onto your nails, and soak them in warm water of around 40 degree celsius. It works best when the gel polish has been worn for around 2-3 weeks. After that, gently scrap the polish off using a cuticle stick.
As I have just put on a fresh coat, I cannot remove it yet. Here is a video of how the polish is being removed!
AMAZING RIGHT?! You do not have to go through the acetone-soaking process, which dries out your nail a whole lot.
You can get Depend GelLack Kit exclusively at Watsons Singapore. The Depend GelLack obligatory start kit retails at SGD$99 (Watsons). Each colour shade retails at SGD$13.90, and the Remover Oil at SGD$6.90 each.
I found this set easy to use and super fuss – free. For ladies who like doing gel nails and do not have time to visit a salon, or find that salon manicures are expensive – this is definitely a great alternative! I like the lamp a lot?! I think I will enjoy the removal oil too. Once I have tried it, I will upload it as an update to this post too! :)
I spent my Saturday morning cleaning my desk! This is how it looks like now.
Enjoy the rest of your Saturday and Sunday guys!
This product has been provided for review and has no influence on my product opinion.