I sure do love a good manicure, it always feels good to have my nails done and polished. Sadly getting a mani at the nail salon isn't always convenient for me and my wallet. I especially like to get the gel manicure because of the long lasting results. I also love that it dries quickly and don't have to worry about smudging or ruining your polish as you drive home from the nail salon. One thing I don't like about the gel polish is the pain it can be to remove. Once I finally manage to remove it my self, not paying extra at salon to have it removed (I was charged extra once) it's also damaging to my natural nails. So my gel manicures have been lesser and lesser in the past year. I normally don't do my nails at home, mainly because I suck at it and won't last more than a few days.
About 2 weeks ago L'Oreal Pairs invited me to a party in Beverly Hills introducing all the new products being launched for 2014. (you can see pics from party on my instagram @CidStyleFile). One of the new products for 2014 is the L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel Lacque 1-2-3 System, which is now available in stores. This is basically a gel-like polish you can use at home, with out the need of a UV lamp. The 3 step syste is claimed to give you gel manicure results at home. At the L'Oreal party celebrity nail manicurist Tom Bachik talked about this new system, and how it will give you super glossy nails that will last longer than a regular polish. The easy to use system will give you salon results at home. I was excited to try this 3 step polish and test it out for my self.
So here it the deal with the 3 step system, steps 1 & 3 together. Step 1 is the gel primer and step 3 is the top glaze. Step 2 is the color gel polish which is sold separately. I was given a gift bag at the L'Oreal party which contained the Extraordinaire Gel Lacque 1-2-3 System. Here are my thoughts and results after using this 3 step system.
|Step 1 & 3 come packaged together in this little gold box. Average cost $12.99|
|Step 2 is the Extraordinaire Gel Lacque Polish. |
I used #705 Fashion's Finest. Average cost $7.99
Since I suck majorly at doing my own nail polish and my cuticles were a mess, I went to the nail salon for a manicure. I brought along the Extraordinaire Gel Lacque System for the manicurist to use. I normally like to bring in my own nail polish any way, so this was a perfect way to try out this new system. The manicurist commented on the color and said she liked the brush and polish was very smooth and easy to apply. She completed steps 1-2-3 on my nails.
The results: Immediately after my nails were done, they looked super glossy and shiny...just like a gel manicure. The following day my friend asked me if I had gel polish on my nails. The look is very shiny and gives your nails a nice shape. Now I was excited to see if they polish would last longer than just a few days.
|This is 2 days after initial manicure, forgot to take picture day of mani. |
Nails still look shiny and smooth., no chips or cracks.
|This is my nails 10 days later, they are chipping and losing the shine from gloss.|
Nails started to chip slowing around day 5, and gradually got worse.
|This is my nails after I removed polish 10 days later, no damage to my nails like with a salon gel manicure. Polish was very easy to remove with regular polish remover. |
In fact my nails grew quite a bit since my manicure and have not broken.
My overall review of the L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel Lacque 1-2-3 System is good. I loved the initial results, but was disappointed it didn't last longer. I think maybe if I had added another layer of the glaze (step 3) the polish would have not chipped as soon as it did. Currently the system has only about 20 colors available and for the total cost of about $20, it's still cheaper than going to a nail salon for a gel manicure. I could have touched up the chips on my nails since I had the polish at home, but wanted to test out how long it would last. That is one benefit of doing a mani at home you have the steps and polishes at home to touch up your nails as needed. Also I liked the fact the polish was very easy to remove with just one cotton pad and some polish remover. Normally a gel manicure is very difficult to remover at home and takes way to much time. The gel manicure from a salon is also more harmful to my nails. After a gel mani, my nails are thin and brittle. Also no UV lamps which can cause damage to the skin on your hands. So in conclusion, I do like this 3 step system from L'Oreal, and look froward to trying out other colors. I can't say the polish is as long lasting as a gel polish, but it does last a bit longer than regular nail polish. If you like doing your own manicures at home, you should check out L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel Laque 1-2-3 System. I feel it's worth the $20 investment which you will get many manicures out of vs. paying $25-$30 for a one time gel manicure at the salon.
Have you tried this L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel Lacque 1-2-3 System? What were your results and thoughts of the product?
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Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review, but was provided the polish from L'Oreal to preview. These are my own thoughts and opinions of the product.