Thursday, 24 April 2014

Gel Nail Polishes


Gel manicures are my favourite treat to have at the beauty salon. They look incredibly polished without looking too fake which is great, and there is always a great range of shades to choose from. In the salon, a UV light is used to treat the polishes aswell as specially formulated gel polishes to create that ultra glossy look.

In recent months, beauty brands have been releasing their own takes on gel manicures by bringing out gel-like formula polishes. I have collected a small collection of these polishes that I thought I would show you.

Collection Lasting Gel Colour
These polishes are an absolute bargain and are pretty great polishes. They apply very evenly and dry quickly, and their staying power is impressive too. The only thing is that the shade range available isn't very wide and Collection doesn't seem to be releasing anymore at the moment which is a bit of a disappointment.

Models Own Hyper Gel
Me and Models Own have a love/hate relationship, and unfortunately this polish really disappointed me. The formula is very thin, difficult to achieve an even finish and takes quite a while to dry. I have done a full review which you can see here.

Bourjois So Laque!
Again, the shade range isn't fantastic with this collection but, as far as I know, they are supposedly releasing a few more shades during the Spring/Summer months. These polishes I picked up as part of a set so I don't know how much they are individually, however Bourjois is quite an average-priced brand so I cant imagine them being overly expensive. They are quite easy to apply and the finish is beautiful, however these polishes take an absolute age to dry so, if you are as impatient as me, then these probably aren't for you!

Bourjois 1 Seconde Gel
Bear in mind my thoughts on my other Bourjois nail polishes, and you can understand my enthusiasm for this polish. Probably one of my favourites in my collection- a lovely bright summer shade, amazingly quick dry time and the staying power is pretty great too.

17 Supreme Shine
I don't think these are still available to buy, however the last time I checked 17 had released a new range of gel-formula polishes. The turquoise blue is another with great staying power however the formula is pretty thin making even application quite difficult.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine
Probably the most high profile of the gel-like formula polishes, every beauty blogger has either heard or owns the collection! What I love about these polishes is the shade range-I have yet to find a polish range with such a great selection in terms of shades. I'm not a massive fan of the formula and these polishes never seem to last ages on my nails however I love the finish of these, especially with a bright shade.

Rimmel Salon Pro
These polishes are great! I don't know if I can find a fault with them actually! They have an excellent shade range, application is made incredibly easy with their wide stroke brush, and the drying time is super quick! They also last quite a while on my nails without chips! Out of all of these polishes, I am definitely going to pick up a few more of these!

Have you got any polishes you can recommend to achieve a glossy manicure? Or have you been disappointed with any of the products I love? Please let me know!


  1. i love gel nails too! i quite often get them done myself, but ive never done them myself! let me knows which products are the best and i may try! id love it if youd comment back xx

    1. Well these are just gel-like formulas so you use them in the same way you use ordinary polishes, they just have an ultra glossy finish :) x

  2. Nice Collections !!
    Love the yellow one!

    1. Thanks! That one is perfect for the summer!