Gel Color by OPI
I know, they don't look all that different, but they're done up differently this time. (and no, not just the color). There's a new product on my nails.
OPI, the company that you'll find most nail salons, has delved into the brush on UV Gel polish market (their Axxiom is more traditional UV gel that has to be chipped off) with the introduction of their Gel Color line.
It's more similar to CND's Shellac than it is different. Both do a base coat, two layers and a top coat, but there are differences. There is a little less prep to the nails with the OPI line, but the big difference is that OPI's line dries with LED nails in a spaceship looking dryer.
Honestly, the amount of UV you encounter in the CND dryers is less than you would laying out in the sun, but it looks like OPI is trying to cater to those who worry. I will say this, it's easier to get my hand in and out, the timer doesn't start until my hand is inside and depressing a button. Plus, if you do pedicures, it's designed to sit on small legs.
The color variety is already large at launch, 30 colors, and more are slated soon. OPI's most popular colors come in Gel Color, although your nail tech might not get them right away (Katie didn't have Big Apple Red). I don't expect her to stock the three blue shades I liked, because I may be her only client gravitating towards the blues.
The question for me is whether it will hold up as well as the Shellac polish has for me since June?
Keep checking in for updates.