Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gel Color by OPI

And now for something completely different...

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.






3 People talked back:

Nailgirl said...

I have been working with Shellac for 6 months now. I just tried, on myself, the OPI Gel Color, I found it to be very thin and had to use 3 coats to cover completely and it was also running into my cuticles alot. I never had this issue with shellac. also the tips of my nails look as though they have worn down I tipped them with all coats. Any comments, ideas, or helpful hints.

Nailgirl said...

I have been working with Shellac for 6 months now. I just tried, on myself, the OPI Gel Color, I found it to be very thin and had to use 3 coats to cover completely and it was also running into my cuticles alot. I never had this issue with shellac. also the tips of my nails look as though they have worn down I tipped them with all coats. Any comments, ideas, or helpful hints.

Suzanne said...

I'm wondering the same thing, Nailgirl. My nail tech tips my nails beautifully, but the current OPI gelcolor (Louvre Me, Louvre Me Not) has worn down on three tips.

There isn't much written about the OPI product, other than press releases. I'll ask Katie this weekend what she's observing with her other clients and if she's come up with any work around solutions.

Part of me wants to get another OPI color tomorrow to see if this manicure was just a bad color or if this issue is more pervasive...