Whoever invented gel polish is a genius. The shine, the longevity, the ease – gel nail varnish is absolutely amazing. However, as someone who has a collection of hundreds (…and hundreds and hundreds…) of regular nail varnishes, I am always slightly put off gel nails as it feels like I’m spending a lot of money to duplicate my whole nail polish collection. When I buy a new dress or a pair of shoes I already know that I can look through my nail varnish drawers and find a match – I don’t want to have to go out and buy the exact shade in a gel format, even if it has a better finish and will last a lot longer. Then I was sent the *trumpets blare* Sensationail Polish to Gel Kit.
I have a pretty extensive nail varnish collection but one thing I’d never tried was colour-changing polish. The lovely Laura from Madam Glam got in touch with me and asked if I’d like to try some of their gels and regular polishes – exciting!
I am a huge fan of essie polishes, they’re probably one of my favourite nail varnish brands. Gorgeous colours, wide brushes that make application a dream, and chip-resistant formula that means I can easily go 10 days without any flaws. So news of their brand new topcoat was met with much excitement. There are a few ‘gel finish’ topcoats and nail varnish ranges out there at the moment (applause for Barry M in particular, stink eye to the Revlon gel top coat which never EVER dried) so it was only a matter of time before essie released one. And here it is: Essie Gel Setter Top Coat!
I have followed the work of Nagi at DISCO nails for a few years and have always been in awe. She creates tiny works of art that are so detailed and perfect that I just stare at them in amazement.
I never ever thought I’d be lucky enough to get my nails done by her, firstly because she’s based in Japan and secondly because I assumed she’d be booked up for months in advance! At the beginning of February I achieved a dream and went to Japan for 2 weeks and while I was there I took a chance and got in touch with DISCO nails to see if they had an opening for a manicure. And lucky for me, she did – cue lots of screaming and clapping!
Let’s get right to it, here are the beautiful nails I had done: