I own a lot of nail varnish and spend a lot of time nosing about at new launches and brands so it’s pretty rare that I come across things that make me truly excited. But the Madam Glam gel polishes are pretty damn exciting. Read on to hear about heat activated and 1-step gel polishes…
Madam Glam New Gel Polishes
I’ve spoken about Madam Glam on the blog before (you can read my previous review HERE) and I was desperate to try some of the other polishes in the range, so when she very kindly let me choose some to review I took my choices very seriously. See what I chose below:
First up is Madam Glam One Step Gel Polish in ‘Pastel Lilac’* – As soon as I saw ‘one step’ I was all over it. I love the look of gel nail varnish but it is a bit of a faff. This polish does what it says on the tin: you paint on a thin layer, cure under a regular gel polish lamp, add the next layer, cure again and you are done. You heard me. No base, no top coat, no sticky residue left over. Just like a regular manicure but your polish is rock hard instantly and so shiny you could blind a man. What is not to like?! This manicure lasted about a week and a half on me (so not quite as long as the other gels with the extra stages) but with extra care I think I could’ve gone two weeks.
Next up is the Madam Glam Color Change Gel Polish in ‘Crazy In Love’* which is a plain colour heat activated gel polish. In hindsight I probably should have chosen a shade that wasn’t so similar to ‘Love On Top’ (below) but what can I say? I love pink nails. This polish and the below both lasted for over 2 weeks on my fingernails (even longer on my toenails) and apply like a dream. All of the gels are a thick consistency, so I’d advise doing light layers rather than slapping it on too thick, otherwise you’ll end up with an uneven finish. And no one wants lumpy nails.
And lastly is Madam Glam Color Change Gel Polish in ‘Love On Top’* – I love the Madam Glam’s heat activated gels but the thought of a glitter polish that changed colour really piqued my interest. And I was not disappointed. The polish is a bright fuchsia pink when you’re cold, and nude/white when you’re warm. I love the way the glitter peeks through and looks so different when the colour changes.
I’m still blown away by this! Photos and an action video below.
So what do you think to heat activated polishes? What about 1-step gels? Let me know in the comments!
*Products provided as PR samples. For more information see my disclaimer page.