Mani Monday: Seventeen Gel Colour

I haven’t done any nail art for a while and I’m really loving clashing colours at the moment so when these beauties arrived I had an idea that would perfectly marry the two. So here’s my dotty manicure using the Seventeen Gel Colour polishes*.

Seventeen Gel Colour

These polishes are one of the new genres of polish that have been popping up all over (some of which I’ve reviewed on the blog recently). They’re like regular polish in that you don’t need to cure them under a lamp and can be taken off with regular nail varnish remover. But, similar to gels, they are very shiny and designed to be more long lasting than your typical nail polish.


The Seventeen Gel Colour polishes come in a wide range of colours but who doesn’t need another bold, classic red and an obnoxiously girly pink that would look amazing with a summer tan? The shades are called ‘Red Soul‘ and ‘Pink Flamingo‘ and I love them both! The caps are a little unwieldy for me (I prefer a dinky lid as I find the grip is easier) and the formula was slightly thick. This did mean that the polish was easy to build to full opacity but I found it meant the polish did start to wear around the tips after about 5 days, which still isn’t something to be sniffed at. I will probably add some nail varnish thinner to them to tone them down a little and see if that helps. The pros far outweigh the cons in my opinion: a good-sized brush, a smooth and very shiny finish, and a quick drying time. Plus, at £3.99 you could pick up a few season-appropriate colours without it breaking the bank.


I decided to do a dotty manicure with a difference. I think it would have looked better if all nails were pink on top of red (like my middle and little finger) but I still love the way this came out. It kind of reminds me of screen-printing, it has that imperfect stamping look. I painted my nails with two coats of Essie ‘Private Weekend’, then used a dotting tool to make the spots. Topped off with my trusty Seche Vite – of course.

I hope you like this manicure. Are you more of a red or pink manicure kind of person? Let me know in the comments below!


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    • Lex
      26th September 2016 / 10:18 am

      Thank you Zoe <3

  1. 22nd August 2016 / 1:55 pm

    Gorgeous nail art. Looks so professional and flawless, I wish I had the patience for nail art x

    • Lex
      26th September 2016 / 10:28 am

      Thank you so much, I tend to do it when I’m watching TV so I can just paint away 🙂

  2. Kathleen Medjuck
    22nd August 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Love it! Do you find that your nail shape affects the strength / susceptibility to breakage?

    • Lex
      26th September 2016 / 10:29 am

      Thank you! I actually get fewer breaks than when my nails were square, my nails are quite strong though!

    • Lex
      26th September 2016 / 10:31 am

      Aww thank you so much! They are my babies 😀

  3. 22nd August 2016 / 6:34 pm

    No I think it looks perfect just the way it is, the dotty manicure is gorgeous! I love the colours x

    • Lex
      26th September 2016 / 10:43 am

      Thank you very much! This was a lot of fun to do 🙂

  4. 22nd August 2016 / 8:25 pm

    I could not love this nail art more!

    • Lex
      26th September 2016 / 10:43 am

      Aww thank you so much Faye!

  5. 22nd August 2016 / 8:54 pm

    SO pretty! I wish I could be more creative like that, maybe a new years resolution haha – great post x

    • Lex
      26th September 2016 / 10:44 am

      Go for it! Pinterest is an absolute treasure trove of inspiration, I spend far too long on there!

  6. 22nd August 2016 / 10:47 pm

    Gorgeous nails! I love the colour combination. They really work well together!

    • Lex
      26th September 2016 / 10:45 am

      Thank you very much, I do love a bit of clashing colour!

  7. Mrs Lothbrok ❀ (@_reveurr)
    22nd August 2016 / 11:02 pm

    This look amazing, really pretty. I wish I had the talent to do this with my nails x

    • Lex
      26th September 2016 / 10:46 am

      Thank you very much, you should give it a try – it’s a lot easier than it looks 🙂

  8. Rhian Westbury
    23rd August 2016 / 12:49 am

    The polka dot design looks so pretty, mine never come out as good as that when I try to do nail art x

    • Lex
      26th September 2016 / 10:47 am

      Thank you Rhian! I have those moments too, sometimes the manicures just don’t cooperate!

  9. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    23rd August 2016 / 6:43 am

    Love the nail art, so cool! That red colour is really pretty!

    • Lex
      26th September 2016 / 10:49 am

      Thank you Jemma, I love the colour clash!

  10. annalisanuttall
    23rd August 2016 / 9:24 am

    Lovely nails art, looking at my nails I really need to do something with them. xx

    • Lex
      26th September 2016 / 10:50 am

      Thank you very much, I find it so relaxing to paint my nails so it’s my little bit of pampering!

  11. 23rd August 2016 / 9:39 am

    Wow how do you do anything with those nails never nind paint so beautifully, they’re incredible! Such a great fresh style

    • 26th September 2016 / 10:53 am

      Thank you Jo! I’ve had long nails for so long now that I find it harder to do things *without* them! Once you get used to long nails, you can do everything exactly the same really!

  12. 23rd August 2016 / 12:14 pm

    Lex, I absolutely love this, I can just about manage to paint my nails never mind add a bit of art to them x

    • 26th September 2016 / 10:59 am

      Thank you love! I need to make more time for nail art, I miss doing it!

  13. 24th August 2016 / 1:39 pm

    I love these nail polishes – such good value for money X

    • 26th September 2016 / 10:59 am

      They are so affordable and great quality! Thank you for reading 🙂

  14. 24th August 2016 / 5:33 pm

    Wow you did a fantastic job, I’d love to try doing that with my nails!

    • 26th September 2016 / 11:00 am

      Thank you very much! Give it a go, it’s a lot easier than it looks 🙂

  15. 24th August 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Can you do my nails please?! They look so fabulous! I wouldnt of thought to buy this brand.

    • 26th September 2016 / 11:01 am

      Thank you lovely! There are some great polishes on the high street now, this is definitely one of them!

  16. Kira C
    25th August 2016 / 12:04 am

    I love this look! I’m always up for trying new nail designs but then I never do! I’d love to try out these colours though! Definitely a pink and red kinda girl!

    • 26th September 2016 / 11:03 am

      I need to get back into doing nail art, I used to do some every week! Pink and red is always a great combo x

  17. 26th August 2016 / 11:20 pm

    Omg your nails are amazing! I don’t have the patience to do my nails but they’re gorgeous colours.

    • 26th September 2016 / 11:06 am

      Thank you very much! I find it really relaxing so try to make time to paint them 🙂

    • 26th September 2016 / 11:07 am

      Thank you very much! 🙂

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