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Today, I will be reviewing a nail polish in a series of three nail polishes which I bought some time back. Around last year, gel manicures were fast becoming a rage all over the world. These nail polishes were thicker than the normal ones, and had to be “set” on nails using some techniques like ultraviolet light. These gel manicure nail polishes retained their strength and shine for almost up to three weeks. There shine was beautiful; just as if freshly applied; and there was no or minimal chipping at the end of three weeks. Then it had to be removed by some other process (which is actually quite hard). These manicures had become a rage; and in India Lakme introduced a similar brand of nail polish named the “gel stylist” range. These nail polishes are just like simple nail polishes; but are supposed to give the illusion of an actual gel manicure.
Nails are fast becoming the next big beauty accessory for today’s fashionable woman who seeks professional and salon-based expertise to achieve highly styled nails. Inspired by this insight, the breakthrough Lakmé Absolute Gel Stylist range packs the performance of a gel manicure in a bottle to ensure glossy and plump nails in a single stroke. This break-through product range aims to introduce the global trend of gel based manicures in the country. It comes with a highly pigmented colour formula to ensure super glossy and plump nails. A singular simple stroke delivers rich colour and a high gloss finish that stays for long. The Absolute Gel Stylist comes in exciting shades ranging from tomato tang, coral flush to n*des like n*de glow and caramel melt. The range is your very own manicurist in a bottle giving you an unmatchable shine and the most perfectly styled nails.
How To Use:
First, apply a base coat of clear nail polish for a smooth surface to work on. Place a drop of polish at the bottom of the nail, just enough to cover your entire nail. Spread the polish in even strokes. Apply a second coat once the first coat dries for a richer color.
- Professional finish gel nails.
- High coverage.
- Rich color.
- Recommended by Lakmé’s makeup experts.
Rs. 400 for 15 ml product.
Available Shades: N*de Glow, Caramel Melt (something nu*e), Tomato Tango, Scarlet Red (something red); pink burst and pink champagne (something pink); and Electric Orange and Coral rush (the orange shades. These were the original shades launched last year; now Lakme has added another 8 stars to its constellation of Absolute Gel Stylist nail polish range. The newer ones include: Mint Julep, Blue Royale, Mystic Hue, Peach Schnapps, Pink Queen, Purple orchid, Grape Blossom and Amethyst.
My Take on Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Paint – Pink Champagne:
The Lakme Gel Stylist Nail polish come in a huge size bottle; which look like they hold a very large amount of product. However, the product held is a standard 15 ml.
The nail polishes have been launched in many delightful and glorious shades. There are shades available for everyone; for every occasion and every season. These actually look extremely gorgeous. The shade Pink Champagne is an extremely gorgeous shade of pink; with a hint of coral in it. It is sure to be liked; and will look good on all skin tones.
The brush is a flat brush, which fans out very well on the nails; and make the application extremely easy and perfect. The consistency is not very thick nor very runny; however, a wee bit thicker than the standard normal nail polish. The application of the nail polish is very easy. It distributes evenly on to the nails; giving a gorgeous and even coat of color within one stroke. I have applied two coats of nail polish in the pics; and the overall effect is shiny and gorgeous.
First coat of the nail polish dries quickly; within a minute or so. However, application of the second coat is bound to bring you trouble; as it does not dry equally fast. You are bound to have nicks and bedsheet prints all over the nails; unless you give it a long time to dry and harden completely; or apply some type of nail polish fixer. I had to give it an hour’s time; before I was completely satisfied with the drying.
Now, regarding the longevity. Does it last as well as a gel manicure? And the answer is disappointingly, NO. It starts chipping within the fourth day; earlier if you do all the house work and it loses its shine within 2-3 days. The quality of these gel stylist nail polishes has been really dismal in this regard. You cannot, at all keep it on your nails; looking bright and fresh for 3 weeks. I have kept it for a maximum of 7 days; before I had to remove it. For this quality, Lakme is indeed charging a high amount.
Pros of Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Paint – Pink Champagne:
- Gorgeous shades.
- Pink Champagne is a gorgeous light pink shade with hint of coral undertone in it.
- The brush applicator is flat; and extremely convenient to use.
- The nail polish gives a very nice shine on to the nails.
- It applies very fast; and the first coat dries out quickly.
- It applies smoothly; without any unevenness, or bubbles in it.
- Slightly thicker than normal nail polish gives it a gel-like feel.
- Removal is easy with a standard nail polish remover.
- Availability is good.
Cons of Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Paint – Pink Champagne:
- Does not retain shine for more than 2-3 days.
- Starts chipping by day 4.
- Expensive, considering the brand and the fact that this is not an actual gel nail polish.
Would I Repurchase Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Paint – Pink Champagne?
Probably no. I have two more shades in the same range, Tomato Tango and N*de Glow which I shall be reviewing next; and I am not very happy with the durability of the nail polish. And of course; a girl can never have too many of nail polish shades; right!!!!
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