Thursday, 1 January 2015

DIY Gel Nails // Splurge or Save?

Sensationail Starter Kit £70*

Fuse Gelnamel Starter Kit £35*

Somewhat a beauty fool, I was terrified at the idea of doing gel nails myself. I've only worn false eyelashes once, the same with hair extensions, and I feel like I'm still mastering liquid eyeliner. I'm rarely seen in a beauty or hair salon - I've never even had my nails 'done.'

I've been trying out two DIY gel nail kits, both on myself and on my mum, mainly because I can only paint my toe nails thanks to my job! I compared the classic Sensationail kit, and the Fuse kit. Although both have generally similar outcomes, they market pretty differently. The Sensationail kit is definitely more 'pro.' Its almost double the price, requires priming and finishing and generally pretty off-putting with its many levels (but so worth it). On the other hand, the Fuse kit is definitely more compact, and quicker to use as the nails don't require priming. 

There is a cost with a cheaper, more convenient kit though, as the results with the Fuse kit just aren't as good as the original Sensationail kit (pictured above). Although the results were pleasing, my toenails chipped after a week of Fuse, and gradually got worse until I had to remove the lot. The Sensationail finish though, looked smooth and utterly professional, it was so easy to work with, despite taking longer! The finish also lasted for a couple of weeks at least, although it did chip slightly on one finger during heavy work a little while before. 

My verdict? Its definitely worth shelling out on the Sensationail kit. Its double the price and takes twice as long, but if you're looking for a truly professional, smooth finish last lasts, this is what you want. The Fuse kit is perfect if you're in a bit of a rush but want something that looks better than standard polish for a shorter time period!

Have you tried either of these?
S xx 



  1. This post is perfect as the Sensationail kit is on offer in my work just now so I had been contemplating making the splurge, I'm even more tempted now! I really want to be able to do my own gel nails as they're the only thing that seems to withstand a bit of heavy handedness in my job and Sensationail is looking like the best option x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

  2. That sounds like a great kit. I would love nice nails :( x

  3. I am currently trialling Essence mini gel kit with a lamp like the Fuse one and I am hooked! I love the shiney finish but I am still learning how to master it, I have noticed I need to give my nails a break in between doing them as it does weaken your nails.



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