I walked into Apron Bay the other day, planning to have my eyebrows threaded. Little did I expect I would also be getting a nail manicure.
But since I had time to kill, oh well, I did.
Apron Bay was having a promotion for gel manicures (RM78, instead of their usual RM90) and so I opted to give it a try.
The saloon uses Gelish nail polish, and I picked a pretty milky pink shade. It is quite a pretty and neutral shade. Perhaps a little boring, but well, that's kinda me.
The process is a little different, with them having to file my nail plates. It was frighteningly rough (so the gel would something to grip on), but after a base coat, three coats of nail polish and a top coat, it's as shiny as shiny gets. It didn't look quite as opaque when I tried it, but three coats of paint later, it's a slightly different story.
The whole process took about an hour and a half. After every layer, I had to stick my nails under the UV light for about 10 seconds. After the top coat, I had to stick my hands under the UV light for a good 30 seconds, and after that, the nails were dry. For good.
I could tap them nails, stick my hands into my handbag, open my wallet, take my cash out, and not a chip or dent in sight. And apparently, it's suppose to stay that way for a good 3 weeks.
And that is their selling point. They're suppose to last, last and laaaast.
It's been a good four days, and the nails have survived a crab-eating session and serious dish-washing, and still not a chip in sight. I'm quite impressed. (I'll report back in two weeks to let you know if they've lasted me the three weeks.)
What I don't look forward to, though, is the thought of removing the gel polishes, where my nails will have to be foil-wrapped in acetone, and then have the nail polishes manually scraped off.
Would I go for this again? What with the UV lights and the acetone... I somehow don't really think so.
It's pretty while it's on though. Have you tried a gel mani?