Today I am going to be reviewing a gel polish set that I purchased through Groupon. Now I must admit that I at first was a little bit hesitant to review this set and I’ll explain why.
After I made my purchase I patiently waited while it was shipped to me. Once it arrived I decided to research it a little bit before using it. During my researching process which I do have to admit was a little backwards ( I should have done my research before I bought it but that’s a lesson for a different post!) I found that there were MANY terrible online reviews. This made me a little nervous to use it but I figured what the hey- how bad could it be? The bad reviews were mostly from people that had purchased the products directly from Haute Polish. Apparently the way it works through their company is a little like a subscription where each month new items are sent for a fee. I purchased my products through Groupon and had no direct dealings with Haute Polish which seems as if it has saved me some headaches.
Now onto the polishes. I was so surprised to learn that it worked really well for me. I was actually impressed with the overall easy process to apply the gel polish.
Here is how it works-
Step 1- Use the cleaning swab to clean off any excess oils or dirt on your nails.
Step 2- Apply a coat of your selected gel polish color.
Step 3- Place your nail in the LED Cold Light and press the button located on the side. Wait for the light to shut off.
Step 4- Once the light has shut off apply a second coat of the same selected gel polish.
Step 5- Place your hand back in the LED Cold Light and press the button again. Keep your hands in the light until it shuts off.
Step 6- Use the finishing swab to remove any sticky residue left on your nails.
Voila! Your new gel polish is complete!
Now there is also a certain way to take off the polish as well.
Here’s how to complete that process-
Step 1- Cut open the top of the remover pocket and place finger inside. Keep your finger in there for about 10 minutes.
Step 2- Remove your finger and you should see the polish starting to peel off. Usually once this happens you can peel off the remaining polish. If the polish will not peel off just place your finger back in the remover pocket for a few extra seconds and that should take care of the remaining polish.
And that’s all you have to do to take it off.
Now I’d like to tell you what was included in the set.
Haute Polish Kit
24 Remover Pockets
12 Cleaner/Finisher Wipes
5 Detailing Wands
Cold Light LED Setting Light w/ A/C plug
A Replenisher Kit- which included the following-
24 Cleaner/Finisher Wipes
48 Remover Pockets
10 Detailing Wands
6 polishes in the following colors
Classic Red #901
Nail Color Swatch Booklet
I also did a swatch of each color as a practice run before I actually did my own nails.
The colors are from left to right and are – Paradise, Vampire, Tourmaline, Earth, Shy and Classic Red.
Now for the review!
Overall I really liked these gel polishes. I found them to be really easy to use. The 6 colors I received are really nice and I am overall happy with the options that I have with them. I found that applying the polish was really easy and using the Cold Light LED was even easier. All you really need to do is make sure it’s already plugged in before you start painting! The light is timed for you already. It made me a little nervous the first time I used it because your nails will come out all sticky. This will go away once you use the finishing wipes.
There was really only one thing that I dislike about this gel polish- the removal process. To be fair the process is not difficult but rather I found it to be somewhat time consuming. I basically had to keep each individual nail inside the remover packet for about 10 minutes which as you can tell would take a bit of time.
I also didn’t really like the way my nails looked after the polish was removed. They basically looked really dried out. They looked similar to when you have acrylic removed.
On the plus side, the polish did stay on without any issues for about a week. This lasted longer than any typical polish I have used.
Easy application process
Longer lasting polish
Time consuming removal process
Unhealthy looking nails after removal
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (3/5)
These are just a few pictures of my nails after my first use. The color is Tourmaline #907. (As you can tell I need a little bit more practice around the edges!)
The Haute Polish Gel Manicure Set rated 3/5 for me. I feel as though the application process is quite simple and easy. I also really like that the polish lasted about a week for me without any chipping. The only downside that I can see is the removal process which is probably very similar to having acrylics removed, or even a gel manicure that you would get at a salon. I did notice that my nails were not as strong as they had been before applying the gel polish which makes me think that I should probably only use it for long periods of time. I typically like to do my nails a few times a week which is probably not the best idea with this polish. It is probably better for me to use when I am going out of town and unable to bring all my nail stuff with me.
I would also like to note that I did not have any direct dealings with Haute Polish. I have read many reviews from people that have had terrible experiences with this company. Fortunately for me, I purchased my set through Groupon so I can only give you my honest opinion about the product itself.
***This product was purchased by me and this is an honest review about my experiences with the product. I did not receive any compensation for this review***