First Impressions: Sensationail Deluxe Starter KitWednesday, 7 January 2015 15:18
First and foremost I want to thank everyone who has stuck with me patiently over the past 6 months. I've had a bit of a blogging hiatus, but I'm itching to get back into the blogosphere! I'm ready and armed with a new camera and my first post of 2015 is going to be a look at the Sensationail Deluxe Starter Kit.
The Sensationail sets have been around for well over a year now, so I'm quite late to the party. I treated myself to the Deluxe Starter Kit just before Christmas and I've since purchased a few more colours and I am hugely impressed so far. I won't go into a huge amount of detail around the full process, but I'll try to give more of a quick overview.
This particular kit comes with everything you need to get started, including the Pro 3060 LED Lamp, 2 gel nail colours in 'Pink Chiffon' and 'Raspberry Wine' , 2 gold and silver glitter shakers, gel cleanser, gel primer, gel base and top coat and a remover tool. Sensationail claim that if you follow the instructions correctly, your manicure should last for 2 weeks without flaking or chipping.
There are a few steps you must take before you can begin to paint on the gel colour and cure it, including buffing your nails, cleansing them and preparing them with the provided primer and gel base coat. I found the preparation process took around 10-15 minutes but I could probably cut that down next time, as I had to keep flicking back to the instructions.
I had already bought some new colours to use with the starter kit as I had some Boots Advantage Card points to use. I bought the colours 'Rose Gold' and 'Purple Orchid'. For my first go with this kit I couldn't resist using the 'Rose Gold' polish, as it was the only glitter polish I had and I was dying to try it out. I was a little worried at first as I thought the colour was more pink than I thought it would be, I imagined it would be more of a golden colour, but in the end I loved it anyway.
After curing two coats of the gel colour and a further coat of the base and top coat, I cleansed my nails again and the manicure was finished. My only criticism at this point would be that the lamp is a little small, so I found I had to cure the polish on my thumbs separately. However, it wasn't too much of a problem considering the results.
... and here is the finished result! I am incredibly happy with how the manicure turned out. I'd say the process took about 40 minutes altogether, but this was my first go so I think I could speed the process up next time. The finish is perfect, so much more glossy and shiny than regular nail polish. I can't confirm whether the manicure lasts for two weeks yet, but I'll post an update in a few weeks.
I used the kit on Saturday and it is now Wednesday and there is no sign of any chipping yet. I think this is pretty impressive considering I have washed up several time since then and haven't exactly been careful with my nails.
I was lucky enough to purchase the set when it was on half price at Boots for £55 and I got a little more money off with my staff discount, but it is usually £110. I think full price is a little steep, but if you can catch this set on offer again I thoroughly recommend snapping it up!
The extra gel colours are £15 but were one buy-one-get-one-half-price at Boots last week. There are loads of extra colours available- I now have my eye on 'Little Gold Dress'.
Thanks for reading and if you're interested, keep a look out for my update shortly!