Broadway Nails Real Life Brush-On Gel Nail Kit, £13.49, Boots
Another trip to Boots, another great find! Ever since the whole gel nails mania started I wanted to have mine done, but never really made the effort. So when I spotted the Broadway Nails Real Life Brush-On Gel Nail Kit (phew!) I thought I’d give it a try. I’d never seen anything like this before in the high street, and it looked quite good.
The kit lasts for 2 complete applications and it comes with 3 bottles (brush-on gel, brush-on activator and brush cleanser), 48 short length tips and a massive nail file. How does it work?
- Apply the tips on the nails like normal stick-on fake nails; file to level them with the surface of your nail.
- Brush on the gel;
- Immediately after the gel, brush on the activator whist the gel is still wet, using the brush from the ‘brush cleanser’ bottle. Before moving on to the next nail, dip the brush back into the cleanser, then dip it into the activator to start a new nail. That will make sure the brush won’t carry any residues from previous nails.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 and wait for the nails to dry.
- Apply nail varnish.
Broadway Nails claims this kit is perfect for beginners, and I couldn’t agree more. It’s easy to use and the instructions are quite clear. I decided to use the brush-on gel and the activator on my own nails because they were long enough naturally, so I didn’t need to do the whole fake nails application step. After applying the gel and the activator twice, I waited for about 10 minutes for my nails to dry (they looked amazing without any nail varnish on; so shiny and smooth!), then I applied one coat of nail varnish and one coat of my favourite top coat.
Unlike many other gel nail manicures, the Broadway Nails kit doesn’t require UV lights. I’m not an expert on the subject, so I can’t really talk about the benefits/downsides of UV lights, but if this works without UV lights it’s even better! The one big downside is the really strong smell of the liquids. It’s even recommended to use in a well ventilated area. So if you’re sensitive to smells, you may want to put on a little mask around your nose and mouth.
The end result was gorgeous! My nails look professionally done and incredibly shiny. I’ll wait a few days to see how good is the durability, but I like it so far. Next time I’ll give it a go with the tips and a darker polish :)
Have you ever tried the Brush-On Gel Nail Kit? How would you compare it to salon gel manicures?
Broadway Nails Real Life Brush-On Gel Nail Kit is available NOW from Boots, priced at £13.49 and it’s currently on a 3 for 2 offer.