Friday, November 8, 2013

Gelish Foil Nail Art Kit Review So, I spent the better part of October relentlessly hounding every Sally's Beauty within a 15 mile radius of my home, calling and asking when they were going to get the new Gelish Nail Art Kits in. It wasn't until October 31st that I went into a Sally's, asked if they had any of the kits... AND THEY DID!!
I've been particularly interested in the Foil Nail Art Kit, as foil nail art was something I've never tried but had always been curious about. I bought the kit without knowing anything about it, other than that it existed, so I eagerly opened up the kit the second I got in the car to see what was inside.
Gelish Foil Nail Art Kit Review
This seems silly in retrospect, but I had no idea the kit would include polish! The kit comes with:
  • 1 Gelish Black Shadow mini polish
  • 1 Gelish Black Cherry Berry mini polish
  • 10 different foil sheets
  • 1 wooden cuticle pusher stick
  • A How-To booklet
I was excited about the Black Cherry Berry (yay! new colors!) but, being completely new to foil nail art, I looked at the foil sheets and thought, "Hmm, that doesn't seem like much..." We'll revisit that thought later. ;)
Gelish Foil Nail Art Kit Review
After ogling my new polish I wanted to look through the booklet and see how difficult the process would be. (If you're curious, the QR code leads here: The answer: not difficult at all! It's a 6-step process (well, 3, really) that I'll walk through with you. My fiancée volunteered to be the guinea pig on this little experiment. :)
Gelish Foil Nail Art Kit Review
2 coats of The Dark Side

First up, apply 2 coats of your base coat. The directions use the included Black Shadow, but we went with The Dark Side (which, by the way, is WAY more gorgeous than I've ever given it credit for! It's a lovely blue/green/purple/teal.) The instructions then say to let the polish sit on your nails for a full minute after curing the second coat to "let the tacky layer thicken". Truthfully, I had no idea the tacky layer thickened...
Gelish Foil Nail Art Kit Review
Foil scrubbed into the tacky layer with my nail

Next, apply the foil silver side down (colored side up) to the tacky polish layer and press into the polish. I did the initial press and lifted the foil to find only a couple teensy pieces of foil had transferred onto the nail. I pressed the foil back down and began to scrub across it with my thumb nail to REEEALLY transfer the foil into the nail and was happy with the result. I was also suprised by how little foil actually transfers off the foil sheets, so my previous concern about the size and quantity of the foil sheets is moot.
Gelish Foil Nail Art Kit Review
Only a tiny corner of the foil sheet transferred to the nail

Next up, their instructions say to apply a thin coat of Black Cherry Berry over the foil, but I went with another thin coat of The Dark Side. That extra coat of polish really gives the foil a nice, finished look. Before putting the extra coat of polish on it just kinda looked like I'd tried to peel a sticker of my nail and some of the glue and backing was left behind.
Gelish Foil Nail Art Kit Review
A thin coat of The Dark Side completely changes the look of the foil

You finish off with TIO and Cleanse, as usual, and here is our final look:
Gelish Foil Nail Art Kit Review
All in all it was really fun, quick, and easy! It's definitely a simple way to add a little extra pizzaz to your nails. This seems like a really good kit for someone who is just starting their Gelish collection, something you could get in addition to the Basics kit and a couple of colors. I'll be curious to see what kinds of nail art I can do with the foil. :)

Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments (and, since this is my first review, let me know if I missed any important points/concerns!).


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