Sephora by OPI Gelshine System, Review

Sephora says: This system delivers optimal results with salon technology. This Sephora exclusive is fully loaded with all the necessary tools for the perfect at-home gel manicure, featuring the highest quality gel formula on the market, and one of fastest LED cures with the smartest removal system. With invincible wear for up to two weeks, zero chipping, zero dry time, and the highest shine available, the patented, unique, professional grade formula is sure to leave your nails ultra-glossy and perfectly pretty.

I don’t know why I didn’t hop on the gel polish bandwagon sooner, because I absolutely love it!  As part of my new years beauty resolution, I vowed to never sport a chipped mani.  That’s why I finally splurged on the at-home gel system.  It takes me about 45 minutes to complete both hands, but the polish lasts for the 2 weeks (as promised!).   The process is simple:

1) Prep nails by trimming cuticles and buffing and cleaning the surface.

2) Apply base coat to 4 nails (all except thumb), cure under LED light for 30 seconds.  Repeat on the thumb.

3) Apply color coat to 4 nails.  Cure for 30 seconds.  Repeat on thumb.

4) Apply another color coat to 4 nails.  Cure for 30 seconds.  Repeat on thumb.  A third coat can been applied if necessary.

5)  Apply top coat to 4 nails.  Cure for 30 seconds.  Repeat on thumb.  Then, repeat entire process on other hand.

The system does what it promises, gives me a 2 week no-chip mani.  As far as application, you have to make sure to apply thin coats and shake each bottle really well.  The directions included walk you through every step, and there’s even a QR code that you can scan it will take you to a how-to video.  I like that this has and LED light (opposed to a UV) because it is safer.  LED lights also require less cure time.   My biggest complaint:  I want to change my polish color after about 2 days.  Oh, the agony.  I guess I’ll live.  Maybe.

Glitter Rating: 5 / 5

Where: Sephora, Amazon. Price: $159.00 (includes 1 gel color of your choice).
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Everything in the kit, including tools for prep & removal and the gel color that I picked.

Step-by-step instructions.

LED light. Goes off automatically after 30 seconds.

3 coats of High Bridge.

The Sephora gel ($17.50/0.29oz) only comes in 19 colors, so I’ve been venturing out and using the Gelish colors ($14.95/0.3oz) because there’s a lot more options.  So far, I haven’t had any problems with the Gelish polish!  It still doesn’t chip, just like the Sephora gel.

Have you tried to do you own gel manicure?  What’s your favorite system?

Where: Sephora, Amazon. Price: $159.00 (includes 1 gel color of your choice).

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4 thoughts on “Sephora by OPI Gelshine System, Review

  1. that’s my issue with gel/shellac – I want to change the colour within 3 – 4 days. How have you found taking the colour off?

  2. Couldn’t you just apply the base gel coat and change whatever nail polish you want to whenever?

    • I actually just tried that last night. I did the base coat, cured it, then 3 coats of regular nail polish. I had to let it completely dry, so about 30 minutes. Then I did the top coat and cured it. So far it looks great, we’ll see how long it lasts!

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