Recently, I received MINIs (9 mL versions of the pro size) of the Gelish Summer Colors of Paradise Collection. Armed with new info on gel mani removal that I learned through researching a story (coming soon in the August issue of Nailpro), I was convinced I could take it off in a few days with no damage. So I decided to give it a shot. The Colors of Paradise Collection includes six fun, bright shades. L-R: Tahiti Hottie (purple), Mali-Blue Me Away (blue), Rub Me the Sarong Way (teal), Lime All the Time (lime green), Rockin' the Reef (orange) and Pacific Sunset (pink). The purple is much deeper in person and some of the shades are brighter than my pics show.
I love soak-off gel color because it's so smooth and shiny. The formula was really nice - it brushed on practically like regular polish and it was easy to get very thin coats (the key to a good gel mani). It's important to follow all of the steps in the system for maximum wear (here's a how-to video). I used Tahiti Hottie for most of the nails; then freehanded the stripes with a nail art brush. I used three coats of each color. The stripes aren't perfectly sharp, but they look good to me. :)
I'm suddenly obsessed with Gelish. In fact, I swatched ahead for the blog so I could sport this mani for a whole week. It stays so shiny! To remove, you "break the seal" of the topcoat with a file, then soak-off using the foil method. Easy peasy. Every one of these shades makes a perfect pedicure.
Gelish Colors of Paradise Collection MINIs are available now at Sally Beauty. Licensed techs can get full-sized versions at CosmoProf. For news and promotions, follow Gelish on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.