I was really interested in both the Sensationail Fuse Gelnamel UV Starter Kit* & Gel Polish Removal Kit* because they are both products with great premises– easy at home application of gel polish, and easy removal– but unfortunately neither of them really impressed me in execution. Sensationail Fuse Gelnamel UV Starter Kit comes with everything you need to give yourself a gel manicure, one nail at a time. There are a variety of shades you can have in your starter kit, and I got a bright magenta. It also includes a USB-powered LED lamp, a cleanser, an orange stick, and a nail file/buffer. To apply the polish you buff and cleanse your nails and then apply the polish. The lamp works on only one finger, and it automatically turns on for the 30 seconds you need to cure the polish. You can then apply a second coat if you want, and when you’re finished you cleanse again for a shiny finish. The polish was quite sheer for me so I went with three coats in the below photo, but the instructions do say 1 or 2, so I went with two on my other hand when testing out the wear of the polish.
In terms of application, I found the polish in the Sensationail Fuse Gelnamel UV Starter Kit to be thick and gloopy. It does self-level if you give it a moment, but like I said, even with three coats it is sheer. However there isn’t much of a difference between two or three coats, and give the time the application takes (at least 30 seconds a finger) I’d stick with two. I really love how portable and easy the lamp is, and it can even be turned around to do your toes, but it does take a long time to only do one finger at a time. However you avoid needing a base or top coat, which does save time.
The real disappointment for me with the Sensationail Fuse Gelnamel UV Starter Kit was the wear of the polish–I did not find it to be significantly different than a traditional nail polish and a good top coat. It lasted me about 2 to 3 days. Maybe if I only had one coat it would have lasted longer because it would have been thinner, but it was very sheer, so I would never wear it that way. The removal was pretty easy because most of the polish just peeled off my nails– I’m not sure why that happened, but it did. I only had this one shade to try out, and I would hope that other shades were different, but based on my experience I wouldn’t be rushing out to try them.
In addition to the Sensationail Fuse Gelnamel UV Starter Kit, I had the matching Gel Polish Removal Kit, which comes with enough foil wraps for 30 nails along with a file/buffer and an orange stick. I was really excited about this, and when the gel polish disappointed and came off really easy, I decided to test these out on some horrible glitter polish instead. I was really surprised when I opened the package though– these is actually no polish remover in this kit at all. Instead it is simply pieces of foil with a cotton pad on it. The foil is cut to a good size to wrap around your finger, but this is pointless for travel because you’d have to bring the polish remover anyway.
The Gel Polish Removal Kit says to add acetone to the pad and wrap it around your finger for ten minutes– sound familiar? Most people who have dealt a lot with glitter polish have used the foil method before, and that’s exactly what this is! The only difference is that you’re paying for the cotton pad to be pre-stuck to the foil. Does it work? Yes, but so does normal aluminum foil with a cotton pad inside. I am not a big fan of this method because it involves sticking polish remover on your cuticles for a long time and it can be very drying, so if you use this kit make sure to moisturize afterwards. I don’t like doing negative reviews but every once in awhile a product is a miss, and unfortunately that’s what happened with the Sensationail Fuse Gelnamel UV Starter Kit & Gel Polish Removal Kit for me. It is only my experience so if you are interested in trying them out definitely check out other reviews.
Have you tried either of these products? Do you do at home gel nails? Let me know what your experiences have been in the comments.