How To Get A Gel Manicure Finish Without The UV Lamp + Damage

After a traumatic gel manicure experience at a salon, I vowed never to get one again (it made my nails sooo brittle). The problem? I’d catch myself staring longingly at the extra shiny and vivid finish vivid colors of gals with gel manis. #NailEnvy

Trying GirlStuff Forever's new Solique Gel Polish line. Look at the booths at the back—we got to choose a pretty scarf and ring post-mani, too!

Trying the new Solique Gel Polish line from Girlstuff. Look at the booths at the back—we got to choose a pretty scarf and ring post-mani, too!

Now don’t get confused—I technically haven’t broken my vow about gel manicures that need to be cured with LED or UV lamps. Girlstuff’s Solique gel polish line is actually unique because its formula gives you all the perks of a gel mani (like high shine, intense color) and it’s supposed to stay chip-free longer. The difference? You just apply it like regular polish!

The Solique line has 6 shades, but these are my top picks: Hush (baby pink), Baby Blue, and Just A Fantasy (pink).

The Solique line has 6 shades, but these are my top picks: Hush (baby pink), Baby Blue, and Just A Fantasy (pink). The price? P180 each.

What’s even more awesome is that you don’t have to go to the salon and torture your nails with the whole “nail foil” removal technique. The Solique polish can be removed using regular nail polish remover and it’s 5-Free also (meaning no toxic ingredients like toulene and formaldehyde).

You just need to use a special top coat to lock in the color and give your polish an extra glossy finish.

You just need to use a special top coat (P200) to lock in the color and give your polish an extra glossy finish.

Okay, so now that you know what the Solique line is all about, let’s see it what it looks like on me and find out how long it actually stayed chip-free!

I tried the shade Love Me Like You Do. This light gray hue was a popular pick amongst the bloggers at the event. Totally bummed that it wasn't in my kit, but at least it won't be to expensive when I shop. Hehe!

I tried the shade Love Me Like You Do. This light gray hue was a popular pick amongst the bloggers at the event. P.S. My lovely ring is from Joanique–will blog about that soon on Sparkle Bites!

This was applied on a Tuesday and I was leaving for my Davao trip on Thursday. I know girls love getting gel manis because it stays perfect for about two weeks, so I was curious to see if it would stay chip-free while I traveled over the weekend.

This was taken on Monday, so that's exactly 7 days.

The polish is also supposed to get shinier whenever you expose it to the sun, but I didn’t really see that happen. Took this pic last Monday, so that’s exactly 7 days after application.

I noticed that my nails started chipping by Friday or Saturday, but because of the shade, it wasn’t that obvious. I saw a few bloggers comment on social media that their polish lasted and stayed chip-free, but unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for me. Hmm…maybe if you’re not in transit, it’ll last longer? Will have to try again.

Here's a look at my other hand. Surprisingly, it's not so bad here even though I'm right-handed.

Here’s a look at my other hand. Surprisingly, it’s not so bad here even though I’m right-handed.

I think the best tip I can give you is to make sure that you apply the polish in room temperature with the fans and air-conditioner turned off. During the event, the nail artists had a hard time painting our nails because of this and I think that’s probably one of the reasons why the polish chipped so easily (I can go up to two weeks with regular polish sometimes when I’m just in Manila).

One last look at the pretty shades from the Girlstuff Solique line!

One last look at the pretty shades from the Girlstuff Solique line!

Even though the Solique line lasts just as long as regular nail polish, I’d still buy it for the shades and the envy-worthy shine it gave sans damage. I was even bummed when I noticed that my kit didn’t include Love Me Like You Do (the color I wore to Davao). I’ll definitely buy that shade the next time I hit Megamall—it’s such an affordable, guilt-free nail treat!

What do you think of the Girlstuff Solique line? Yay or nay? ♥

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  • jeremy

    I’m a nail polish lover and I definitely like most of the shades of solique especially the love me like you do, baby blues and it’s just a fantasy. Seen it on Instagram:) I think this line is worth to try but I hope it will stays a little longer than the regular nail polish. Btw, your ring is so pretty! Actually its the first I notice on the photo than your nail polish. Hehe. Thanks for the review;)

    • Love Me Like You Do is the best one for me! Will have to test its lasting power again. And yes, that ring!! <3