I have to applaud Sally Hansen for consistently being on the front end of alot of big nail polish trends whether it be nail polish strips or magnetic polish or in this case gel polish. Several years ago the idea of doing a gel manicure at home wasn’t on most people’s radar. But now there are many at home gel options though they are all still on the expensive side which makes me appreciate even more what Sally Hansen has done with this kit. I was definitely excited to give this a try!
Sally Hansen’s Insta-Get Strips Starter Kit runs around $30 and contains everything you need to do an at home gel manicure (for comparison, most of these kits are $50+).
For all the details on this kit and my thoughts on the products check out my review below the jump!
Packaging: The packaging for this kit is very basic. It’s just a box that contains the mini LED lamp and everything else you need to do a gel manicure. There are very basic instructions on the side of the box as well as the claim that doing a gel manicure using the kit is easy and your manicure can last up to 2 weeks.
Contents: The kit includes a mini LED light and wall adapter, .14oz Sally Hansen Gel Top Coat (for reference the .5 oz OPI Gel Top Coat is $34), 16 Gel Polish Strips (my kit included the color Wine Not….these retail for $15 alone), 2 nail cleaner pads, a nail file and cuticle stick. A detailed set of instructions is also included.
The lamp: The mini LED lamp is the most important thing in this kit. This is what you use to cure the gel manicure. Pros: Easy to use. Just push the button in top of the lamp and leave the nail being cured under the lamp until it automatically turns off 30 seconds later. And of course the price. Cons: Because it is a mini lamp only one nail can be cured at a time (this doesn’t bother me but is worth pointing out). The lamp cannot be left plugged in because the button stays lit constantly.
The actual manicure: Doing a gel manicure using the Sally Hansen Insta Gel Strips is exactly the same as using their Salon Effects line just with an added step.
- Start by preping the nail (shape, push cuticles back, make sure nails are clean and free of oils).
- Next pick the strip that best fits each nail.
- Apply the strip molding it to the nail.
- Remove the excess using the provided nail file
- Apply the gel top coat one nail at a time and cure the nail under the lamp.
- After curing the nail it will still be sticky. Remove this residue using the provided nail cleaner wipes (or just a cotton round and rubbing alcohol).
Removal is fairly easy. Using an acetone based remover and my method of nail polish removal worked perfectly.
Additional info: This lamp can be used to cure any gel polish that requires an LED light. The included gel top coat can also be used on top of other nail strips (including Sally Hansen Salon Effects) to extend wear. I’m going to do a separate review on the Insta Gel Strips but to say the least, I don’t really like them. I’d definitely stick to the Salon Effects or a nail strip like OMG Nail Strips.
Overall I’m happy with this kit despite not liking the Insta Gel Strips. The lamp and gel top coat make it worth the price.
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