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SEPHORA by OPI gelshine™ Gel Colour

What it is: A high-shine, long-lasting gel nail color. What it does: Create super glossy nails in an instant with no smudges, streaks, or chips with this perfect addition to any at-home manicure or pedicure. The intense shine doesn't fade, and the eye-popping Gel Colour lasts up to two weeks. It goes on thin and offers the superb coverage of a polish, yet requires no dry time thanks to 30-second LED technology that "cures" color instantly.
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Questions & Answers for SEPHORA by OPI gelshine™ Gel Colour

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Can I paint over the gel with regular polish?
If I just want to change the color, can I paint over the gel with regular nail polish? I didn't know if the polish would dry or if it would work. Do you need to use the light to dry regular polish painted on the gel?
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
lucy0814
(Butler, PA)
on gelshine™ Gel Colour
3 answers
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answer 1
Yes you can. I got tired of the gel color after a couple of weeks, so just painted on regular coloured polish (nails inc.) two coats of color plus top coat & it has lasted about a week & is just starting to wear off, not chip, wear.
answered 7 months ago
canadastylesmith
(ST Albert, AB)
answer 2
I use top a clear top coat with my gel manis to keep them fresh looking, as I would any other regular mani, and I've never had a problem. I don't use an LED.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
sawkrateez
answer 3
yes, you can. After having used the base coat you can use normal polish. Before using the top coat you should wait until the polish is completely dry. Do not use the LED to dry the polish. It wont dry.
I have tried normal polish once. It did not really worked out as good as I wanted, as I put on the top coat to early.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
susilva
(10024)
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damaging to nails?
A friend of mine got a shellac on her nails at a salon and said that the removal process (having to have it soaked off) really damaged her nails. Because of that, I've been too scared to get shellac or a gel manicure, but this sounds great and I really want to get it. Does removing the polish damage your nails at all, because mine are VERY thin and fragile so I need to be really careful. Thanks for any info!!
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
becks313
(ashburn, va)
on gelshine™ Gel Colour
3 answers
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answer 1
I don't find it to be any more damaging than normal nail polish. Remember, you're only applying/removing every 10-14 days. If you remove it correctly, it is very drying, but won't make your nails splinter or break. I've found that because it creates a hard surface, your nails won't break as much.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
shelbylicious
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 2
Yes its a little damaging. Its not as bad as the old school fake nails were, now that was SUPER damaging. This is not that bad. I would say weigh out the pros and cons. For me personally, if my nails arent painted, I feel like Im not done up. but I dont have time to repaint my nails every 2 days when they chip, so for me gel is worth it. Is it worth it for you? I dont know, you decide. But yes, it will lightly damage your nails. But might be worth it for two weeks of beautiful manicure
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
laurafan567658
(new york, new york)
answer 3
Full disclosure, I have pretty thick nails so take this with a grain of salt. I have been doing gel manicures both in the salon and at home for a while now, and I have found that the removal process (either at home or in the salon) is a bit harsh. Generally my nails are a bit more brittle than usual and weirdly sensitive to heat for a day or two after I take them off, but they generally get back to normal after that as long as I use a cuticle oil and moisturize. When I first started doing the gel I would do manicures back to back, reapplying right after I took it off, and after three cycles of that they did get pretty dry. Now I give at least 5 days (so maybe a full week for you?) between each one and I haven't had any problems whatsoever. BUT on the bright side the gel is so strong that your nails WILL NOT break at all while it's on so its really easy to grow them out! It works so well for this that now whenever I partially break a nail I will do a gel coat on top to seal the break back until it grows out.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
littlewrists
(Boston, MA)
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Can Gelshine be used as a nail polish without an LED lamp?
Forgive my ignorance, but what would happen if I used this Gelshine as a regular nail polish without a lamp to "cure" it? Would it still work as well but just require longer drying time? Or is there something I am missing about the importance of the lamp? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks...
asked 1 year, 10 months ago
maggielo
(Eureka, CA)
on gelshine™ Gel Colour
3 answers
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answer 1
No, you can't use the colors without the lamp - they won't dry. But almost all of the gelshine colors are available as regular Sephora by OPI colors, and they're on sale now!
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
lissathecocoa
(New York, NY)
answer 2
The lamp is crucial for the gel polishes to work, they will not dry like regular nail polish. I would recommend either to buy the lamp or to stick with traditional polish. Trust me on this, I only work with gel, they will not dry without the lamp and you will end up with a sticky mess.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
laurafan567658
(new york, new york)
answer 3
Youwould have a sticky mess. There is a chemical reaction from the UV/LED light.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
MichelleDianne
(El Sobrante CA)
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gel colour
My nails nails feel tacky after applying base/color/top coat. I even cured my nails extra time. What is the reason? What can I do?
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
donsusan2029
(Port Charlotte, FL)
on gelshine™ Gel Colour
3 answers
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answer 1
I experienced the same results simply because I failed to complete all the steps laid out in the instructions.

Like the other responders mentioned, wipe with the clean spray, as the final step.

I was in panic during my first application. Now knowing and following all instructions, I am more than satisfied with the results. My nails have never looked better. Professional results!
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
hazelroseglow
(Calgary, AB - Canada)
answer 2
they are supposed to be tacky. try not to touch them. after the top coat, clean with the cleaner and the tacky comes right off and the shine comes right up!
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
MichelleDianne
(El Sobrante CA)
answer 3
You have to use rubbing alcohol or the fancy stuff included in the kit to take off the tackiness. The how-to video explains in more detail what to do, but that's why your nails are still sticky :)
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
foghorn3782
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Can I take this to a salon for them to use on me?
I don't always like the color selection salons offer. I was hoping I could bring this in for my manicurist to use on me instead of relying on their color options. Has anyone done this?
asked 5 months ago
abbywray
(San Francisco, CA)
on gelshine™ Gel Colour
3 answers
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answer 1
I get manicures and pedicures often and I always bring my own nail polishes for the technician to use, even the base and top coats. I prefer to use my own colours as I don't often find colours that I like at the salon.
answered 2 months ago
SharonElaine
(Ottawa, Ontario)
answer 2
I see no reason why your manicurist would refuse to use your own personal Gel Color. I bought the kit so I could change my colors often, but before I owned my kit, I had a certain color purchased at a boutique that I took for my manicurist to use.She did not discount her services but was glad to do what I liked with my nails, so go ahead, take your color...any good manicurist will not say no.
answered 2 months, 2 weeks ago
1SultrySCENTNut
(GREAT LAKES REGION - OH)
answer 3
I have always bought my stuff to get my nails done. Just make sure you get it back!
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
mirabellesmom
(Sacramento)
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can you use traditional polishes with this set as well for similar wear?
can you use traditional polishes with this set as well for similar wear?
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
jinglesdelarock
(Indianapolis, IN)
on gelshine™ Gel Colour
2 answers
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answer 1
you can also paint normal nail polish on top of a completed manicure. Just remove with non-acetone remover to go back to the old manicure
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
crimsonshadow
(Hampton, VA)
answer 2
No, it's the polish not the light that makes it last so long. You have to use the gel polish.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
littlewrists
(Boston, MA)
Question
Compare
How does these compare to Shellac and Gelish colors? I use both of those and like both, with the Shellac being thinner and Gelish adding a thicker coat. I just wondered if these lasted as long or how they compared to either of the above polish/gel/hybrids.
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
coolmom3
(Washington State)
on gelshine™ Gel Colour
2 answers
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answer 1
I have the Red Carpet line and the Sensationail line and they definitely don't last as long as Gelish. This brand is definitely thicker and doesn't chip as easily
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
ckn2386
(Bethesda, MD)
answer 2
I've used the opi colors with the Gelish system and have had no problems with ompatability or durability. OPI's 'bare to be different' is similar to Gelish's 'little princess'. I'm pretty happy using 3 coats of either of these to get that perfect sheer pale pinkish white everyday color.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
etta1
(Chicago)
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Can you use OPI GelColor Polish with the OPI GelShine Kit
There a lot of other colors available currently for the OPI GelColor line. Will this line of polishes work with this kit until OPI Gelshine gets more colors. Is it interchangable since the polishes are both gel bases? Thanks
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
tralynn333
(Nashville, TN)
on gelshine™ Gel Colour
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes, you can. In fact, you can use any line of gel polish with this set. I've used OPI Gel Color and Gelish polishes, they came out fantastic
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
chance3193
(Boone NC)
answer 2
This is a Gel nail varnish that must be used with any UV or LED gel nail system.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
esthetics
(Calgary, AB)
Question
i have a question regarding gelshine
Is this polish the same as the Gel polish for nails that is used in nail salons?
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(Trenton, NJ)
on gelshine™ Gel Colour
2 answers
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answer 1
It is the same process and use; but a slightly different brand is all. I go to a nail tech in a salon, and she did not have these colors because they are not OPI alone; they are OPI by Sephora. So, I gladly bought up some and took it in. Same process and excellent result. :)
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
Krinkle04
(Dover, DE)
answer 2
It's the same type of product, just a different brand
answered 2 years ago
Kittybiscut
(Lincoln, Nebraska)
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Does this nail polish require a UV light device to "cure" it?
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
NadyaH
(Dalton, GA)
on gelshine™ Gel Colour
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes. You need to buy the gelshine kit to use this nail polish.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
vintageglamour
(Houston, TX)
answer 2
Yes. It is included in the kit.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(El Paso, TX)
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