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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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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, 6 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 2 years 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 2 years, 2 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, 5 months ago
littlewrists
(Boston, MA)
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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, 5 months 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, 5 months 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 2 years, 1 month 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, 5 months ago
foghorn3782
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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, 5 months 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 11 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 2 years, 1 month 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 2 years, 2 months ago
susilva
(10024)
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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 2 years, 2 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, 6 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 2 years, 1 month ago
laurafan567658
(new york, new york)
answer 3
Youwould have a sticky mess. There is a chemical reaction from the UV/LED light.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
MichelleDianne
(El Sobrante CA)
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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 8 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 5 months, 3 weeks 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 6 months 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 7 months ago
mirabellesmom
(Sacramento)
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other gel nail color
can I use other brand's gel nail color with Sephora's as well?
asked 1 month, 1 week ago
shpshpshp
(fairfax, va)
on gelshine™ Gel Colour
3 answers
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answer 1
Yes! I've used all sorts of different brands and they all work the same. The light and the technique is the most important part. I've used at least four different brands and haven't had any problems so far.
answered 1 week, 6 days ago
stinsley
(Fayetteville ar)
answer 2
then Can I use with OPI gelcolor ? instead of gelshine???
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answered 1 month, 1 week ago
shpshpshp
(fairfax, va)
answer 3
Our Gelshine LED light is designed to only cure the Sephora Gelshine polishes and will not cure other LED gel polishes from other brands.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
kevinbt
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OPI gel color with gelshine LED
can I use gelshine LED wwith regular OPI gel color?
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asked 1 month ago
shpshpshp
(fairfax, va)
on gelshine™ Gel Colour
3 answers
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answer 1
I tried it and it didn't last nor did it look good. You really the correct polish. Also after you apply the top coat the color actually changed and didn't look anything like itself. By the way tried it in the salon as well using O.P.I and this technique and still didn't work--a waste of time and money.
answered 1 week, 6 days ago
stinsley
(Fayetteville ar)
answer 2
Using OPI nail polish with a UV gel topcoat isn't recommended. Regular nail polish takes up to a full day to dry and if you add the gel topcoat you are just going to lock in the moisture and most likely ruin your nails a lot sooner than if you had used a regular topcoat.
answered 1 month ago
Corrine88
(Kitchener, Ontario)
answer 3
Hi there,

Yes, you can use 2 products together.

Best,
Anna
answered 1 month ago
AnnaBT
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can you use a UV lamp for this application
must you use LED lamp or can you use UV lamp
asked 2 years, 6 months ago
lalaliggy
(BONITA SPRINGS, FL.)
on gelshine™ Gel Colour
2 answers
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answer 1
For this you must use an LED light
answered 1 year ago
sewell137
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 2
You can use either! I have a UV lamp my friend gave me, and it works just fine- this is just like any other gel polish :-)
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
cmack99
(Surprise, AZ)
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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, 6 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, 8 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, 5 months ago
littlewrists
(Boston, MA)
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Colors compare to "standard OPI"?
I have some OPI and "Sehora OPI" polish colors. Do any of the gel colors match (or come close) to existing colors?
asked 2 years, 6 months ago
tdsollog
(Mays Landing, NJ)
on gelshine™ Gel Colour
2 answers
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answer 1
I think that they're identical too. I don't have any Sephora for OPI colors, but before I purchase a GelColour bottle, I check to see if I like the color in the traditional nail polish. I have only been disappointed with "I Only Shop Vintage" and I think that it was because the store's lighting made the color seem brighter than it does in regular lights.
answered 2 years ago
Shingleton
(Raleigh, NC)
answer 2
Hi.
I tried the color "wired" as normal polishing and as a gel and it was exactly the same color.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
susilva
(10024)
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