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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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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, 5 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, 11 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 2 years, 1 month 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, 4 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 2 years, 1 month 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, 5 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 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 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, 4 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, 4 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 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, 4 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, 4 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 10 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 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, 1 month ago
susilva
(10024)
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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 7 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 4 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 5 months, 1 week 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 6 months ago
mirabellesmom
(Sacramento)
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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, 5 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 1 year, 11 months 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, 1 month ago
susilva
(10024)
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Bare to Be Different ok for French Manicure
I love your Gel Nail kit, but like an American or French manicure. Is the Bare to Be Different too pink for that? It appears so on the website.
asked 2 years, 4 months ago
dmfohio
(Cincinnati, OH)
on gelshine™ Gel Colour
2 answers
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answer 1
Bare to be different is perfect for that. I use that shade all the time and it just has a slight hint of color in it. The color showing on the website isn't accurate.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
sewell137
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 2
Bare to be Different is very sheer and light and could be used for a French mani...it's neither pink nor beige...sort of in-between. Very much of a natural nail color.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
nancyann15
(Newport Beach, CA)
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FDA approved?
Hi, I am just wondering if this is FDA approved?
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
Vanessacookie
(Los Angeles,CA)
on gelshine™ Gel Colour
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes nail polish is not a traditional "drug," but the FDA is required to review products that use color additives, which would include nail polish. You may be able to search the FDA's website to see if this item in particular was okay'd!
answered 2 years ago
squidlips
(Tuscaloosa, AL)
answer 2
It's nail polish. The Food and Drug administration does not evaluate nail polish
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
laurafan567658
(new york, new york)
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Best way to remove the gelshine color????
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
chelby3
(Fort Myers, Florida)
on gelshine™ Gel Colour
2 answers
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answer 1
There is no easy way. You exchange that for really long lasting results that last weeks instead of days, Best I've found is to use the Sephora gel removal kit. It contains something similar to bandaids and plastic gloves. I don't care for Sephora's gel shine remover because of the mister application, really bad design when you need to saturate. I use another brand of gel shine remover not sold by Sephora. First take the file you use to rough up the nail prior to application and break the gel seal by filing at your tips (for me the back (bed) of the nail gel lifts when it's time to remove but you might want to rough that area up too). Saturate the cotton pad portion and then wrap the "bandaid" (do not use actual bandaids) tightly around each finger tip making sure you cover the tips. Put the bag on your hand and twist closed. Leave it at least 20 minutes, I usually leave about 45 minutes. Unwrap your fingers and start scraping gently. The kit includes a plastic scraper that's good at getting up the the big pieces for the rest you'll need a metal cuticle pusher and an orange stick. Be careful not to scrape too hard. Once the polish is mostly off. Saturate a cotton pad with more gel shine remover and go over your nails again. Gently buff your nails starting with the number 3 and then use the number 2 sides. Apply a good nail and cuticle oil and really work it in. I like to give my nails a day off (at least) before my next gel coat.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
kareninca
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 2
I suggest using their nail polish remover. Soak a pad with it and try to somehow wrap it around your nail if you aren't using their wraps. Also, placing your hands in gloves does help to quicken the process. You need to leave them on, soaking for about 15-20 min.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
megbea
(Omaha, NE)
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Has anyone tried it with the regular OPI gel colors?
Has anyone tried this with the non sephora OPI gel polish? I imagine it would be the same. The regular OPI gel comes in so many more colors.
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
laclizmar
(Southern California)
on gelshine™ Gel Colour
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes, the OPI Gel Colors work fantastic with this system. I have Color to diner for and Lincoln park after dark- they wear & look great
answered 2 years ago
chance3193
(Boone NC)
answer 2
I'm new to gel nails but I love them so I'm buying the kit, and I'm doing so under the advisement of my best friend who does nails. She uses regular nail polish when gel customers want a certain color that isn't available in the gel formula, and it works fine.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
hulagurl
(Maui, HI)
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