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SEPHORA by OPI gelshine™ At-Home Gel Colour System

What it is:A customizable at-home gel manicure kit that offers expert performance and salon technology. Personalize this kit with the gelshine™ Gel Colour of your choice by bundling it with this set at no additional cost. In just 3 easy steps, you'll be on your way to customizing your new gelshine™ At-Home Gel Colour System! STEP 1: Add this kit to your cart.STEP 2: Add 2 gelshine™ Gel Colours of your choice to your cart. STEP 3: A $35 discount will be applied automatically at checkout (one discount per order discount not applicable for Canadian orders). What it does: Sephora by OPI gelshine™ At-Home Gel Colour System delivers optimal results with salon technology. This Sephora exclusive is fully loaded with all the necessary tools for the perfect at-home gel manicure, featuring the highest quality gel formula on the market, and one of fastest LED cures with the smartest removal system. With invincible wear for up to two weeks, zero chipping, zero dry time, and the highest shine available, the patented, unique, professional grade formula is sure to leave your nails ultra-glossy and perfectly pretty. This set contains: - 0.29 oz gelshine™ Base Coat - 0.29 oz gelshine™ Top Coat- 0.29 oz gelshine™ Gel Colour (must add to cart separately) - gelshine™ LED Light - 25 x Nail Pads - 3 x Removal Nail Wraps- 2 oz Nail Cleanser - Buffing block- 2 oz Nail & Gel Colour Remover - 0.3 oz Brush-On Cuticle Oil - Cuticle pusher- 3 x gloves - Instructions
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Questions & Answers for SEPHORA by OPI gelshine™ At-Home Gel Colour System

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Full hand?
What I really want to know is
A. Can your whole hand fit in the light at once (no doing thumbs separately)
B. Is this compatiable with Gellish or Shellac Polishes?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
cornishpixy
(Brooklyn, NY)
on gelshine™ At-Home Gel Colour System
6 answers
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answer 1
4 fingers fit. It would have to be quite large otherwise to make a device that would anatomically be able to fit your thumb in properly. The good news is it's a 30 second cycle so it goes rather quickly.
answered 1 year ago
fancyacuppa
(Buffalo, NY)
answer 2
I used gelish sparkle top - izzy wizzy - over the gelshine polish I received with my system on my pedi and it cured the same as OPI. On my mani instead of gelshine I used OPI gelcolor (with gelshine base and top) and it also turned out great.
answered 2 years ago
maggie0104
(Illinois)
answer 3
Not sure, may depend on the color. I heard that Gelish was compatible so I ran out and bought a hot-pink one. It never set and I ended up with sticky nails that I had to soak to remove. (Waste of about 2 hours).
answered 2 years ago
roskandy
(Boston)
answer 4
Yes, you can use these with other gel polishes--both salon and at-home.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
pythiakaren
(Appleton, WI)
answer 5
The Sephora employee who did my nails had me put the thumbs in separately. I don't think my entire hand would've fit in there. For the record, I have small hands.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
TreesaP
(Huntsville, AL)
answer 6
The reason why they say to do the thumb separate is because when you lay it in there on it's side, only half of your thumb nail cures and you end up with half of a goopy nail. It is smarter in the long run - you don't waste any polish and time.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
jennaburgus
(Rohnert Park, CA)
Question
nail get dry?
I am reading online and they said that your cuticles and the nails got dry... how do i prevent that or it gonna happen anyway?
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
pamela1989
(Salt Lake City)
on gelshine™ At-Home Gel Colour System
3 answers
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answer 1
Keep the product away from your cuticles & you should be fine, especially if you add the cuticle oil that comes with the kit (or any one for that matter!). I have had no issues with this one despite tending towards dry cuticles.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
cmw4
(Brooklin, Ontario)
answer 2
I haven't experienced any dryness. I have had gel polishes (OPI Axxium, Gelish and OPI GelColor) from salons before and what I have noticed is that if you dont take a break after every 3-4 manicures then the gel will chip faster. I am assuming this is the same with this product. But I have not experienced the dryness, and after about a week without the gels on my nails are ready to go again!
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
shelly8258
(New York, NY)
answer 3
There is a cuticle moisturizing oil that is included, but you can also use any other kind. I put some moisturizing product on my cuticles every night, and I have not noticed any drying compared to a regular manicure.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
ladyalexandra
(Detroit, MI)
Question
Nail condition after removing gel color?
I've had Axxium and Shellac done at salons before & while I loved the color and how my nails looked good for 2 weeks, when I went to remove the product, both left me with paper thin nails. Is there a way to remove the OPI gelshine without completely destroying my nails? I'd love to try it, but don't want to go through the process of waiting to grow my nails out after every use! Thanks.
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
bulldog62
(Carl Junction, MO)
on gelshine™ At-Home Gel Colour System
3 answers
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answer 1
My nails tend to be on the dry peely side. I had shellac from my local salon or about 6 months. When I had them taken off my nails were thin, dry, and peeling. I believe this was because of two things: the drying out of my nails from soaking in acetone so long and often, and the nail tech scraping off the polish. Even my nail tech said when they do their own nails they give themselves a week long break in between every few manicures to let their nails return to their normal state, and apply lots of cuticle oil and creams.
I'm doing the same thing with gelshine, I'm only doing two manicures in a row and then giving my nails a break while applying loads of cuticle oil to moisturize.
I don't think gelshine would necessarily have the same drying effect on everyone, it just depends on your body chemistry and nails, but because I know mine tend to dry out I'm taking extra precautions.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
alivingstone
answer 2
I was curious as well. I bought the system last week, put on the coral color (I'm wired) and couldn't wait to remove to find out how easy it was before I added more colors to my collection. I put the opi nail remover wraps on my nails soaked with remover and after 15 mins removed. I was surprised that when I unwrapped the nail the polish just flipped up, pretty much in one piece. I really didn't need to use the cuticle pusher to scrape it off, it just popped off. My nails were fine, no damage. Seemed a little stained from the color, but using the buffing block lightly that came off. Applied cuticle oil and was good to go. I've had two shellac manicures at the salon and on the second trip the nail tech said my nails were thinning, I believe that was because they would on wrap my nails for 5 mins then scrape/sand off the polish. Seemed a little much. Very happy with the easy removal on this product and hope I don't see thinning again.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
mellyg
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 3
They don't damage your nail if you remove them correctly. If you don't follow the directions for removal then you will end up with paper thin nails. Also, I like to take a week with no Gel after about 2 months because at about 2 months, the gel starts to chip off much faster.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
shelly8258
(New York, NY)
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Is it not necessary to use a "dehydrator" with this system?
In many gel systems, I believe you use a dehydrator such as "pH bond" prior to applying the base coat. Is this not necessary for this system, because I don't see it included. Thanks!
asked 1 year, 8 months ago
tarjarbinx
on gelshine™ At-Home Gel Colour System
3 answers
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answer 1
YES! They dehydrator is going to help remove any residue or oils from the nail bed to insure the polish will adhere correctly. You can just use regular strength nail polish remover and give them a good wipe. Before you polish make sure there are no cotton pieces left on the nail.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
stephanie1130
(texas)
answer 2
I have to say, I have started using a dehydrator instead of buffing nail surface and it works very well! The polish lasts longer with no wearing at nail tips., much better than buffing. I've also tried no buffing, no dehydrator and that did not work, a lot of wear at tips. I keep gel polish on, because it prevents my nail from breaking and I don't want to thin my nails from all the buffing.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
chance3193
(Boone NC)
answer 3
No it isn't necessary. When I've had my gel manicure
At a salon, they've never used a dehydrator. So it's not
Necessary.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
estry
(Orlando, FLorida)
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It seems a lot of people have complained that there are not a lot of GelShine Nail Colors to choose from...even online...
Does anyone know what GelShine nail Colors ARE AVAILABLE...besides "RED?"...(I assume that IS one of the available colors)...
I cannot seem to find them online here. Anybody?...Thanks.

I really would like to buy this kit (right now), but color choices are somewhat important to me as I DO NOT want to be stuck wearing the same color all the time...right?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(Palm Coast, FL)
on gelshine™ At-Home Gel Colour System
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes, very few colors of gelshine so far, but you can also use OPI gelcolor found elsewhere. I just used it and it worked fine. Gelish seems to work as well.
answered 2 years ago
maggie0104
(Illinois)
answer 2
Go to

http://www.sephora.com/gelshine-tm-colour-gel-P374808?skuId=1434430

That has all the colors.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
ljg843
(Hanahan, SC)
Question
Is this also made to do pedicures?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
amandagyal
(Bronx, NY)
on gelshine™ At-Home Gel Colour System
2 answers
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answer 1
A pedicure and polish should last you at least a month.
You shouldnt have to use the gel on your toes.
It was made for hands since they are more exposed and used, and plain regular polish usually lasts 2-4 days.
But yes, you can also do it on your feet as well....
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
stephanie1130
(texas)
answer 2
Absolutely! I did my toes, and they look great. It is possible to fit the entire foot, with no toe separators, under the light (and I have a size 10 foot).
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
ladyalexandra
(Detroit, MI)
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Will other polishes work too?
I have quite a collection of traditional nail polishes, will they work as well with this system if I use the gel base/top coat? Im not expecting the exact same results but maybe something similar?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
jinglesdelarock
(Indianapolis, IN)
on gelshine™ At-Home Gel Colour System
2 answers
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answer 1
Check videos for "gelly sandwich" on youtube. I haven't tried yet but will at some point.
answered 2 years ago
maggie0104
(Illinois)
answer 2
No, if you try to use regular polish with the the gels it will make a mess. You can apply the gelshine system (including the color) and then paint a different color polish on top if you wanted. I have done that for holidays. But when you remove the traditional polish it does dull the shine on the gels.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
shelly8258
(New York, NY)
Question
Approximately how many manicure/pedicure applications can be done with this kit?
Thank you.
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
farfl
(kirkwood, mo)
on gelshine™ At-Home Gel Colour System
2 answers
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answer 1
I believe you get approximately 20 manicures if you use 3 coats each time. I only use 2 so I can get more out. May not seem like a lot for the money, but if you think about the fact that each manicure lasts 2+ weeks, each bottle will give you 40+ weeks of manicures. That's almost an entire year of consistent use!
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
crimsonshadow
(Hampton, VA)
answer 2
Well it comes with a bottle of the base coat, top coat, and you get a free gelshine color, so whenever you run out of those, you can just get new ones.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
j808me
(hawaii)
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Other OPI Gel Colors
Hello... I am wondering if I would be limited to the gelshine colors or if I could use any other Gel nail polish. I would like to be able to use the OPI gel color Cajun Shrimp but want to make sure before I buy the kit! Thanks
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
Anonymous
(Huntsville, AL)
on gelshine™ At-Home Gel Colour System
2 answers
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answer 1
I have used another gel polish brand color and it seemed to work the same exact way, with results lasting for weeks.
answered 2 years ago
jpqt
(Jacksonville, FL)
answer 2
Just used OPI gelcolor in My address is Hollywood with this system and it worked beautifully. Cajun shrimp is also available in gelcolor. The gelcolor bottles are much larger because it is made for professional use. I think gelshine may be the same product marketed to the public. Not sure.
answered 2 years ago
maggie0104
(Illinois)
Question
nail polish brand?
must I use only this polish-will regular polish work?
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(Primghar IA)
on gelshine™ At-Home Gel Colour System
2 answers
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answer 1
I had the same question and after researching found "gelly sandwich" tutorials on youtube. They don't last as long but you can use your regular polish. Haven't tried yet as I just got my system.
answered 2 years ago
maggie0104
(Illinois)
answer 2
No you cannot use regular nail polish. Unless you want to put it over top of the gel shine. But if you were doing that, then why buy this system to begin with?
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
mangobtl487
(Topeka, IL)
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