I first came across the Deborah Lippman Gel Lab Mini Set when I was browsing in the Sephora at my local JCP. I was very intrigued by the set, but didn’t want to pay $25 for it (the full-size version is $45). But when I went home, I kept thinking about it. How awesome would it be to get gel-like nails using regular nail polish colors?! Yes, $25 is expensive, but that’s also about equal to the cost of a set of gel nails at the salon, so $25 for many uses wouldn’t be that bad of a deal.
A short time ago, I was placing an order on the Sephora website, and threw the set into my cart so I could qualify for free shipping on my order. I was down-right excited to get this product in and try it!
The set comes with a base coat, a top coat, and a small zipper pouch for storage. The set even comes with special instructions on how to apply the system. I followed these steps exactly as I painted my nails, while still using my trick for getting the salon-look at home and made sure to “cap” my nails.
|Right after a fresh paint! How pretty!|
I wanted so, so badly to like this product, but it did not live up to my expectations. Granted, I had high expectations for this set, but I feel like $25 spent on nail polish should mean high expectations. The first time I polished my nails with it, the polish chipped within 18 hours of application. I was so disappointed! But I decided to try it again. Same results. I’m not a quitter, so I gave it one more chance–same results. My nails chipped less than 12 hours later! So much for the long-lasting aspect. Also, my nails appeared to be just as shiny using my regular top coat as they were with this top coat.
|In no time at all, this is what my nails looked like:(|
|I picked this shade up out of the $1 clearance bin at Sephora. I don’t know the name of it, but I love it!|
Verdict: Save your money. Overall, I was very disappointed that the product didn’t live up to my expectations. If I’m paying that much for something, I expect a manicure that lasts longer than 18 hours! Granted, Deborah Lippman did suggest using their 2 Second Nail Primer for longer wear, but after paying $25 for a mini set, I don’t want to have to shell out extra money.
Don’t forget to go check out my tutorial for how to get that salon-look at home!