Hello there! Just popping in, in the midst of a very busy week, to give a quick update on the removal process of my Red Carpet Manicure colored gel.
Some of you glitter nail polish lovers may already be familiar with the tin foil trick. Basically, when you place a nail polish remover-soaked cotton ball over your nail and then wrap it tightly in aluminum foil, your body heat speeds up the removal process while the foil keeps the remover from evaporating. It’s one of the only ways to get glitter polish off without rubbing for hours, and it works the same way with soak-off gels.
The Red Carpet Manicure starter kit comes with a bottle of remover, but I believe you can also use pure acetone. The first step was lightly scuffing up the surface of the nail with a nail file.
Next, you soak your cotton balls – one per nail – and then strap ‘em onto your nails with aluminum foil. I started off with little pieces of foil, then quickly realized I’d get a much better seal if I used more.
The instructions recommended leaving the remover on for 10-15 minutes. I waited the full 15 to be on the safe side. When I pulled off the foil, I still had some color left on my nails, but if came off really easily with an orangewood stick. Here’s how my thumb looked after I gently scraped off the color.
By the time I was done, my nails were enamel-free, and in pretty decent shape. They were a teensy bit beat up from the scraping, but nowhere near as bad as they would be after drilling off non-soak-off gel. Trust me – I’ve been through that process, and it ain’t pretty.
Soaking off the Red Carpet Manicure gel took about the same amount of time as the OPI Gelcolor, and left my nails in about the same condition. The two products seem to be pretty similar to me. The main differences are the color options and, of course, the fact that you apply the Red Carpet Manicure yourself.
I think the gold glitter would look amazing over the taupe! Can’t you just picture it now?