Red Carpet Manicure – Removing the Gel

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.

Red Carpet Manicure Removal Supplies

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.

Red Carpet Manicure Removal Foil Pieces

Red Carpet Manicure Removal With Foil

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.

Red Carpet Manicure Removal Thumb

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.

Red Carpet Manicure After Removal

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.

So that’s it! Anybody have any questions about Red Carpet Manicure? I think I’m going to invest in a color that’s more me soon. Midnight Affair, Glitteratzzi or It’s Not A Taupe, perhaps?

Red Carpet Manicure Color Options

I think the gold glitter would look amazing over the taupe! Can’t you just picture it now?


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  • Jamie Leigh

    i know this post is old, but i just stumbled across it while googling how to remove red carpet gel polish. i want to invest in the red carpet kit, but didn’t want to do it without knowing what i was getting myself into! thanks for a straightforward post with tips and pictures– it definitely eased my mind 🙂

  • Katerina

    That was so informative! Thanks for the feedback 🙂

  • Krysta1red

    Is this safe to use on children?

  • Kathleen O’Brien

    I found that if you soak five cotton ballls in the remover and put them in a zip lock baggie then put your hand in and cover each nail. Then put a pre soaked warm towel over the baggie for 10 minutes it works well, is less messy. Then switch and put your other hand into the bag and cover with the same cotton and apply warm soaked towel. It is much faster. Remember to soak and have the towel ready before you put your hand into the bag.