Tuesday, March 29, 2016

It's been a while…

Anna and Erin are busy with their growing families and as for me? Well, I have to admit that I have been uninspired this past year. It seems that each new collection is yet another same old collection, with the same grouping of colors being merely shades off from the previous groups and collections from one company mirroring another's. Ho, hum. (I'm talking mainstream here — I've always left the indies up to Erin and Anna.) But one thing that is new is the formulas, particularly the new non-UV light "gel" formulas that almost everyone has now, promising up to two weeks of glossy shine and long wear. I think Sally Hansen was the first to come out with this formula back in the summer of 2014 and I wasn't impressed. Since then everyone has their own version of a faux gel or gel-like topcoat and I've tried them all, or at least all of the ones I've seen in my area. So, over the next few weeks I will go over the pros and cons of the following brands, in no particular order. And, yes, I gave Sally Hansen a second chance to see if theirs had improved after its initial release. I think you'll be surprised at which ones performed the best — I know I was!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel (2 step)
OPI Infinite Shine (3 step)
SinfulColors Sinful Shine (2 step)
Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy (2 step)
L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque (3 step)
Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel (1 step, duh)
Essie Gel Setter topcoat
Pure Ice Shine (2 step)
butter LONDON Patent Shine 10x (1 or 3 step, they're not clear on it)