For the last week or so I’ve been trying out Fuse Gelnamel’s Starter Kit. If you haven’t heard of it, Fuse Gelnamel is a completely new type of nail product. It’s a cross between standard enamel nail polish and a gel polish. The idea is that it dries in 30 seconds (with the finger lamp provided) and lasts for at least a week with no chipping.
It’s a pretty nifty compact set, the finger lamp is really small and works from the mains or from your laptop with the USB lead provided.
The application process is to be followed like this –
- Buff entire nail
- Wipe with cleanser
- Apply a thin coat of polish
- Cure for 30 seconds (lamp has an automatic timer)
- Wipe with cleanser – and you’re done!
So it’s a really simple, straightforward process, and everything you need for application is included in the kit.
The kit contains –
- Fuse LED lamp
- Fuse Gelnamel (10.65ml)
- 12 lint-free wipe
- Double sided nail buffer
It does not however, include any products for removal. I didn’t realise this until it was too late and I’d already painted my nails. I thought I’d just try my normal nail polish remover but it turns out I didn’t need to in the end as the polish peeled off really easily.
So this is what the first coat looked like on my thumb. I found the polish really thick and gloopy and difficult to apply, hence the uneven coverage. There also seems to be a few tiny bubbles on the nail, which I’ve never experienced before with enamel polish so I’m not sure what happened there! I decided to go with a second coat to make it look a bit more even. Following the recommended process above for each nail one at a time it turns out is actually fairly time consuming!
This is what the second coat looked like. It definitely looks better and more opaque. The coverage still isn’t as even as I’d have liked though. I think I’ll need to practice as I’m not used to applying polish this thick! Also, I think it’s worth mentioning that the instructions make a big point of saying you must apply the polish in thin coats – which is really difficult!
And this is one week later. The polish is still there and there’s no chips at all! So yay to that! The finish has dulled slightly and you can see where the tiny bubbles have appeared to have popped and worn through the second layer. This is obviously a close up scrutinised view though – to anyone else my nails looked absolutely fine, just maybe not as shiny as a true gel polish. Regarding removal, I’d heard this should easily peel off so I thought I’d try that before using my removed, and it worked a treat! It came off really easily in big pieces.
My final thoughts? Well I’m impressed that it lasted a week, I wasn’t too happy with the consistency of the polish, but maybe this is normal for gel polishes and I’m just not used to it? I’m definitely going to give it another go and see if I can get the hang of it!
The Fuse Gelnamel Starter Kit is £35 from Boots, and the individual polishes are £15 each xxx