Posted by Ankita Srivastava | Posted in Lakme, Nails, Product Reviews | Posted on 21-07-2013
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Today I’m reviewing the new Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist nail paint in shade Scarlet Red.
Price : Rs 400 for 3.6 g
What Lakme says about Gel Stylist :
Nails are fast becoming the next big beauty accessory for today’s fashionable woman who seeks professional and salon based expertise to achieve highly styled nails. Inspired by this insight, the breakthrough Lakmé Absolute Gel Stylist range packs the performance of a gel manicure in a bottle to ensure glossy and plump nails in a single stroke.
This break-through product range aims to introduce the global trend of gel based manicures in the country. It comes with a highly pigmented colour formula to ensure super glossy and plump nails. A singular simple stroke delivers rich colour and a high gloss finish that stays for long. The Absolute Gel Stylist comes in exciting shades ranging from tomato tang, coral flush to nudes like nude glow and caramel melt. The range is your very own manicurist in a bottle giving you an unmatchable shine and the most perfectly styled nails.
Available in 8 shades at Rs. 400 (3.6gm)
My take on the Product
I’ve never got gel nails done myself but I’ve seen them on other people. They are basically a thick layer of gel nail paint over the natural nail – cured by UV light (or water) that give long lasting, highly glossy, low maintenance nail color to the nails. While they last for a long time (generally 3-5 weeks), the downsides are that they are difficult to remove, expensive and increase the risk for skin cancer (in case of the UV cured ones).
When Lakme launched the Absolute Gel Stylist, I was quite intrigued by the product because it was for the first of its kind in India. After trying out the nail paint however, I’m not too impressed. What I was expecting was something superior to a regular good nail paint – glossier texture and long stay color/finish. It basically turns out to be just a good nail paint – slightly glossier and smoother as far as appearance goes but the glossy finish becomes dull within 3-4 days and it starts wearing off from the nail tip within the week.
I like the big bottle it comes in – but I was surprised that it contains only 3.6 g of product! The brush is on the larger side and the shape/size is quite convenient and easy to use. I liked the slightly thick, nearly opaque (in single coat) texture. I applied 2 coats to get glossy, fully opaque coverage and I quite liked how it looked freshly applied on my nails. It wasn’t very quick to dry however, I got fabric impressions all over so I’d suggest giving it an hour to dry completely. So far, it didn’t feel very different from any other good nail paint. I tested this nail paint with and without a base coat and it fared slightly better with a base coat underneath. At the end of my 8 day testing period, I was quite disappointed with how dull the finish had become. There was also a significantly noticeable chip on the nail of my middle finger (without base coat). I’ve included a picture of how it looks on my nails after 8 days of wear.
Is it better than regular nail paint? Slightly but its not outstanding- there is only nail tip wear and no big chipping. I generally get more chipping from most nail paints once I do housework like dishes etc. but this one endured that decently well. The finish however had become quite dull, that’s where I was disappointed. Is it worth Rs 400? Not for me. I for one won’t be indulging any more in this range. The only advantage that this product could have given was superior wear without the dull finish but I feel I can get the same performance if I use a base coat and top coat with decent polishes from Colorbar/L’Oreal as well!
Lastly, I don’t think this comes close to actual ‘Gel Nails’.
Freshly Applied Nail Paint
After 8 days of wear time
The GOOD about Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Paint Scarlet Red :
- Sturdy, big bottle
- Large brush – easy to use
- Gives a highly glossy ‘gel-like’ finish (freshly applied)
- Wears decently wear – only minor chipping
The NOT-SO-GOOD about Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Paint Scarlet Red :
- Finish becomes dull in 3-4 days
- Not like actual gel nails
- Not quick dry
- Only 3.6 g for Rs 400
Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist is a slightly superior (and glorified!) nail paint. It has a nice, workable texture and gives glossy, opaque color in 2 coats but the finish gets dull within 3-4 days of wear. There is minor tip wear within the week – fares *slightly* better than regular, cheaper nail paints but not significantly so. Gel nails actually last 3-5 weeks and I don’t think this Gel Stylist gives the performance of an actual gel manicure. Lastly, one gets a small quantity – only 3.6 g for Rs 400.
Had this been marketed as just a nail paint, I would have felt differently about it. But I judged it a little more critically since its marketed as Gel manicure that gives the same performance as actual gel nails.
Rating : 3/5