Hey everyone! I've made no secret of the fact that I really love gels, I find them really interesting to work with after years of working with polish (that's not to say that I still don't love polish), and whenever I'm approached with the chance to use them I jump at it. So when Pink Gellac reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try their LED M Starter Kit* and their latest Uncovered collection*, I was super excited to receive them. This isn't my first experience with starter kits, I did a full comparison of a number of brands here when I first started using gels, but it was interesting to try it out now I know a bit more about gels. My full review is after the jump, I'm going to lay it out as I did my previous comparisons so that you can compare them against each other.
What do you get?
- LED lamp
- 1x Tropical Pink Gel Polish
- 1x Base2 basecoat
- 1x Ultra Shine Topcoat
1x Pink Nail Cleaner
1 x Nail File
1 x Orange Wood Stick
20 x Nail Wipes
10 x Remover packets
Currently £54.99 on Pink Gellac's website, reduced from £99.99
- It's a good price for what you get, especially at the reduced price.
- The bottles are all a decent size (15ml) so you'll get a lot of use out of them, and this is the same size as what is included in the Gelish starter kit, whereas the others were all considerably smaller.
- The polish itself feels high quality, despite being on the lower end of the scale for gel products in terms of price.
- Includes everything you need to get started, but if you want full effectiveness it is best to use a primer (see my point in the cons below).
- It also includes removal packets so that you don't have to buy these separately.
- In terms of packaging everything is very compact and it's easy to store, I've been storing it stood up under my desk.
- Primer is not included in the box but you can buy this separately, I would recommend using this with a gel manicure for it to last as long as it should.
- Can only fit 4 fingers in the lamp so you do have to do this separately, but some recommend doing this anyway no matter the light to ensure that the thumb is fully cured.
- I did have an issue with the topcoat brush being hard when I first tried the kit. However, after speaking to Pink Gellac they informed me that this is how they come, and all you need to do is wipe the brush with the nail cleanser to soften it. Once I'd done this the brush was as normal, but it's worth bearing it in mind so it doesn't surprise you when you receive it.
- Despite my initial issues with the topcoat, I was really impressed with this kit. You get a lot for your money and it feels high quality. I'll be reviewing the Uncovered2 Collection* when I return from my holiday, so I look forward to seeing what they are like in comparison to Tropical Pink*, but so far I'm very impressed.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments!
*some of the products in this post were provided to me for review, all opinions are entirely my own and were not influenced in any way