Sensationail Deluxe Starter Kit Review

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Way back before Christmas Boots were doing their usual 'Star Gift' offers every week, and of course I had to succumb to at least one. The 'Star Gift' in question was Sensationail's Deluxe Starter Kit, which was reduced from a whopping £170 to £40 (as far as I can remember - goldfish memory here!)

I've wanted to venture into the world of UV nail lights and gel nails for quite some time now, but could never find the right starter kit for me (or the right price!) So, when this came along I couldn't resist parting with my cash and giving it a go. Sensationail is a brand I'd good things about and at the price I felt it was too good an opportunity to turn down.

So, what do you get in this impressive-looking piece of kit? Well, you've got your UV lamp to set your nails, two colour gel polishes, a gel base and top coat, gel cleanser and gel primer, as well as some tools for prepping your nails etc. The two colour polishes included are both gorgeous shades - a lovely deep cherry red and a nude taupe, meaning there is something for both ends of the spectrum. The light itself is good if not a tad on the small size - I have quite big hands and had to do my four fingers and thumb separately as they wouldn't really fit otherwise!

So, what do I think to this product? Well, for starters, doing gel nails isn't as quick and easy as I'd originally hoped. I liked the idea of not having to wait for my nails to dry, and for the polish to potentially stay on for a good two weeks, but I hadn't really thought about the performance prepping the nails/doing so many coats/sealing them etc. would involve. I'm a lazy person and when it comes to my nails I tend to just whack my polish on and go, so you can probably see why this came as a bit of a shock to the system. The fact Sensationail claim it is all done in 'three easy steps' is a bit of a lie - you have to prep your nails, clean them with a lint cloth, prime them, put a base coat on and let it 'cook' under the UV light, then a coat of polish followed by another stint under the UV light... you see where I'm going here. If you like taking your time with your nails and don't mind faffing around then it's great - but it's definitely not something I'm going to be using regularly.

Onto how the polish lasts - well, it does stay on really well, and I love how shiny and glossy it looks. Does that mean it doesn't chip? Well, no, not exactly. I did find my nails chipped a bit (an occasional big chip might occur on one or two nails, I found) and I also found it really easy to just peel the polish off (so tempting) - but, for the most part, it stayed better than using normal polish would.

Overall I'm impressed with this kit, but only for the £40ish price I got it for. I most certainly wouldn't pay £170 for it, and I'm sure there are cheaper alternatives out there. The quality of the products and the UV light is good, but the fact it takes such a lot of time prepping and coating and sealing the nails puts me off using it on a regular basis. I'd like to see how I get on just using the base/top coat with normal nail polish, as I'd definitely like to see if it will make my nail art nails last longer. We'll have to wait and see!

Have you tried one of the UV nail lights before? What do you think to gel nails?