OPI GelColor - Black Onyx 0.5 oz - #GCT02
Basic black – and basically fabulous!
OPI Gelcolor soak off gel polish (released on October of 2011) applies just like traditional nail polish, but gives your like a super shiny finish that lasts up to two weeks. You can just simply apply the gel like regular nail polish and cure it under a UV or LED lamp for the specified period of time.
Why choose OPI Gelcolor?
OPI Gelcolor is produced by the largest manufactur of nail products in the world. OPI's Gelcolor will last for 2 weeks and is made specifically to fight the normal wear and tear from daily activities. Their formula does not damage the natural nails and will help keep your nails strong and healthy.
How long does it take for OPI Gelcolor to cure?
The curing times for Gelcolor gel polish is highly dependent on the type of lamp that you are using. For LED Lamps, Gelcolor will take 20-30 seconds to cure. However, with a UV Lamp, it will take 2 - 3 minutes to cure. Check out the latest LED lamp for faster curing!
How do I use OPI Gelcolor polish?
The Gelcolor application process is very similar to the other soak off gel polishes... This is how you do it:
Step 1. Prepare the nail by using an orangewood stick to push the cuticles back for a clean application of gel
Step 2. Shape your nails to your style with a natural nail filer (150 grit or higher)
Step 3. Prepare the natural nail by gently removing the shine using a buffer... lightly buff it to rough up the nail beds
Step 4. Remove the oils and dust on your nail by using nail cleanser
OPI Gelcolor Application
Step 5. (Roll the gelcolor bottle in your hands to mix the contents) Apply a thin even layer of Gelcolor Base Coat onto your nail.
Step 6. Place your hand in an LED Lamp and cure for 10 seconds or UV Lamp and cure for 1 minute. The top coat will remain tacky/sticky, but this is normal of any soak off gel polish.
Step 7. (Roll the Gelcolor bottle in your hands to mix the contents) Apply a thin even layer of Gelcolor Color coat to your nail. Don't forget to cap the nail edges to create a seal. Make sure you remove any Gelcolor from the skin prior to curing.
Step 8. Place your hand in an LED Lamp and cure for 20 seconds or UV Lamp and cure for 2 minute.
Step 9. Apply a second coat of Gelcolor color to the nail.
Step 10. Place your hand in an LED Lamp and cure for 20 seconds or UV Lamp and cure for 2 minute.
Step 11. Apply a thin even layer of Gelcolor Top Coat onto your nail. The top coat creates a high shine while protecting the gel layers below it from damage. Don't froget to cap the nail edges to create a seal.
Step 12. Place your hand in an LED Lamp and cure for 20 seconds or UV Lamp and cure for 2 minute.
Step 13. Use a liberal amount of alcohol (99%) or gel cleanser with a lint free pad to remove the tacky/sticky residue from your nail.
I wanted a black and this one fit the bill. I had no issues working with it and it looks great on
Sadly this black doesn't have the same formula as other colours it's very goopy, but also quite liquid at the same time, which can make it hard to place it on your nail and control where it goes. The thickness makes you push it around more, but the liquidy-ness makes it run into your cuticle and the corners of your nails.That said, I used one coat and got a smooth, opaque application. There were some bubbles but that might be my application.There are other good black polishes out there that don't cost $20 a bottle, I'm sure of it.
Background: My nails are almost always painted and 9 times out of 10, they are black. I would always pick up a cheap $2 black nail polish and ended up painting my nails every 2-3 days. I decided to splurge and get a more expensive one, hoping it would hold up better. I am a laser technician and use my hands a lot in addition to constantly washing them and typing. This is ok, I think it performs best with a basecoat underneath which I don't always do. This can chip and peel and i've had it for maybe 2-3 months and it was super thick and gloopy last night so I added polish remover to try and thin it out which I typically do. I'm hoping that works but i'm annoyed that it did that because I keep it on my dresser and closed. I always use my rapid dry top coat from essie on any nail polish I use. I find myself still having to paint my nails 1-2 times a week. It's a shiny cream black, just like the $2 sinful color one I have but I guess this is a little bit better. All in all, I probably will purchase from another HE brand like china glaze when I run out and see if that holds up better. I do love OPI, though, and have other colors by them so maybe it's just the way I use my hands that make polish hard to keep.If I don't find any other HE brand black that lives up to what I am wanting then maybe I would repurchase this, although I put no on here.
I don't know if I got a bad batch but this nail polish for me was streaky; it is not a one-coater unlike china glaze's liquid leather. I have small, round nails so I found the wide brush difficult to use since nail polish kept getting outside my nails. This nail polish is a little pricey for the drugstore and I think liquid leather is a better alternative for this particular color; the only problem is that china glaze is difficult to find since I see it only in ulta and online.
There are a lot of black creme polishes out there and they are NOT all the same. This one is fine, opaque in two coats (definitely not a one-coater unfortunately), no problems with application or wear. Nice inky black color and it dries to a shiny finish.But for a black nail polish I would recommend either Illamasqua's Boosh (my HG black) or FingerPaints' Black Expressionism. Both are opaque in one coat and have a deep, rich, glossy color.I love OPI, and Black Onyx is perfectly alright. But I wouldn't buy it again.