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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.
My Private Jet is a brown-grey base loaded with holo micro-glitter.
My Private Jet is a brown-grey base loaded with holo micro-glitter. The holo effect is only visible is direct, bright light, otherwise it just looks like a silver shimmer polish. When it originally came out (OPI Brights Collection 2007) the holo was much more pronounced, but I understand that the formula was a lot thinner, so you needed 3-4 coats to build up the opacity. With the new version I only needed 2 coats. There was a rumour that the Infinite Shine version (the more expensive OPI with a silver cap) is a lot more like the original version, but having read sprite26 review it doesn't seem to be the case. I must say I quite like this polish as it is. Would I run out to repurchase it? Not sure, but I am glad I've bought it.
Hidden, scattered holographic within a browned grey shimmer, or maybe the brown is actually just ...
Hidden, scattered holographic within a browned grey shimmer, or maybe the brown is actually just iridescent. (I think the main picture for this polish above is pretty true to life.) It's a neutral, but with interesting appeal. Very office friendly, because it's mainly a quiet grey indoors and in the shade. But in the sun....oooooooh pretty! Sparkle sparkle. To amp up that sparkle, you can always layer a holographic top coat over it.Close up, sun:Full Size ImageHere's some comparisons for you.Shade:Full Size ImageSun:Full Size ImageFormula is similar to the Designer Series. Really, really nice. I use 2-3 coats for density. This polish is very controversial because of the multiple versions out there. I got this version a few years ago at Beauty Brands. Some people think it's an icky color. The grey is not flattering on all skintones. But it looks really nice on some. I, too, wish I had the original version, but I'm glad I have this fun little polish.I don't see the brown on my nail like I do in the bottle (and I love brown). But that's ok. It's fun to wear. And I always like to wear it in winter, when I go to the park on a sunny day. I prefer to wear it with light neutrals, or grey, brown, and black.
I got the new Infinite Shine version of My Private Jet.
I got the new Infinite Shine version of My Private Jet. Total letdown. Murky and dull-looking. Some scattered holo glitter but not enough to save it. Looks terrible on my nails. Unflattering and boring. This is not the MPJ I was hoping for.This shade has been around since OPI's Night Brights 2007 Collection. The original MPJ was made up of dense holographic glitter suspended in a dark brownish/charcoal grey base. Almost black, but not quite. And also very, very holo. It was extremely popular and much-loved. Then, maybe a year later, OPI changed the polish but kept the name. The new MPJ was a duller, less flashy version of its old self. Just not as good. And I think this Infinite Shine version is closer to MPJ Part II than it is to Part I.OPI's Infinite Shine polishes are the ones with the silver cap and a higher price tag. I was willing to pay more to get my hands on a bling-y, holo MPJ. This is not it.Won't buy it again.
I am aware of the fact that there are several versions of this polish out there.
I am aware of the fact that there are several versions of this polish out there. Mine is the older version as I have had this in my stash, untried, for about 6 years. I rediscovered it while doing an inventory of my polishes and my only question is, why did I wait so long to try this out?This is a lovely polish with a chocolate brown base and it is loaded with halo micro glitter of various colors including pink, purple, yellow, gold and green. In indirect light it looks like a pretty chocolate brown but in brighter lights is when the magic really happens as the micro glitter really shines and adds another element to this polish.The formula is nice, even after sitting in my stash for the last 6 years. It was just the right consistency, not too thick or too runny. The texture was great, applying very smoothly without clumping or bubbling. The first coat was slighly streaky but after the 2nd coat is smoothed out and gave full coverage.This comes in the standard OPI bottle with their Pro-Wide brush. I do like this type of brush as you can apply your polish with less strokes thus helping to ensure fewer mistakes and brush marks. (There are no brush marks with this polish as the finish is very smooth,)The prices of the OPI polishes can be a bit more compared to a drugstore polish, but you can find them on sale at various places and times to make them a bit more affordable. I am unsure about the wear on this one and will update when I have more information in this area.I would definitely repurchase this one as it is quite lovely.UPDATE: I am updating on the wear of this polish. I would say that it is pretty good for me. I got about 4.5 days of wear. There were a few chips but nothing really noticable. I am removing this because I am ready to change colors but I could get another couple of days of wear if I really wanted to.
I bought this polish yesterday and I did some research.
I bought this polish yesterday and I did some research. I can tell that it's obviously very different from the previous versions. They have gone cheap with the formula by removing the holo effect from the polish. I must say it's like missing the boom or wow factor. The nail polish is brown black with stardust kinda shimmer. It would have been better if it was blue black or purple black, which I suppose the holo effect in the previous version was suppose to be. the polish is actually pretty sheer with 1 coat but it didn't smell strong so that's a plus. 2 coats it gave me the perfect coverage and it was easy to apply. I do like the color Andi dries quickly. I applied the polish without top coat or base coat because I want to see how long it will last before it starts chipping. I will definitely post an update. UPDATE: 4th day on the polish starts to grind off from the edges. so I suppose you can get at least 5 days to a week with top coat before it gives in. Not bad. although I still do like this polish I wouldn't repurchase since I want to find dupe for the original version. It's just missing something. It went from an amazing polish to a good or average polish. Sneaky opi how dare u keep the same name and product number when the polish is completely different.