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Introducing the new OPI GelColor Stay Strong Base Coat! Infused with Calcium and a vitamin complex, Stay Strong Base Coat leaves nails feeling strengthened during Gel use. The perfect foundation for oily, thin, soft damaged or peeling nails, Stay Strong Base Coat is great for long lasting, quality wear and enhanced strength. Formulated to deliver 21+ days quality wear and lasting durability when used as a system, this new formula is designed with a higher gel-to-solvent ratio and thicker viscosity that provides 61% more strength to the natural nail. Stay Strong Base Coat features a new, shorter brush that provides a thin and precise application that will take nails to the next level.
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.
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 Stay Classic Base Coat or Stay Strong 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 Classic Top Coat onto your nail. The top coat creates a high shine while protecting the gel layers below it from damage. Don't forget 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.
The difference this has made in my gel stating on longer and with no lifting has been a game changer. I will only be using this base coat from now on.
This does make nails stronger!
I followed directions and online videos (i have a non opi LED lamp that cures for 30 seconds) - the base seems to stay very soft and when i removed the gel the color and topcoat came off but the base stayed on and had to be gently scraped off - did not damage my nail but did not seem to bond at all with color/topcoat. Definitely no strength added and I bought this to add strength for weak nails. The short brush is nice and the thicker formula is easy to control, but does not 'smooth out' as much as I would expect.
Not super impressed with this product. Goes on very thin and doesn’t actually give any strength to a weak nail. Disappointed by OPI