When it comes to gel polish I have tried quite a few! My hands down favorite Is Orly Gel FX. This 3 step system is the perfect no fail approach to your gel polish application. And just to be clear, we are talking Gel polish today, not hard gels or builder just simple gel polish.
As you can see, the key to your success is Primer, Base Coat and Topcoat.
Let’s get into it.
Nail Tip Primer:
Our first step in this three-step system is the nail tip primer. I’ve seen primer mostly in two different forms. A pen form which is quite popular. It looks exactly like it sounds it’s in the form of a pen and you apply it by rubbing it on to the nail plate. I’ve used pens for many many years but find that they just don’t last as long as I would like them too. Definitely an effective primer if you chose to use this method.
As far as the three step system this Nail Tip Primer comes in a bottle and is applied with a brush. It is a no cure Primer, meaning it doesn’t need to be cured under the UV or LED light. Just apply to the prepped nail and wait about 10-15 seconds for it to evaporate.
Now you are ready for Base Coat.
Base Coat is also a very important step. I do not recommend doing a gel polish without it. Not only is it an integral part of the process, but base coat also acts as a protective barrier. When replacing the gel polish color I always try and leave this base coast intact. Never fully removing it so not to risk over buffing.
A little pro tip here is to do two coats of base. Sometimes this first coat can still leave a few granules at the surface, so the second coat really seals the deal. This can make a huge difference in your application. Keeping things nice and smooth.
You are now ready to apply your gel color. Not included in the 3 step system but Orly Gel FX has hundreds of colors to chose from. Though, if you are partial to a certain brand, rest assured that this 3 step system works with any other gel polish!
Now it’s time for the top coat. This is a lovely, thin, ultra glossy finish to your gel polish. I find the shine really lasts and it’s is comparable with any gel polish or hard gel for that matter.
When you are using a glitter gel or loose glitter, I find that applying two coats of top really helps to keep things smooth and not looking bumpy. It is quickly cured. One minute or less. Gently cleanse and you are go to go.
This Orly Gel FX 3 step system is really a no fail approach to your gel polish. There are so many different products out there claiming to be the best. But I am usually left pretty underwhelmed by their performance. This system has been my go to for 7 years now. As I have stated in previous articles, I also prefer Orly Gel FX when it comes to nail art. It has such a great fluidity, that I find I am able to accomplish most designs easily.
So whether you are just starting out or are looking to switch thing up I do highly recommend giving this a try! I do believe you will find total success with the Orly Gel FX 3 step system.
Have you tried Orly before? What are your favorite gel polish products? Please leave them in the comments below. I love hearing from you!!
Good luck out there,
Cheyanne / The Nail Lamp Tramp