In the winter I had two shellac manicures and was very pleased to wear the colour for up to 14 days without problems. I did not like the removal process (soaking my nails in pure acetone for 20 minutes) or the increased cost.
The May 2013 issue of InStyle magazine’s 2013 165 Best Beauty Buys featured the Red Carpet Manicure Pro Kit. The at-home gel manicure system received favourable reviews, and I bought the kit from Canada’s The Shopping Channel, with the additional Accessories kit with the buffing stick and orange sticks. This promotion included a bonus nail polish in Candid Moment, a sheer pink similar to Essie's Ballet Slippers.
Red Carpet Manicure’s website has detailed instructions and videos on using the products. If you follow the instructions for application and removal it is a very easy process.
If you polish your own nails regularly, this process doesn't take much longer. Once used to the system, it's about 20 minutes from start to finish (I always file and prep my nails the night before). The advantage is not waiting for polish to dry; they are dry after the last curing.
I am very impressed with the product after three manicures. On average, I removed the polish after 11 days because my nails were getting too long. There was no tip wear, cracking, or peeling.
I bought three more colours from Nail Polish Canada and will feature quick reviews of these in the future. Note that the colours are close to the bottle colour, but not exact matches. Research swatches online or take a chance when ordering. Compared to the higher priced shellac and Gelish polish, Red Carpet Manicure polishes are $12.99 Canadian.
My manicures look professional with clean edges and a lasting brilliant shine. I hope the company widens their colour choices in the future.
- Manicure your thumbs first as you cannot put the entire hand under the LED light at one time.
- The removal process is easy, but you need another person to help you wrap all the fingers. Otherwise, it is very difficult to wrap one hand with the other fingers covered in foil.
- Tighten the foil around the finger, relax for 15 minutes, then twist the foil and cotton ball lightly and remove. The polish should slide off easily.When all the nails are bare, I give them another light wipe with the remover.
- Use the Revitalize oil (in kit) after the manicure or your favourite cuticle oil.
|Red Carpet Manicure Pro Kit|
Kit with LED light, Purify cleanser, prep cleaner, remover, base coat, top coat
|Prep, Structure Base Coat, Brilliant Top Coat|