Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ethereal Lilac Haze and Kokoist Excel Builder Gel

I didn't really do any Vday mani this year, as I really didn't get the inspo.  I did wear this gorgeous pink holo, which I think pink is sort of Valentinesy.  BTW I have swatched and posted this before here.  This is one of the indies that I wish came back.  The polishes went beyond my expectations, and none of the ones I have are faded.  I did a destash sale (my store here), and when I was organizing my polishes, I was shocked to see all the fading indies.  Glitter curls too *shrugs*

I didn't want to do a post about all of the faders and shine a light on the negative side of indies.  Instead, I wanted to show one of the pretties that is still going strong, and that I still love.  Perfect application, finish, and drying time after a few years.  That being said, if you have any faders that you would like to talk about, I encourage you to use the comment section here.

Another thing that I wanted to talk about is the Kokoist Builder Gel.  For this, you will need a Led or UV lamp to cure, as well as a brush.  They have a wide range of colors and they are very durable.  I stumbled onto the builder gel on night, because I was looking for something that would allow my nails to repair, when broken, while not necessarily wearing gel polish and not making them look so thick.  I know that the quality of Japanese products is exceptional, and I have tried a couple of their gels before, so I took a chance on this expensive tub of plastic.

The result was a thin layer of smooth gel that is very sturdy.  The best part is that it can be worn under regular nail polish, as you can see it in these pictures.  I apply it over a gel basecoat, cure it, wipe off the sticky layer, and then I can apply whatever I want over it for two weeks.  My nails grow strong, and they don't break or bend.  I have waited to review this until I was sure that it worked.  It is consistently good, and their customer service is superb.  I still change my mani every 2-3 days and I remove it with OPI expert touch or Mineral Fusion remover, which do not disturb the builder gel.  Can you tell I am wearing anything over my natural nails other than my holo polish?

Layering Order:
Gelish Basecoat
Led 5-45 Lamp
Kokoist Excel Builder
Led 5-45 Lamp
Essie Strengthener Basecoat
2 coats Ethereal Lacquer Lilac Haze
OPI DS Topcoat

Where to buy in the US:
Unfortunately, Ethereal is nowhere to be found except destash sales

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These items were purchased by me or sent to me by a friend.  The above are not affiliated links.

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