Red Carpet Manicure-an if I can do it, you can do it gel manicure system!

I am a huge Shellac devotee-every 2 weeks my rear end is at the spa getting a manicure and Shellac applied.  I budget this into my life,but it can get pricey!

I was super duper excited when (what I now affectionately refer to as my ‘holy grail) a new Rexall Pharma Plus opened in the PATH system.  I was even more excited when I saw the cosmetics & beauty section of the store.  So many products-and  only one hour during lunch to look at them (sadness).  So needless to say I have been down there quite often.

On one of my trips, I spotted the Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit.  I already have a Gelish system (which didn’t work well-but I want to blame that on the light that came with the kit).  So I purchased it and would like to share my thoughts….

Contents of the Kit:

The Pro-kit does come with one gel color-I chose the red but I also ended up purchasing 2 additional colors:

My thoughts on the Red Carpet Manicure?  Love!

-The light has sufficient watt-age to cure the gel in the time it is supposed to

-Wide selection of colored gel polish to choose from

-Removal is ridiculously easy-the remover works and works well!

Issues I have:

-I need to work on my own technique as far as applying the gel polish to my nails.  I am not  neat about it.  I am hoping that will come with time.

-The kit does not come with an orange stick or nail buffer but that is what is recommended to use for clean up and removal.

So while I still rely on my nail professionals for my manicures/pedicures, it’s great to have an alternative for the gel polish.  I feel like the kit has already paid for itself!


Have you tried any gel polish systems?  What are your thoughts on Shellac and gel lacquer systems?

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  • Patricia

    I LOVE gel/shellac manicures! I would love to try it at home as, like you said, it can be pricey! How much was the kit? I have sooooo many polishes and most only wear them on my toes! I haven’t been able to master the self-applied fingernail polish! *sad face*

    • meredith

      @Patricia TRY IT!!! You will be happy!

  • Marie Christine Farace

    I’m terrible at painting my own nails. Can never do it perfectly 😛

    • meredith

      @Marie Christine It takes practice….this is gel so it applies a bit differently than polish. I am happy with the results though.

  • Leesh

    First of all, where in the PATH is this Rexall located? Secondly how much is this Gel kit? I’m kinda interested in it if it means my polish will stay on longer. I’ve wanted to try a gel manicure but I disliked the fact that you have to go back to the salon to get it removed. A home kit would be perfect!

    • meredith

      It’s right near 150 York Street (well underneath it). The kits range from $59-99 I believe (? but don’t quote me-I’ll look again Monday). The polish does stay on….I took mine off after 12 days because I wanted a color change. I’m also in love with the fact that it comes off SO easily!

  • Patricia

    Thanks Meredith! I’m going to have to try this! I have shellac nails on now that I had done over the weekend and LOVE it!!! I’m going to watch for the kit to come on sale! 🙂 Love getting a deal.

    • meredith

      @Patricia Yes definitely watch and see if there is a sale. I know that Rexall is good about coupons/deals.

  • Shane

    What is the name of the light pink color on the left that you purchased. I am having trouble finding the perfect pale pink. Thanks! Also, when you remove the gel do you wrap your ringers in cotton and then foil? I have trouble soaking them off.