It's so nice to know you can do salon mani's at home and enjoy a nice gel manicure during those times when you just can't be bothered doing a new mani every day. Layla has the Gel Effect Nail Polishes which are said to be "long-lasting" and "semi-permanent", no UV lamp required. Let's see how it went!
I have two of these polishes to share with you today in N.03 Barbie Pink and N.07 Red & Rich.
N.03 - a creamy fuchsia (two coats)
N.07 - a classy burgundy cream (three coats)
Formula wise the gel did feel different than a regular polish. It painted on a little thicker and you could feel resistance. If you've used these before that will make sense, but trust me it's a little weird to feel at first, especially when you're used to painting your nails with a regular polish. The fuchsia shade only needed two coats, and was almost okay with one, while the burgundy shade needed three coats, and I still wasn't pleased with the finished look of it. Regardless, the glossiness and shades are pretty and I'm okay with a little bit of unevenness if it's going to last me awhile.
Unfortunately, while these polishes look incredible they chipped on me within 12 hours. It's just one chip on the pointer finger... and I'll admit I'm super hard on my nails.. but normal polishes from other brands have lasted at least 4-5 days with just minor tip wear. I have to say the gel formula has me disappointed. =(
You can purchase Layla Gel Effect Nail Polish for $15.00 at Zappos.