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April 22, 2013

Gel Nails,Two Ways


Last week I put Deborah Lippmann’s new Gel Lab Set ($45) to the test. Unlike some of the other DIY kits that have come out, this one doesn’t require a light or gadget. You simply sandwich your shade of choice between the Coat of Arms base coat and Shining Armour top coat. (While the instructions recommend using a Lippmann polish, I opted for my current darling, CoverGirl Outlash Brilliant Shine in Ever Reddy.) Here’s how they held up after one week:


Not bad, eh? Especially for a darker polish. Next time I’ll try it with a pale pink or nude and bet the results will last even longer! But as of this weekend I’m enjoying a new set of CND Shellac nails in Wildfire, courtesy of Jennifer at Phresh in St. Paul. Easily one of the best manicures I’ve ever had. My nails look like glossy cherry chiclets.


These pretties will stay pristine for at least two weeks, or whenever my nail beds start to show too much. While Shellac isn’t technically a gel polish it has the same effect and, in my experience, isn’t nearly as hard on nails. Plus, I love CND shades.

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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