It’s been rough for me over the past few weeks as I’ve been processing the passing of my grandmother. I traveled home for the first time in six years to attend the funeral, and as the day of departure approached, I couldn’t help but think of my grandmother and what she liked. I remember she had quite an attachment to the color olive green as her furniture was a similar shade, and she owned coats and clothes from the same part of the spectrum. I always considered it an uncommon color, especially for nail polish, so imagine my surprise when I obtained this gel polish from Aimeili.
This polish might have stolen my grandmother’s heart. The color is an army olive green although it is called Kale (number 073) in the Aimeili catalog, and I think it’s a pretty unique shade. Chances are high that you do not own a polish like this because I definitely did not, and it’s not like I’ve tried to avoid the shade! I guess the major brands don’t think that this color would sell well, but Aimeili took advantage of this to produce the shade.
Like all other Aimeili gel polishes, the packaging is the same. The outer carton looks elegant with its pink, white, and black colors, and the bottle is a 10 mL size. The top of the handle is labeled with a sticker that matches the color of the polish inside with the number of the shade printed on it so you can easily identify which polish it is.
An informational leaflet is included inside the box, scanned here for your perusal.
As for application, this polish does not shrink and paints smoothly. It helps to warm the bottle in your hands prior to painting so you can apply thin coats to make the polish easier to cure and ensure a lasting manicure. This results in a slightly sheer finish that is buildable. I used 3 coats for the swatch here and cured each layer for one minute each in a 36W UV/LED lamp.
I thought this shade would pair beautifully with gold polish, so I made a jungle manicure featuring foliage and leopard print with this color.
Just like with other Aimeili gel polishes, this one has good staying power when applied properly, and it does not peel, lift, or chip. The removal process is the same as for any other gel, and I find that almost all of the polish can be scraped off after soaking your nails for 10 minutes in pure acetone.
This polish offers superior quality for a fraction of the price of regular gel polishes. So are you on board with my grandma? Are you a fan of this color? Let me know in the comments!
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this gel polish (retail price is $6.99 USD), the link for the item is below. Happy polishing!
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