Shopping for gel polish online can be scary business. Not every brand is trustworthy, and things get especially questionable when the price seems too good to be true. However, I had such good results with a gel base and top coat set from Clavuz that I didn’t hesitate to try out this 12 color gel polish box set from the same company.
The outside packaging really doesn’t entice the buyer into purchasing the set. They don’t specify which colors are included, nor do they have pictures of the polishes included, but they do list all the boring stuff.
The contents of the box are more exciting. The bottles, which are an 8 mL size and therefore a little small, are held in place in a plastic tray, and more detailed instructions along with a swatching wheel are included.
Here’s a scan of the instruction leaflet. You should follow the first set of steps “for normal gel polish” with these polishes.
One distinctive feature of the bottles is that a small window in the side of the bottle displays the lacquer inside. This way you can see the colors clearly, and this is super helpful as Clavuz didn’t come up with cutesy names for their colors. The polishes are numbered from 3701-3712 in this set called “neon bling” on Amazon by the company.
These colors are actually quite gorgeous and the photos don’t do them justice. Even the photos from the company on Amazon don’t look impressive. You get the colors of the rainbow in this set in a jelly finish, and they all have a magical looking holographic glitter suspended in the polish. The glitter just looks silver in the stock photos, but it has so much depth with its rainbow holographic shimmer that it’s impossible to capture its beauty on film.
I took advantage of that enclosed swatch wheel to show you all the colors included in this set. You get pretty good coverage with just one coat of polish, but the saturation level increases when a second coat is applied. Each thin layer cures in 60 seconds in a 36W UV/LED lamp.
It should be noted that each polish is equally stunning in terms of its holographic glitter content, although some polishes may not have photographed as well as others. All have good pigmentation for a jelly formula and are super shiny.
The only downside is that the consistency of the polishes are a little thick. I’m not sure if this is because of the glitter content or because the window in the bottle allows light to slightly cure the formula, but I have heard that people enjoy this polish a lot more when they thin it down with solvents. I think warming the bottle in your hand does help, but it still paints well and does not shrink.
The bottles may be small, but the brush is still a normal size and is easy to maneuver. I chose to swatch color 3709 on my nails along with Clavuz gel base and top coat and fell in love with the results.
This color served as the beautiful base for my “love” manicure.
The glitter may not appear as stunning here, but it truly looks mesmerizing in person. Anyone who has tried to photograph holographic polish will tell you how hard it is to really capture all that rainbow effect!
I’ve been wearing this polish on my right hand for over a week right now, and it still looks as good as it did on the first day I applied it. This manicure survived a massage with Ben Gay, which is notorious for removing regular polish off your nails, and the finish hasn’t dulled one bit. I also can attest that I haven’t had any peeling, lifting, or chipping of the polish, so their claims of a 14 day manicure are totally valid. If you can stand the growth, I’m sure it will last past 14 days as well!
I’m going to guess that removal is the same like it is for any other gel in that it soaks off in pure acetone in about 10 minutes, at which point it can be scraped off the nail. I can’t imagine that it is any harder to remove than other gels as I have had experience with Clavuz gel base and top coat before.
Overall, these colors are all stunning and gorgeous, and I would be shocked if you didn’t swoon over this set the way that I did. It truly exceeded my expectations, and the price can’t be beat for this many gel colors. It is a wonderful addition to any nail polish collection.
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this gel polish set (retail price is $19.99 USD), the link for the item is below. Happy polishing!
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