If your anything like me, you cringe and absolutely hate it when stones and embellishments fall off nails you've spent hours creating. Nothing is worse than receiving a call from a client claiming her crystals are popping off. :/
I have searched and searched, high and low, and have physically tried virtually every product on the market, and nothing has worked for me. Finally at long last I found a solution, and my nail art game is definitely stronger than ever and on point! Introducing Apres Nail. A relatively small company that makes 3 products, all designed to keep your stones, embellishments, and nail art work perfectly intact.
I was first introduced to Apres Nail back in the beginning of February at the ISSE show.
I am absolutely in love with this line, and hopefully you will jump on board as well.
The three products Apres Nail offers are-
Diamond Gel: "replace your acrylic glue with our Apres Diamond Gel- the strongest gel adhesive on the market. Rhinestones, crystals, jewels, studs, etc- you name it. Our Diamond Gel is strong enough to support any and all shape and sizes of nail charm for an incredibly superior hold. No more fear of your nail charms falling off prematurely. Formulated to provide a long-lasting bond for polish and nail charms. Diamond Gel can be used with any gel polish and charms to complete a beautiful nail art design." according to their website.
It's all absolutely true. Believe the hype. I have tried Gorilla Glue, which dries with an ugly white residue. I've used Akzentz Bling On and Resin Gel from Nail Labo, both with less than stellar results. This stuff however truly works. Its literally like liquid gold to me. Its very easy to work with also. It's not nearly as thick as other bling adhesive gels on the market, and yet it works so much better than they do. If you don't believe me, just take a look at my photos. Literally one month, 4 full weeks, and I use my hands a ton each and every day, and work on clients and with tons of chemicals, and not a single stone or embellishment came off.
Diamond Gel retails for $16.95 0.5 fl oz (15 mL) pot.
Structure Gel: "thick viscosity clear gel fortifies/repairs weak and damaged nails. For multifunctional use, seal and smooth nail charm designs with Apres Structure Gel for a reinforced surface to ensure long-lasting wear. Structure Gel can be used with any base gel polish to strengthen the nail for optimal color gel application."
I absolutely love this easy to use gel to secure my 3-D embellishments, nail studs, glitters, and mylar pieces. Client's use their hands a lot in their daily lives, and nothing is worse than getting a nail charm caught on a knitted sweater, or in your hair. The Structure Gel absolutely helps avoid that problem. I paint a layer on top of my embellishments, cure, and I am good to go.
Structure Gel retails for $14.95 0.5 fl oz (15 mL) pot.
Top GelCoat: "our revolutuonary Apres Top Gelcoat is guaranteed to outlast and outshine any other brand on the market. Specifically formulated and heavily tested...your answer to long-lasting finish that is compatible with any brand of color gel polish. Easy and smooth application with no bubbling... without the need of wiping down any tacky residue! Prevents peeling, chipping, or discoloration.. for a result that can last over 4 weeks!"
I have tried so many different gel top coats out there and I have always had different problems. Some are too thin and run into the cuticles, some are way too thick, others go bad quickly and need to be thrown out, and almost all gel top coats inevitable turn white shades to a rather yellow tinge within a week or so. Not with this stuff. A great consistency, not runny at all, immense shine that literally lasted for a complete month, which is when I finally decided to change up my nails, and absolutely no discoloration. I am so pleased to say that I have finally found the perfect top coat I use as the finishing touch to all of my gel manicures.
Apres Top Gelcoat retails for $12 0.5 fl oz (15 mL) bottle.
As will all of my posts, I am absolutely not paid to promote or endorse a product. I truly believe in this stuff because I know first hand how well it works. I have personally been testing it, on both myself and my clients, and we're all happy campers.
If you can only start off with one product for now, I'd suggest the Diamond Gel. Client's love their Swaorovski Crystals, but definitely hate it when they fall off. Say goodbye to those days forever 🙂 !!
For more info on Apres Nail or to purchase online, check them out here: http://www.apresnail.com/