A while ago I used a gift certificate to treat myself to some spa time. The nail tech talked me into a gel manicure. I had just read about this new procedure a few days prior, and it's supposed to last a couple of weeks, so I gave it a try.
The polish itself looked kind of gummy; if it had been regular nail polish you would have thrown it out because it was too old. The cool thing is that immediately after the polish is applied, you put your hand in a little ultraviolet thingy for a about a minute, and the the polish is completely dry! No waiting, no tackiness, no need to have the tech get your keys out of your purse for you.
While I was getting the manicure I asked her if it removed with regular acetone remover, and she said yes...well, you have to soak it, she said.
After about six days, my manicure started getting cracks. This could be because I so rarely polish my fingernails that I tend to mess with them when I do, and then I couldn't help but start picking at the cracks. Regardless, it didn't last anywhere near two weeks.
So I decided to take it off. Acetone and a lot of rubbing with a cotton ball didn't touch it.
That's when I got online and found several suggestions that you have to saturate a cotton ball for each finger, and wrap foil around that and let it sit for like 20 minutes.
After all that, it still didn't totally come off! It kind of partially did, and I could scrape off some of it, but it didn't seem like that was too good for my nails. I had remnants of the gel manicure on my nails for a couple weeks after I "removed" it. Fortunately, it was a French manicure, so it was pretty much clear an unnoticeable to anyone else.
So, have you had a gel manicure? How did you like it? Was I doing something wrong?