Testing out Deborah Lippmann's Gel Lab kit. When we heard about gel manicures, they seemed too good to be true: flawless, chip-free polish that lasted two weeks or more. Sign us up! But as we suspected, they came with their own downside: damaged, brittle nails, and a premium price tag. Now we have another option: DIY gel mani kits that offer all the high-gloss perfection without any negatives. Here's everything you need to know.
Gel manicures are known for their mirror-like finish and lasting durability. Salons use UV light to cure and harden each coat of polish on the nail, which is how the formulas can last so long. A recent study found that the risk of developing skin cancer from UV lamps is practically nonexistent (it would take the equivalent of 250 years' worth of weekly manicures to cause damage). But the the 15-20 minute acetone soak to remove the gel? Not exactly our idea of a good time.
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Gel Manis 2.0
With the debut of new UV-free DIY gel mani kits, we