Thursday, December 10, 2015

MADAM GLAM: Sparkly Autumn - Soak-Off Gel Polish Review

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Madam Glam Soak-Off Gel Polish in Sparkly Autumn
So here's a product I haven't reviewed in a really, really long time - gel nail polish! I reviewed a few items from Madam Glam last week. They also sent me a sample of their Soak-Off Gel Polish. I chose the shade called Sparkly Autumn. Check out my review and swatches after the jump :]

Madam Glam Soak-Off Gel Polish in Sparkly Autumn

I really love how the tops of their caps show a preview of the polish. Makes it easier to find it in a drawer. I wish every polish brand did this!

Madam Glam Soak-Off Gel Polish in Sparkly Autumn
Madam Glam Soak-Off Gel Polish in Sparkly Autumn
Madam Glam Soak-Off Gel Polish in Sparkly Autumn

Sparkly Autumn is a deep purple base with micro flakies that shift from purple to an olive green. I love how gorgeous this is! It's dark and sparkly and the color shifting flakies really makes this polish awesome. I found myself staring at my nails at lunch last week :P

I did 2 coats of Sparkly Autumn. The formula was a little on the thicker side, but it was opaque so it easy to build up.

I wasn't provided any instructions or other gel related top coats, base coats, cleansers, remover, etc... I frequently use SensatioNail's gel system at home (with other gel polish brands) and just used those products and their steps along with the Madam Glam polish I was provided.

(Guys - I feel really freakin' stupid because I feel like I've scoured their website, CTRL+F'ed up the ying yang, yet I can't find instructions for their gel line anywhere... until I Googled and somehow came across a "Beginner's Kit"... that's actually out of stock? *shrugs* I can't even find a top coat OR base coat listing for sale? Or is this it? I don't even know what this is LOL. They have a Gel Kit listing but I don't even see a base or top coat in that. I feel like I'm going crazy, y'all!)

I'm not sure if it was because of the use of Sensationail products, but the application wasn't my favorite gel polish application: The polish kept retracting from the sides of my nails before I got my nails under the lamp which required touch ups and quick movements. After putting my nails in for the recommended 30 seconds/coat (LED lamp - per the polish's listing), I feel like some nails didn't dry 100%. I eventually got them to dry despite a few dents on 2 nails from when I removed the sticky layer. :[

Whatever - I rocked them for 5 days haha. The polish was very pretty and I did get compliments! I did notice some slight tip wear after day #1, which was a huge letdown. Come day #5 it had to be removed, it looked really worn. I'm not sure where the 3 week wear claim comes into play or what products were used but it wasn't with the ones I already owned LOL. :-\

I used the foil method with acetone soaked cotton balls to remove the gel polish. The polish removed easily after 5 minutes of soaking with very minimal scraping... so that's a plus lol

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Price: $19.95 Gel Polish
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Again, I'm not sure of my lack of compatible products came into play here or what exactly went wrong. I've used SensatioNail's line with other gel brands without issue so I didn't think I'd run into any problems... For $19.95/bottle I'd recommend somehow getting your hands on their personal base/top coat for (possibly) the best wear results.

The user not-so-friendly website is a big letdown to me, which you can also lump together some inaccurate swatch photos/polish close ups/polish descriptions into that as well. I addressed this briefly in my last post. I hope they update their website to make products easier to find, a search bar would be nice.

Sorry Madam Glam, this is a bust for me... Thoughts?

Happy Polishing,
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