Celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal (clients include Jennifer Lopez, Hayden Panettiere and Beyoncé) is branching out from helping sculpt beautiful faces to sculpting beautiful nails, with her new Mally Beauty 24/7 Professional Gel Nail System, an at-home kit that gives users a nearly perfect, salon-quality gel manicure at a fraction of the price and in half the time. And, when applied correctly, the manicure lasts upward of two weeks, just like the salon version.
Granted, results vary based on one’s own nail-polish-application skills — but there’s a reason they say practice makes perfect. Also, considering that with normal polish most mistakes at home happen while waiting for nails to dry, you’re already more than halfway off the hook with this gel system, because there’s no drying time with a gel manicure. Rather, each time you cure your nails with the (included) LED lamp, you’re setting the polish, and once you finish the final cure and swipe your nails with cleanser, they’re completely dry, virtually chip-proof and as shiny as can be. For two whole weeks. Did we mention that?
The all-inclusive system has everything you need for home use (nail cleanser, prep and primer; base and top coats; polish remover; LED lamp; lint-free wipes, file, etc.) and comes with three shades, though other colors can be purchased separately. While the kit costs $165, when you consider that gel manicures cost between $30 and $40 a pop and usually involve a second trip back to the salon for removal, well, it seems like a no-brainer to us what the better option is.
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