18.9.12

Review: LUMINail Starter Kit

I used to get Shellac quite a bit last year but the time it took in the salon combined with not having enough time to go to said salon, it all just became too hard. Luckily a new at home UV Gel polish kit has been released from LUMINail which is available from Priceline for $99.99.
There are three polish shades included in the kit, and there are also nine other shades available for purchase in store. I have my eye on Bermuda Blue and Norwegian Nude. Finally Norway has been included in a polish collection!


The kit comes with all that you need to start gelling up your nails. I watched the instructional DVD and found it helpful to see the correct technique to apply and seal the polish.
The three files that comes with the kit are great for both shaping and removing the polish. There is also a cuticle stick but I haven't actually used it yet because I want my cuticles to settle normally.
The application guide is great because it comes with lots of helpful tips, including the curing times for the base coat, top coat and the polish.
The UV light is portable which is fantastic because you don't have to stay right next to the power point to have your nails done. If you want to gel your toes you can just turn the panel with the lights and it swings out so that it can be done.
The only problem was that the UV light did not come with a lead or batteries. It brought me back to those Christmasses where I was given a toy that needed batteries and we didn't have the right ones and I had to wait until 27th December to play with it. I did run up to Woollies and got the Duracell bunnies and went back to my mission.
First I cleaned up my nails with the 3-in-1 cleanser, and then I applied the base coat and cured the nails for two minutes each. Four fingers on one hand, then four fingers on the other hand and the thumbs are done last. I did apply my Neutrogena SPF15 hand cream first to protect against the UV lights. Next up I chose Caribbean Coral as my colour and I kept in mind that it is really important to have thin layers. If you don't have thin layers the polish will be too thick and can't dry. For each coat of polish I cured for four minutes for the right and left hand plus the thumbs. When that was done I applied the top coat and cured for five minutes. I do think that it needed a little longer so when I LUMINailed again, I cured the top coat for seven minutes. Afterwards just apply the 3-in-1 cleanser again to remove any tacky bits and for adding even more shine.
I was left with gloriously shiny nails. The whole thing took about one hour and I watched a movie whilst doing it so I didn't get bored at all. I also set my timer on my phone so that each curing time was measured correctly. I do wish that the UV light had space for the thumbs at the same time as the other fingers just to save time, but it is what it is.
Caribbean Coral is great. It is a darker coral and I got lots of compliments on the colour.
Next up is New York Red. It is a very sharp red and I love it. It reminds me of OPI's Big Apple Red which has been a long time favourite of mine.
If you look closely you can see that one of my fingers is darker than the others. That is because I was a little careless and layered on the polish too thick. It really does pay off taking your time and making sure that the layers are thin because the finished result is much better.
Lucky last is Parisian Pink which is the colour I would have worn all the time had I still been working at the hotel where the grooming rules were strict. Again the shine is beautiful and the pink is such a nice shade!
One thing I learnt quickly is to be careful when removing my hand from the UV light. I had a few bumps in the polish because I did it too fast, but luckily the second coat covered my tracks.
I think the LUMINail kit is a great starting point if you want your polish to last a little longer. Every time I did it my application was better and the polish lasted longer. It is true what they say, practice truly makes perfect.

I will do a separate post tomorrow on the removal plus longevity of the polish, so stay tuned.

Have you tried DIY gels? Which colour is your favourite?

Xx I


This product was provided for review. Please see my disclosure policy here.

31 comments:

  1. Wow I've been wondering about this kit for a while. I've got a shellac review lined up on my blog for later this week- what a coincidence!! I heard the lamp was a bit weak in this kit??!? Is this true Ingrid??

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    1. I didn't find the lamp to be weak but I do think that the curing time was too short on the final step. I therefore increased it to 7 or 8 minutes depending on how much time I had:) I'm sure the curing time would be quicker with a different lamp. I look forward to reading your Shellac review X

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    2. Hi there Ladies, i have this kit and find it to be wonderful, however i have run out of the cleanser and my priceline store doesnt have any more of the product. Is there any where else you guys might know where i could get some from.
      Brilliant product and also protects my nails from breaking. Cheers :)

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    3. Hi, I been wondering about the Luminail as it is cheaper than that which is I currently using, which is the gelicious. I love the gelicious. With everybody saying that the curing time is longer and the lamp doesn't work, I think I will stick with the gelicious. However, does anybody know if the luminail polishes will suit the gelicious lamps as another option for extending colours - although gelicious also have a wide colour range it might be a nice way to introduce it to my daughters who might like a little cheaper polishes.

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    4. Re the cleanser just use an 80 per cent minimum acetone nail polish remover

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  2. I have been looking at this for a while wondering what it was like! The good thing about it making you do your thumbs separately is that when you do your whole hand, your thumb sits on an angle and sometimes the polish can slide and end up uneven with a bump of polish on the side. Great review!

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    1. I agree Rachel, but if I was thinking about it for time saving purposes I would love to just save the time. It does provide a nice and even result so you are right:) X

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  3. Those colours are beautiful :) I love the corally red!
    x

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    1. Thank you Mishelle, I love it too - a gorgeous colour x

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  4. I've been wanting to get this but don't colour my nails very often (I actually cant remember the last time I painted my nails...ekkk!). I might have to use my next priceline voucher towards getting one. The pink is BEAUTIFUL!

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    1. I really like the pink too! Let me know how you go x

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  5. This looks so good!! My cousin bought a kit online & I have thought about buying one myself but just not sure if I could spare an hour with Paige yet!
    Might put this on my Christmas list :)
    Your nails look fab & I love all the colours! Must be hard to choose which one to use!
    xo

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    1. Thank you Donna! I can imagine time is sparse for you, but Paige is absolutely gorgeous:) The colours are great but I would love to try some of the other colours too x

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  6. Ooh I was eyeing this up, I might add it to my christmas list, will remember to get batteries though, totally remember that feeling!

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    1. Wasn't it just the worst feeling?:) xx

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  7. Quick tip on the separate thumbs thing. I found that if I did my left hand thumb with my right fingers (and right thumb with left fingers) I could cram them all under the lamp flat at the same time without having to do thumbs separately which saves lots of time. I did it to the curing times suggested and it worked fine. Any tackiness wipes off with the last stage with the clean/ shine up solution. I'm surprised how well it turned out even with my amateurish application. Kx

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    1. GREAT tip K! Am going to try it next time. Eureka x

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  8. I've had the kit for a while (I actually work at Priceline), and it's the first think I've found that lasts through everything I do, I'm pretty hard on my nails. I have found that you can do both sets of fingers at the same time, by fitting them underneath the lamp. So you can do all the fingers at the same time, and both thumbs at the same time :) it saves time, and has the same result.

    I also have a few of the other colors:
    -Bermuda Blue isn't what it looks like on the bottle, it's quite translucent, much like Parisian Pink except it has more of a sparkle through it.
    -Norwegian Nude is GORGEOUS! It's another solid colour. Nuff said.
    -Long Island Lilac is also beautiful, a solid pastel. Just put it on for the first time, my new favourite!

    Hope some of that helps :)

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    1. Cool:) I would love to work at Priceline:) Thank you for the feedback, will try it another time. Would save so much time. Oooh I need Norwegian Nude now, don't I? You have sold it to me xx

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  9. we have bought this and have spent almost 2 hours trying it out. three different time and it will not dry, we have read re read and re re read the instuctions and watched the video and can not get it to work or dry. does anyone know where we can make a complaint. its alot of money to spend on something that does not do what it says.

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    1. Hi Anon, I'm really sorry to hear that! Perhaps take it back to the store or contact LUMINail directly? Are you applying really thin layers? Also, perhaps increase the curing time from 5 minutes to 7 or 8, maybe that will help?

      I hope it works out for you xx

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  10. I really love this as a DIY kit, however, I am having two problems...
    1. I dont really know how to 'seal' my nails... therefore the polish does not cover the tips of my nails :(
    2. When taking the polish off... i first file off the shine... then foil with a cotton ball dipped in the remover... i find that the corners lift off, but the rest of the polish stays on pretty well after 15 minutes! then i have to forceably remove the polish which is taking layers off my nails!
    please help with any tips!

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    1. The sealing process was a steap learning curve for me too. I think it's easier if your nails are a little bit longer. Just quickly paint the end of your nails and then paint them as normal. This will help the sealing process.

      My best tip is just to peel it off. Saves time and isn't damaging on your nails. Less maintenance too. I hope this works X

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    2. Has anyone found out how to remove the polish. I asked and was told to use thier polish remover and cover your nails with aluminium foil and leave for several minutes. On tht information I would NOT purchase Luminail. I have my own strong nails.

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    3. In answer to anonymous October 14th 2012. If you have to file the polish off that is not good for your nails, and if you have to forceably remove the polish which you say is taking layers off your nails, then why are you using the stuff. I have reasonably strong nails which I have had for some years now since I started and still use Dr.Lewins Revitanail, which has made my nails strong.

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  11. Excellent blog right here! I was just searching for this information for a while.Very effectively written information.There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also.

    Regards,
    Jane
    Shellac polish

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  12. Interesting. Bought a gel nails kit in December 2012 from Aust company Gelicious and been their No1 fan ever since! Not only is the lamp LED not UV (so no issues with rays damaging skin) but also the curing time is way less - 1 min each coat and 2 min for top top. Great results, lovely colour choices, quick online ordering, and lasts 2 weeks on fingers and weeks more on toes.

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    1. I also love the gelicious products and find the curing time less than that which is being mentioned here. Funny - they must have heaps of No 1 fans :) I used to always have acrylic nails, but live remote and can no longer maintain them. My nails look heaps better and are growing on their own with the protection from gelicious. It is an excellent product

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  13. I can't decide whether to buy this luminail kit or not :S can people please comment this post saying yes or no to buying it?? :)

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  14. Priceline and Target have removed all Luminail kits from their stores. A Johnson and Johnson rep told me there was a problem with the remover. Luminail are still selling from their site.

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  15. Thank you anonymous for the tip on the 80% acetone nail polish remover! I literally just found myself in a real bind with no cleanser left! Worked like a charm and seriously cheaper too! Yeehaa!

    And.. As a time saver I I do 4 fingers one hand and the opposite thumb. All fit in the led lamp and flat to avoid any running!! Halves the amount of time taken to get these fabulous nails on. I love my luminals!!

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