Recently my friend Trisha sent me the new TruShine gel enamel system to try out. Let me tell you, I am so excited about this! As much as I love my Jamberry wraps, I am super tough on my nails and hands. I do a lot of crafts and DIY projects. I do use the wraps, however, I have oily nail beds and if I am doing a lot of crafts or DIY projects after application, they just don’t hold up as well as I would like.
I prefer gel manicures because they last a long time for me. I typically only have to remove the gel because I have growth at the nail bed, not because it is chipping or peeling off. I had another at home gel system I had been using but I wasn’t thrilled about the UV light or the fact that the enamel contains so many toxins.
A little about the Trushine Gel Enamel System:
- Jamberry Gel Enamel is 5-Free meaning free of the top five cancer-causing chemicals typically found in nail polish: Toluene, Formaldehyde, Dibutylphthalate (DBP), Camphor and Formaldehyde Resin
- The kit includes: top coat, color coat in Black Cherry, base coat, 12 nail prep wipes, cuticle oil, 50 gel remover pockets, LED curing lamp, nail buffer, cuticle pusher, 3 orange sticks, nail file and instructions
- You can use the gel enamel system with your Jamberry wraps or lacquer
- You gel manicure should last up to two weeks
- Retails for $120.00
I followed the instructions that came with the kit. It is similar to another home system I have tried. You begin by prepping your nails. Remove any other products you may have on your nails. Wash your hands with soap and water. Push back your cuticles and file nails.
Lightly buff your nails. This helps the gel enamel to grip onto your nails. Then wipe your nails with a nail prep wipe.
Apply a thin layer of base coat. Brush over the free edge of your nail. Remove any excess from around the nail using an orange stick.
Cure with the LED curing lamp for 45 seconds. (It automatically turns off after this amount of time.)
Apply a thin layer of color coat, brush over the free edge of the nail, use an orange stick to remove excess from around the nail and cure with the LED lamp for 45 seconds.
Repeat the above steps with a second color coat and then your top coat. You will have applied 4 coats total when you are finished – base coat, color coat, color coat and top coat – curing after each step for 45 seconds.
After your final cure on the top coat, remove tacky residue with a nail prep wipe.
It is easiest to complete your four fingers on one hand from start to finish, then do your other hand, and finish up with your thumbs. When you are completely done, wash your hands with soap and water. Apply cuticle oil and massage into your cuticles.
This gel enamel held up really well. This is what it looked like after one week:
My manicure still looked perfect except for the nail growth at the bottom!
Removing the gel is easy. Simply tear open a gel remover pocket along the dotted line and peel off the plastic shield to reveal the adhesive strip. Insert your finger into the remover pocket, positioning your nail against the moistened pad. Fold the remover pocket around your finger which will seal the adhesive strip to itself. Allow it to soak for 10 minutes. Remove the pocket and using an orange stick, gently slide off any remaining gel residue. Wash your hands and apply cuticle oil.
Below are some videos on application and removal to help you learn more:
Here are my final thoughts on this gel system and then scroll to the end to enter to win a Jamberry gift certificate!
- Gel enamel lasts a long time – up to two weeks with no chipping.
- Jamberry is free from five toxins typically found in other nail products.
- Gel enamel is easy to apply and is immediately dry when you are finished applying. This is great for a busy mom and business owner!
- Jamberry TruShine uses LED light rather than UV light, which may be safer.
- Expensive initial investment – however, since you can do at least five application and removals with this kit without purchasing any additional supplies, it works out to $24 per manicure. This is significantly less than what you would pay at the salon.
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