We all know and love the flawlessly finished, long-lasting, convenient manicure that you get when you have a Gelish mani, but all of a sudden, out of nowhere, our social media pages were flooded with pictures of people dipping their nails in beautifully coloured powder, and coming out with the most perfect manicures we’ve ever seen.
Our first thought: what is this sorcery? Our second: where do we get it done?
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Since the team at Essentials has always got your best interests at heart, we sent our beauty editor to go and try out the new Gelish Dip System to get the answers to our many questions…
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OK, so what is the Gelish Dip System?
While acrylic dip systems aren’t new to the nail world, this is a first for South Africa. Basically it’s a manicure that fills the gap between a standard Gelish mani and regular acrylic nails.
Rather than applying many layers of polish and spending time drying your nails under a lamp, your nail technician applies a base coat, dips your nails into a pigmented powder, repeats, buffs, and voila (well, pretty much!).
OK, OK – we’ll break it down even further. Your actual colour comes in the form of a pigmented powder. Your nails will be prepped (filed and slightly buffed — less though than for regular Gelish or Acrylic nails), and then a base coat is applied.
You then dip your nails into the coloured powder (hence the name Gelish Dip). This is repeated, before an activator and top coat are applied. If there are any lumps and bumps, they’ll buff these away (so the results can be smoother than a regular Gelish mani). The whole process takes less than 30 minutes — ideal for us busy ladies on the go!
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Awesome, but how long does a Gelish Dip mani last?
We’re glad you asked — a Gelish Dip mani is harder than regular Gelish, and while it’s also meant to last 2 weeks, our beauty editor has had hers on for almost 3 weeks and there’s not a chip in sight.
Where can I get a Gelish Dip manicure?
Salons around South Africa are starting to roll out the new technique from mid March, but it might take a little longer for your favourite nail bar to bring in the products and train staff.
Our advice? Phone ahead and ask — that way you’ll know what’s happening and your salon will know there’s a demand for the product.
Sounds great, but am I going to be limited in my colour choice?
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Not even close! Initially there will only be around 40 colour choices (including fun metallics), but once it’s fully rolled out, you’ll be able to match pretty much any Morgan Taylor or Gelish colour with Gelish Dip.
How much will this set me back?
The price will vary a bit from salon to salon, but it will be around R50 to R80 more than standard a Gelish mani. Don’t forget about your time saving, though.
So, should you try a Gelish Dip mani?
Our beauty editor’s verdict: “I have to say, I love the way it looked on my nails. The finish was much thinner and it achieved a nicer shape than I get from my usual Gelish manicure (and let’s not even talk about what it looks like when I paint them myself!), so if you’re after a fab finish and time saving, give this a try! Although you still have to soak the polish off, it seemed to come off easier than a regular Gelish mani.”
Just in case you’re still unsure, here’s a video of exactly how Gelish Dip works…