Sensationail Gel Nail Polish kit review with pictures

Love getting gel manis but hate shelling out up to R300 a pop? You’re going to love Sensationail; it’s pretty much all you need to give your gel mani chica the bye bye hand. Possibly. I mean, if you’re a bit rubbish at application like me you’re probably still going to want to hit up the nail bar. Also, that way you’ll have loads more colours to choose from. But ja, getting back to the awesomeness that is Sensationail…

Sensationail by Nailene starter kit in Rasberry Wine (also available in Red).

Sensationail’s starter kit includes everything you need to do your own gel nails at home. Alles. Like the LED lamp, colour, top and base coat, everything. The best bit is that it’s only R995 at selected Edgars and Red Square stores so it kind of pays for itself after three or four manis!

Each kit contains a PRO 3060 LED lamp, gel cleanser, primer, colour polish (Rasberrry Wine), gel base & top coat, lint-free wipes, nail buffer and mani stick.

Here’s how it works: You first prep your nails by swiping the Gel Cleanser over them (it kind of looks like acetone and if I ran out I’d pretty much use just that to replace it) before applying a thin layer of Gel Primer (which looks/feels like sticky water) to your nails and let it air dry. Ready to paint? Slick on a thin coat of clear Gel Base & Top Coat (which looks just like clear polish) and then stick your nails under the lamp for 30 seconds.

See how the base/top coat glows under the UV light? A nice way to see if you’ve missed a spot.

It makes a beeping noise after 30 seconds and auto switches off after 60 so you don’t need a timer. The next step is to apply a thin layer of gel polish to your nails and cure it under the lamp for 60 seconds.

I can fit my thumb in there too but only if I put my hand right at the back of the lamp. I’ve left it out for the sake of this shot otherwise you don’t see my finger nails properly.

After that, you’re to apply the Gel Base & Top Coat once more and cure it for 30 seconds. After that it’ll be BONE dry but will have a slightly sticky residual layer on top. Simply remove this with a swipe of Gel Cleanser and BOOM, you’re done!

The paint job was a bit of a rush job (time is not my friend right now) but you can still see that it’s super shiny. Oh! And forgive the glitter in my cuticles; I’d just removed a glitter polish.

Since getting the kit, I’ve done loads of manis for both myself and a couple of friends (way more than the ten you’re supposed to get out of the kit) and would recommend it to anyone. The actual polish, in my opinion, is just as good as salon brands like Shellac and Gelish in that it creates a super shiny rock hard mani that, if applied correctly, sticks around for up to fourteen days and even longer on your toes. However, application is everything girls. If you get it onto the skin on the sides of your nail or don’t seal your handiwork by running the brush along your nail tip it will end up chipping or lifting off entirely.

The only downside is that Sensationail’s colour selection is very limited; 12 shades in all. Still, I bought a few Gelish shades off eBay for R90 a pop including delivery and found they worked just fine with Sensationail’s Gel Base & Top Coat. In fact, there have been days where I’ve lazily skipped out on the Gel Primer and used plain old acetone in place of the Gel Cleanser and got great results.

In all, if you’re into wearing gel on your nails, slap this baby on your Christmas wish list; it won’t disappoint. You can also buy other shades of Sensationail Invincible Gel Polish separately for R159. For more info, visit Sensationail’s website over here.

Love, love


P.S. To soak it off, I first lightly buff at the top layer of the mani. Next, I saturate cotton pads with extra strength nail polish remover, place them on my nails and then secure them in place by wrapping each fingertip up with tin foil. After 20 minutes I gently scratch at the polish with an orange stick and it literally crumbles right off.

11 thoughts on “Sensationail Gel Nail Polish kit review with pictures

  1. Wow, I’d love to get this kit. I’m sure you can get more gel colours from Planet Nails aswell, and they’re really cheap in comparison. They also have these cute little containers that you can fill with acetone and then stick your fingers into to disolve the nails off

  2. Sounds awesome, definitely going on my Christmas list! I’m great at painting my nails but don’t bother half the time because it chips in 2 days – what a waste of quality time. If this lasts well, definitely gonna get a set!

  3. This is some high tech stuff. I saw it on the shelves on Saturday and thought Wow! What a awesome manicure set. Futuristic, like something from the Jeffersons cartoon;-)

  4. Hi, I have been reading quite a bit on the internet about the gel nails leaving you with weaker nail beds as a result, so use with caution. Also about the UV lamp (use sunscreen on fingers to avoid skin damage). Even though it looks good for those who don’t like regular polish – I am fortunate to have good nails, but have found fantastic results using nail polish from Bourjois (gel nail polish) – leaves your manicure smooth, dries fast within a minute, and doesnt chip fast at all – its a winner. Thanks for your posts, I enjoy them as its great to have a local one as opposed to always reading posts from USA or UK!

    1. If you wear them for ages without breaks in between, kind of. But that’s for ALL gel nail systems as they don’t allow your nails to ‘breath’ (even the one’s that claim that they do). Mine often end up expecially damaged after gel but that’s COMPLETELY my fault ‘cos I tend to get impatient with removal and scratch it off before it’s ready, lifting off a bit of my nail bed with it. My nails have always been weak and kak though. A stronger nail wouldn’t suffer as much – or at all – if it had breathers between applications and a proper, careful removal.

  5. My mom got one of these kits and I tried it out. I’m not sure if I’m doing something wrong but my nails are still ‘wet’ after curing them under the light. They feel super sticky still. Is that normal? I also used the gel cleanser at the end and it looked like half my polish almost came off. Weird?!

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