Wet n Wild 1-Step Wonder Gel | Review

I usually suck at painting my nails. They always end up looking like they were painted by a 5-year old. You would think that getting them done professionally would do the trick… but I never could seem to keep them looking perfect for more than a couple of hours. So, I just stopped coloring my fingernails altogether except for the gel manicure I got for my wedding three years ago. Now THAT lasted a seriously long time. But regular polish? Forget it!

Then, someone gave me a couple of bottles of the Wet n Wild 1-Step Wonder Gel. I decided to try it out.

shade: Stay Classy

shade: Under My Plum

The Claims

The company’s claim is that it is “the first gel formula that doesn’t require a top coat and cures without a lamp… Provides up to 2 weeks of color and shine in 1 easy step.”

  • No UV Light Required
    • This is definitely a plus since having a gel manicure done at the salon is pretty expensive.
  • No Harsh Removal
    • Based on experience, it did take a lot more effort to remove my gel polish the one time I did try it.
  • 3-Free! No Formaldehyde, Toluene, or Phthalates
    • I guess this is a good thing for people who have sensitive skin or allergies to any of these substances.

First Impressions

I decided to use the shade, Stay Classy. It’s a pretty mauve color, not too bright so my mistakes wouldn’t be as conspicuous, I thought.

The first thing I noticed right away was how easy the application was. This is seriously the best application I have ever done in my life. Second thing I noticed was how quickly it dried down. My nails were dry in less than 10 minutes. Since the claims said I didn’t need a topcoat, I didn’t apply one. Hmm… It was looking pretty good.

I also did my toenails, by the way, but I will not be posting a picture of them because I have ugly feet! LOL!

after application of first coat

Final Verdict

As I predicted, the color on my fingernails did NOT last 2 weeks. However, there was only minimal chipping at the very tips on the 4th and 5th day of wear. By the 7th day, they looked terrible. I have to put it out there that I wasn’t being extra careful with my nails. I did all the stuff I usually do– dig in my bag, open jars with my fingertips, wash my hands multiple times a day, pick my teeth (How elegant of me)… So, it really did not surprise me.

5th day

My toenails, on the other hand, were a different story. The polish on them was still in practically pristine condition on the 11th day.

I am pretty impressed with this nail polish. If I ever do need to go buy a new bottle, I will definitely be heading straight to the Wet n Wild counter for it. Two thumbs up!

Related Links:

Wet n Wild Website

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