Hello Loves. After publishing my review of Gelaze by China Glaze, I received an email from their PR Director asking if they could send me a gift to say "Thank you" for the review. Naturally I accepted, so I have more swatches to share with you as well as my thoughts on Gelaze Remove. Of course, since Gelaze colors are buy one get one free at Sally Beauty Supply this month, I have since purchased a few more Gelaze colors as well. Be on the lookout for swatches of those later this week. ;)
The first color I was sent is the ever popular For Audrey. This is a gorgeous, slightly muted Tiffany blue cream. I can see why it is a crowd favorite and the color so many people have been waiting for in soak off gel.
The next color I have to show you is Turned Up Turquoise. This is an absolutely gorgeous, frosty turquoise blue, but I found it to be a bit on the sheer side. I will definitely layer it over undies in the future. Also, since it is a frost it can be tricky to apply without streaks in the finish.
The final color for today is this hot pink beauty called Purple Panic. This is probably my favorite of the three, which is surprising since I do tend to favor blues and teals. While the base is most definitely pink, it has this awesome purple shimmer that gives it a very shifty appearance. If you click on the picture below to pull up the full size photo, you can see the shimmer much better.
Last but not least, this small bottle of Gelaze Remover was included in my gift. This product is only available to professionals at this time.
So, how does it stack up? Well, it smells like acetone and it removes almost as quickly as pure acetone. Complete soak off with pure acetone took 10 minutes for me. I also timed this soak off at 10 minutes, but the gel didn't push off of the nail quite as easily. I was still able to push it off with gently with my thumb nail, but I believe another minute would have made the ease of removal equal to the pure acetone soak I tested in my previous Gelaze review. With that said, this one didn't turn my fingers white and ashy like acetone. I believe this is thanks to the added ingredient Isopropyl Palmilate, which is a palm oil based moisturizer. But is it worth the additional cost? I honestly believe that would depend on your skin. My skin tends to lean toward the dry side, so acetone really does a number on my cuticles. The added moisturizers in Gelaze Remove are a definitely plus in my book, making it superior to pure acetone in my opinion.
I'll leave you with an off topic question. I spend a crazy amount of time on photography and editing - I take anywhere from 20-50 shots of each color (sometimes 100 or more if it happens to be a tricky color), and once I select the photos to use, each picture takes approximately 30 minutes to process. In order to spend a little less time playing photographer and a little more time with my family, I'm toying with the idea of going back to one shot for swatch pictures like I have in this post. What are your thoughts? Is one photo sufficient? Or do you prefer multiple shots?
*The products featured in this post were sent to me as a gift by Gelaze to show their gratitude for the previous review. This post uses Amazon Affiliate links. Purchases through these links help support this site.