Hello Loves. It's time for part 2 of the Daisy DUO Review. I have completed my wear test and removal and have the results to show you in addition to a swatch of Island Oasis. In case you missed the first part of the review, you can see more swatches and my thoughts on application here.
Let's start with Island Oasis and finish with the review, shall we? I have to admit, when I opened the package from Ester's Nail Center and saw Island Oasis, I had to laugh. Island Oasis is a slightly green leaning teal - one of my absolute favorite colors, but my photography nemesis. This one almost whooped me and I had to sacrifice skin tone for color accuracy, but it is such a gorgeous color I felt it needed to be shown as true as possible.
I love it so much, I just had to pair it with Sweet Romance and Forgotten Pink in this simple daisy manicure. Daisies with Daisy. You know I couldn't resist.
As I mentioned in Part 1 of my review, Daisy DUO has the base coat built in, so no separate base is required. Simply polish, top coat, and you're done. So, how does it wear? One word: Perfect. The packaging boasts up to 21 days of wear. I gave it 14 days of hard core testing on my much abused "Cinderella hand". I chose to use Sweet Romance for my wear test, simply because I felt like it wouldn't stand out as much when my right and left hands didn't match.
Flawless aside from growth. Not even tip wear. You may notice a bit of color change between the Day 1 and Day 14 photos. Yeah...I smoke with my right hand. So the discoloration is from nicotine staining of the top coat, not the gel changing. I am wearing it on my toes as well, and the color is still true as it was the day I applied it (I'll spare you the feet pictures). :) Another thing worth noting, I sliced corner of my index finger on day 8 of this test, effectively eliminating the gel that wraps the corner. This is usually a recipe for lifting for me, but the Daisy stayed put, even with the free edge exposed!
So how was removal? It was a little different, but not bad at all. I buffed the shine from the nail and soaked them with the foil wrap method for 10 minutes. When I checked it, I wasn't quite happy that the gel had softened enough, so I rewrapped for another 5 minutes. The first shot in the photo below is what I got when I removed the wraps at the 15 minute mark. Note that it is not flaking off in one piece, I was able to gently push it off with my thumb nail. There was a small spot on my ring finger that didn't easily push off (2nd shot), so I rewrapped that one for 2 minutes and tried again and it came off easily. As you can see in the bottom picture, there was no damage to my nails from removal (though I did desperately need some cuticle work).
So, how do I rate Daisy Duo gel on a scale of 1-5?
Application: 4 stars
Wear: 5 stars
Removal: 3 stars
Overall: 4 stars