Hello Loves. I have a full review of the IBD Just Gel Polish Gel Art Kit for you today. This one has been out for a while, but I found a great deal on Amazon and couldn't pass it up. The Gel Art Kit consists of 6 bottles of polish and a dotting tool. The polishes have really difficult to remember names. Ready to hear them? They are: Just Black, Just White, Just Yellow, Just Green, Just Red and Just Blue. ;)
So how are these Gel Art Polishes different from the regular Just Gel Polishes? Several ways!
The Bottles: The bottles are half the size of a regular Just Gel Polish bottle at 0.25 fl oz. Here's a comparison shot that shows the difference. The smaller bottle makes sense considering these are thicker polishes that require less coats and are intended for nail art.
The Brushes: They come with a built in striping brush as opposed to the larger polishing brushes. I found the striping brushes to be a great length and very easy to work with, though I did have to trim a few of them as they had uneven tips.
The Formula: Each of these Art Gel Polishes are a thicker, one coat formula. They are UV/LED compatible (of course, that part isn't different - the Just Gel Polishes are also UV/LED). You know I had to put them to the test. For the most part, they didn't disappoint. I started with a few swirls. Needless to say, I didn't keep this one for long. The red nail looks like my cuticles are bleeding. lol
Here's a closeup of each of the colors on my nails. The black is a little weak in spots, but I could have easily fixed those lines before I cured.
And since I only have 5 fingers, I did a quick swatch with a black base so you can see the white too.
The Dotting Tool: The dotting tool that comes with the kit is pretty basic. The handle is acetone resistant plastic and it has two ends with different sized tips. One is a super fine tip for creating the tiniest dots imaginable. The other is a slightly larger bulb tip that is used for small dots and accents. This one is also great for fine lines.
Playing is playing, but let's see how they do in an actually mani with thick and thin lines over various colors. You know, something with a bit more detail and less bleeding cuticle effect. How about Argyle and Roses? Yeah, I know...strange combination, but I love how it turned out. lol
As you can see, the white is a little weak but the other colors perform quite nicely with just one layer. Let's take a closer look. I wish I had been able to work more yellow into the design, but I just couldn't find a way other than accent dots.
Overall, I'm impressed with the IBD Just Gel Polish Gel Art Kit and can definitely see myself using them regularly. It is also a really great kit for anyone who is just starting out with gel polish nail art. I hope IBD comes out with a greater range of colors soon. I would love to see some secondary and tertiary colors. Sure, I could mix them myself, but that defeats the purpose of the built in striping brushes, which is a feature I really like. It not only saves time, but it also saves product since I don't have to decant a bit on a pallet and use a separate brush.
If you're wondering about that awesome holographic glitter base, let me tell you what happened there. You see, I started out with a base of IBD Just Gel Patchwork. I was looking for a glitter for an accent nail and realized I had this jar of microfine Supernail Glitter in Silver Rush that I picked up months ago but never opened. I popped it open and dusted it onto a nail. You know how much I love my glitter and my holos, right? I had no clue this little jar held this much bang. The pictures don't really do it justice. Its mesmerizing. Yeah, so I got a little light headed, my eyes crossed, and before I knew it I had glitter dusted every nail. Funny how that happens to me sometimes. Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I found a great deal on this IBD Just Gel Polish Nail Art Kit on Amazon. The last I checked, they had a limited number remaining, so if you want one, grab it while you still can here!
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