Thursday, February 12, 2015

3D Roses with Bundle Monster 3D Modeling Gel (Review)

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BMC 3D Modeling Gel Review

Hello Loves!  I have something super fun to show you today!  I received these 3d Modeling Gels from Bundle Monster to review and have had a blast playing with them.  I've been trying out techniques for making acrylic roses in class, so I couldn't resist giving it a shot with the modeling gel.  I'm happy to report that it not only works beautifully, but I find it easier than using acrylic!  Not that you should be surprised by that...I find anything gel easier than acrylic. ;)
3D Rose Nail Art with Bundle Monster 3D Modeling Gel

So what exactly are these little pots of awesomeness?  The BMC 3D Modeling Gel is a super high viscosity, clay-like gel that cures to a hard, tack-free finish.  They are available in 12 colors and can be used with molds or freehand to create 3D nail art.  What's even better is that they are LED compatible and soak off!  Whoo Hoo!  The set I used in this manicure is the Bright Colors set.  I should probably note that the purple in these photos is a bit washed out.  It is actually bolder than it appears beside the blue and pink (as you will see in the video tutorial - yes, I did a video!). 

Now for the nitty gritty.  When I requested these, I was super excited to try them.  When I got them, it took less than 10 minutes and I was ready to throw them across the room.  Why?  Because like everything else in the gel world, there is a learning curve.  Now that I have figured them out, I absolutely love them and plan to pick up the rest of the set once I get back on my feet.  So allow me to save you the frustration and share some pointers that will make these the most amazing thing you have ever played with!
  • They are difficult to get out the pot.  The trick is to use a dry brush and dig out a ball/blob.  Use the side of the brush to push the ball of gel to the edge of the jar.  Then you can work it up, out, and onto your brush.  You'll see this in the video tutorial later in this post.  Once you figure out the technique, it's a breeze.
  • Once they get on the brush, they don't want to let go.  Here's another trick.  At this point, you have to press the gel onto the nail and swirl your brush a little until it lets go.  It will stand at attention and there will be residue on the brush.  Isopropyl Alcohol is your best friend.  Dip your brush and wipe it on a paper towel to remove the residue.  Then dip it again and quickly blot it on a paper towel before shaping the gel.  As long as the brush is damp, the modeling gel won't stick to it and you can smooth and smush 'til your heart's content.
  • Apply your top coat and remove the tacky layer BEFORE you apply the modeling gel.  If you apply the top coat over the modeling gel, it will settle into the fine creases and turn your awesome 3D nail art into a not so awesome blob.  Yes, another lesson I learned the hard way.  :)
  • If you aren't up for trying freehand, they can also be used with nail art molds.  See?  This is a mold I picked up forever ago and I don't remember where I purchased it, but Bundle Monster has several nice mold sets to choose from as well.
    Molded Rose with BMC 3D Modeling Gel
  • The Modeling Gels are soak off, but anytime you add this much bulk to a nail, soak off is going to take a while.  Plan to file down the design before soaking to speed things up.  A 180 grit file should do the trick.

Here's another shot.
3D Rose Nail Art with Bundle Monster 3D Modeling Gel

The base for this mani is Bundle Monster Peaceful Harmony topped with Bundle Monster Twinkle Rose.

So, I made a video tutorial.  Have I ever mentioned that I really hate hearing myself on recordings?  I'm also horrible at videos in general.  I butcher the English language by saying "gunna" instead of "going to" about a million times.  Oh, and it is nearly impossible to find a quiet moment in this house.  Even when I think I'm clear, something happens.  In this tutorial, that something is Annie Belle letting out a really loud snore!  That's my girl!  Considering she's a Boston Terrier, I'm just thankful it was a snore.  ;)  Ready for the tutorial?

Of course, I have a few more pictures to share too.  If you watched the video, you've already seen them, but I'm sharing them here anyway.  ;)
3D Rose Nail Art with Bundle Monster 3D Modeling Gel

Note the veins in the petals.  Those are actually the bristle imprints from where I pressed and stroked the petals into place.  The modeling gel captured them for a cool, realistic effect!
3D Rose Nail Art with Bundle Monster 3D Modeling Gel

So, what do you think?  Are you a fan of 3D Nail Art?  Do you need these 3D Modeling Gels in your life?  If so, you can pick up a set on Bundle Monster's website here or on Amazon here.


*The BMC 3D Modeling Gels featured in this post were provided by Bundle Monster for my honest review.  This post uses Amazon Affiliate Links.  Purchases through these links generate commissions that help fund this site.  All other links are courtesy links and do not benefit  


  1. Lovelovelove it!! I'd love to try this, but with molds ;) I might get some stuff, I really like how it looks ;)

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  2. These look amazing - like the answer to all my 3D sculpting woes. How do they compare to 3D work with acrylic?

    1. They're easier for me. Since they don't set until you cure them, you have plenty of time to mold and shape the gel. Plus, you can easily remove the ball and try again if a petal.isn't working out just right. The only annoying thing about the gels is getting them out of the pot and off of the brush. After that, they're a breeze.

  3. It's like wedding cake! On your nails!!

  4. How fun does this look!!! Must give it a try!

  5. Awesome design, beautiful great job. is it really 3D design.

  6. This is so cool. I love the idea of being able to build exactly what you want (skill allowing). Just got the 12 piece set and a couple molds. Can't wait to try!

  7. This is so awesome, and I'm definitely going to buy some. I have a few questions:
    - if you use the molds, how would you attach the 3D element? nail glue? gel top coat?
    - if you use a mold, do you cure for the same 30 seconds in an LED lamp?
    - do you think these would adhere if you freehanded the 3D on top of a regular polish base?


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