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Hi everyone, 

As you know, I've only just started to write blog posts again after what...2,5-3 years? In that time I've managed to have a baby boy who is now a two year old toddler(!) which is really the main reason I haven't had time for nails and blogging. 

Something also happened with my chemistry of nails and nail polish just doesn't last on me at all these days. I used to be able to get 5-7 days wear, now I'm lucky if I don't get chipping within the first 24 hours. It's mental!

That's why I started to explore nail dipping systems. They last 2-4 weeks and give the nails strength and support similar to acrylic overlay, and can quite easily be done at home as well.

Out of all the nail dipping systems out there, there is only one that I fell in love with and one that offers a one bottle for all steps instead of multiple bottles of product and IS NOT ACRYLIC POWDER! 

That system is LART Supreme Mineral Dipping System.

Let's put a disclaimer right here, I liked LART products so much that together with my biz partners we've decided to bring LART products to the UK. So I am now part of the distribution team for LART UK and have also become an Educator for the UK. I purchase my LART products, I don't get them for free apart from this starter kit which was part of my training and I could keep it. 

Here's what the LART Supreme products look like - overall, you only need 4 products to create dipping manicure with the Supreme system - a lot less products than with conventional acrylic dip systems!

REVIEW: LART Supreme Mineral Powder Dipping System & Leopard Print Nail Art
REVIEW: LART Supreme Mineral Powder Dipping System & Leopard Print Nail Art

About LART

LART is an international brand that originates from Poland. They have created two product lines of Mineral Dipping Systems - Pro and Supreme. They also offer a wide range of Hybrid gel polish which I've already shown here.

LART Pro is ideal for salon nail professionals and it offers the option of dipping manicure, french dipping manicure and extensions to any length. Pro range is only available to nail professionals that complete LART training course.

LART Supreme is an innovation to the system with only one bottle of gel for all the steps and with an in-built activator so no need for a bottle of hardening solution like with other systems. It's great for salon nail professionals, mobile nail stylists but also available for at-home users thanks to the ease of use. 

LART offers this convenient starter kit which offers all the products you'll need to create Supreme Mineral Dipping manicure. There are also two colours to start you off. 

The Supreme Starter Kit comes in a compact cosmetic bag and it looks like this:

REVIEW: LART Supreme Mineral Powder Dipping System & Leopard Print Nail Art

The Supreme Starter Kit contains:

1x LART Gel Supreme (18 ml)
1x LART Shine Formula (120 ml)
1x LART Supreme Natural powder (28 g)
2x LART Supreme coloured powder (14g)
1x Pump dispenser for LART Supreme Shine Formula (60 ml)
1x Modern LART SUPREME washable bag

 

The main benefits of LART Supreme Mineral Dipping System:

๐Ÿ‘ A professional quality dipping manicure that lasts for several weeks without chipping, flaking or colour fading

๐Ÿ‘ LART powders contain benzoyl peroxide, which is an antiseptic and inhibits bacterial growth - it is safe to use the products on multiple clients
๐Ÿ‘ Ultrafast drying thanks to unique Integrated Safe Color System (ISCS) powder technology
๐Ÿ‘ Powders are mineral-based, NOT acrylic-based

๐Ÿ‘ LART dipping systems don't cause allergies as proven by dermatological safety certificates (unless a person is in a rare group of people allergic to particular (very often unknown) ingredient)

๐Ÿ‘ Perfect for mobile nail technicians who need compact but professional system but also fantastic for salons and at-home consumer use
๐Ÿ‘ Safe application for pregnant women and diabetics
๐Ÿ‘ No need for UV/LED lights

๐Ÿ‘ LART products are vegan and cruelty-free 
๐Ÿ‘ Can be used with difficult nail plate or mechanically damaged nails and thanks to vitamin E and calcium content, it evens the irregularities, enhances and rebuilds damaged nail plate, and ensures faster growth

๐Ÿ‘ It's fast, safe and healthier than traditional acrylic powder dipping systems

๐Ÿ‘ Manicure lasts up to 4 weeks

Check out this handy LART Supreme tutorial which shows how the system is used and how to create a manicure with it:

 

In short, this is how to use the Supreme dipping system:

  1. Clean and prep the nails and cuticle area - DO NOT use cuticle softener!
  2. Gently etch the nail plate with 240 grit file (you can use rougher ones but it might be too rough on the nails)
  3. Apply a thin layer of Supreme Gel onto 1/3 of the nail (in a fan shape widening from middle of the nail to the free edge) and then dip it in Supreme Natural Powder. Tap off excess powder and brush the rest off with a soft brush. 
  4. Apply another thin layer of Supreme Gel on 3/4 of the nail (again from under the cuticle area and widening towards the free edge) and then dip it in Supreme Natural Powder. Tap off excess powder and brush the rest off with a soft brush. You can file and buff lightly if your structure is too bumpy. I like to file and buff after colour only. 
  5. If you're building long nails, you'll need to do two more coats to build the proper structure (or you can use two coats altogether of Infinity powder from Pro range which has been specifically developed for doing extensions). If your nails are short, skip step 5. and move to step 6.
  6. Apply Supreme Gel on the whole nail - as close to the cuticle you can get without touching it or flooding it - then slowly dip the nail into the colour powder. Tap off excess powder and brush the rest off with a soft brush. 
  7. Repeat step 6. for second coat of colour
  8. Gently file nails with 180 grit file and buff to completely smooth the surface. Be careful not to over-file! Wash hands with warm water (no soap!) and carefully dry the nails with a lint-free pad. Kitchen paper towel works great too. 
  9. Apply Supreme Shine Formula - wipe each nail with moistened lint-free pad
  10. Apply a very thin layer of Supreme Gel on the whole nail in quick brush strokes and cap the free edge. It doesn't have to be perfect, the second layer will take care of imperfections. Avoid touching the cuticle
  11. Apply a thin second layer of Supreme Gel on the whole nail. This time you can take a bit more time and make sure your application is precise. Let the nails dry for few minutes and apply cuticle oil. 

TIPS:

  • Wipe your Supreme Gel brush on a dust free wipe or paper towel to prevent any powder entering the jar
  • Get yourself a bottle of LART Brush Cleaner to keep your brush in top condition
  • Removal tip - put a hot water into a small bowl (as hot as you can stand), put a freezer bag over the bowl (make sure it's acetone resistant by testing it beforehand), place a cotton pad into the bag, pour in a small amount of acetone and add few drops of LART Orange & Cinnamon cuticle oil for extra nourishment. Soak your manicure for up to 10 minutes with occasionally rubbing your nails on the cotton pads. I do this and my LART manicure comes off completely in 10 minutes!

 

Today I'll show you a manicure I've done on myself using LART Supreme Mineral Dipping System so that you can see the final result that can be achieved. I've used LART Supreme colour no. 13 (or LS 13) which is a rich red shade. Then I painted leopard print with acrylic paint and thin nail art brush. 

REVIEW: LART Supreme Mineral Powder Dipping System & Leopard Print Nail Art
REVIEW: LART Supreme Mineral Powder Dipping System & Leopard Print Nail Art
REVIEW: LART Supreme Mineral Powder Dipping System & Leopard Print Nail Art

One interesting thing about the LART products - the colour powders can be interchanged with each system so you can have colours from Pro and Supreme line and can use them with both systems as well. I find that great because I can pick and choose the colours I like best from both systems. If you use a colour powder from Pro range, you will need to use the Quick Dry liquid since Pro colour powders don't have the in-built activator. But that's the only caveat I know of. 

More pictures of my nails lol..

REVIEW: LART Supreme Mineral Powder Dipping System & Leopard Print Nail Art
REVIEW: LART Supreme Mineral Powder Dipping System & Leopard Print Nail Art
REVIEW: LART Supreme Mineral Powder Dipping System & Leopard Print Nail Art

Availability:

You can order LART Supreme products at LART UK website through catalogues and an order form. We're still a fairly small operation but we'll bring an online store in due time!

LART Supreme Starter Kit costs £109.94 through LART UK website or email uk@lartnails.eu 

Don't be scared by the price though, 4-5 manicures and you've got your monies worth as opposed to having nails done at a salon. And you'll definitely be able to do many, many more manicures with this kit!

 

As you can see, I can't get enough of this superb and unique dipping system! I've been wearing it nearly constantly for the last 9 months and it allowed me to grow my nails to a longer length and protects them from breaking. 

Not only is it healthier and kinder to nails than acrylic dip systems, I'm not experiencing any 'dip flu' from the products either! 

Tell me, have you tried dipping system yet? What's your experience? What's holding you back from trying it?

Have a fantastic day! 

Disclaimer: I am affiliated with LART - I'm the official UK reseller and Educator for the UK

 

Hi there, 

How are you all doing during this difficult time? 

I've been cheering myself up with new manicure every few weeks and boy, did I miss having my nails pretty! 

Today I want to share with you a very colourful rainbow manicure I've recently worn. I've used LART and Bio Seaweed gel polishes and I'll include a short comparison of the two brands further down. 

Colourful Rainbow Manicure with LART Hybrid Gel Polish & Bio Seaweed Gel Polish + comparison
Colourful Rainbow Manicure with LART Hybrid Gel Polish & Bio Seaweed Gel Polish + comparison

My friend BB over at SNSnailskent bought the LART Hybrid Gel polishes and I really wanted to try them out to see whether we should stock them for the UK market. That's how this manicure started...

I was testing out four LART Hybrid Gel polish shades to try the opacity and formula and their Infinity Base & Top coat system. Once she left I really didn't want to take those lovely bright colours off so I looked into my stash of gel polishes and picked some Bio Seaweed Gel polishes to finish off the other hand. And since I'm wearing two different brands I might as well compare the two!

Here are the colours I've used:

  • LART 014 Lotus Flower
  • LART 012 Chilli
  • LART 411 Honey
  • LART 602 Berry
  • Bio Seaweed Gel #80 Shipwreck
  • Bio Seaweed Gel #228 Very Berry
  • Bio Seaweed Gel #194 Mermaid
  • Bio Seaweed Gel #107 Pinky Swear
Colourful Rainbow Manicure with LART Hybrid Gel Polish & Bio Seaweed Gel Polish + comparison

Opacity

Both brands had shades that were fully opaque in two coats and then some that would need three coats to be perfect. I think most brands have this problem but I would like to see only a few shades that do this to really love a brand. 

With LART, the mustard-coloured shade Honey was the one that would look better with three coats but I could JUST get away with two. I find most yellow colours do this and lack good opacity. Other LART colours were lovely and opaque in two coats. 

With Bio Seaweed Gel the opacity was a bit worse. The Shipwreck (dark blue/purple) definitely needed three coats to be nice and dark and so did the Pinky Swear. The others were quite lovely in two coats. 

Application

Both LART and Bio Seaweed Gel were lovely to apply and I had absolutely no issue with consistency or their brushes apart from the lower opacity of few shades. 

Strength

I've included this category because for me it's important how much strength the gel polish provides for the nail, especially when the nails are weak and thin. 

I've noticed a huge difference in strength and it surprised me. With Bio Seaweed Gel, my nails were still weak and very flexible. So much so that one has already cracked from my nails underneath being too flexible. 

However, with LART it was very different. My nails were supported, the nails had strength and didn't bend nearly at all. There was a tiny bit of flexibility but not enough to damage my nails by accident. The Infinity  system of Base and Top coat is designed to provide extra strength and can also be used to extend the nail up to 2mm which is the first time I've seen this possibility with a gel polish system. 

Longevity

I've had the polishes on for 10 days in total.

The first problem appeared three days in when I bent one of the nails with Bio Seaweed Gel on. The nail itself is ok but the Bio Seaweed Gel cracked and I could see a start of peeling off. What a shame! 

Later on I've had more cracks of Bio Seaweed Gel but luckily nothing like that with LART gel polishes. I think the added strength was the reason. 

Colourful Rainbow Manicure with LART Hybrid Gel Polish & Bio Seaweed Gel Polish + comparison
Colourful Rainbow Manicure with LART Hybrid Gel Polish & Bio Seaweed Gel Polish + comparison

I must say I was very surprised how much of a difference there was between those two brands. I'm definitely liking LART hybrid gel polishes more and I'm not saying that just because I'm selling them. They were better, hands down! I think I'll have to get a selection of LART gel polishes for myself for when I'll want a change from LART Dipping system manicures. LART gel polishes are great for nail art and that's what I'm really missing - creating little pieces of art, my art therapy!

I tried to find where to buy Bio Seaweed Gel in the UK but I think the distributor is no longer selling them and I wasn't able to find if there's a new one. If you know one, let me know and I'll happily link to them. 

LART Hybrid Gel Polishes and the rest of products are available to order at LART Nails UK website. We currently have catalogues you can browse and soon will have products available elsewhere online (but psst, that's a secret for now!). 

Hope you've enjoyed this little comparison and let me know if you've heard of LART products before and where ;)

Picture courtesy of LART

Picture courtesy of LART

Colourful Rainbow Manicure with LART Hybrid Gel Polish & Bio Seaweed Gel Polish + comparison