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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! 

Hello lovelies,

 

Long time no see, eh? Well the thing is - I've been very overwhelmed with work lately and I finally need to take blogging a little bit easier. It changed from a joyful and relaxing hobby to a chore and work and I need to recharge my batteries. I won't be blogging as actively as I've been for the past (almost) 7 years but I'm still here, still alive and kicking!

 

It's long overdue that I share with you my thoughts on the Semilac hybrid gel polish system. Lovely people from Semilac have sent me the Starter Kit* to try and some additional gel polish colours. You might have noticed one Semilac nail art I've done already back in October.

 

Semilac is a Polish (in this case it's finally with capital P, Semilac is from Poland! ;) brand and they have been crushing it over in Poland so I'm glad to see them expanding further to the UK and other countries.

 

Semilac Hybrid Gel Polish & Starter Kit | Review & Swatches
Semilac Hybrid Gel Polish & Starter Kit | Review & Swatches

 

"Semilac is a hybrid nail polish which combines gel, UV and nail polish properties to create a high performance, long lasting product which rivals the top gel nail polish brands currently on the market. Available in over 130 colours ranging from bright and vibrant to subtle and demure.

 

Offering salon ready nails from the comfort of your own home, we pride our products on being easy to apply and requiring next to no maintenance as they’ll be no chipping or smudging on or after application.

 

Alongside our Semilac UV Gel Polishes, we also have nail polishes in our excellent range of colours and UV Gel Colours ideal for nail art. Our collection of accessories is also extensive as we aim to offer everything you could possibly need to enjoy great nails day in, day out including the likes of LED lamps, brushes, nail files and so much more."

 

Yes, Semilac has a wide range of nail polish, gel polish, nail art gels and accessories so nail salons AND consumers like you and I can find products to try.

 

The Starter Kit arrived in a white glossy box with a shiny silver Semilac logo on it and inside it every product was neatly placed. The starter kit contains:

 

- UV LED Lamp 6W
- Semilac Removing wraps 50
- Nail Cleaner 50ml
- Semilac Remover 50 ml
- Base coat 6 ml
- Top coat 6 ml
- Straight nail file 100/180
- Straight wooden file 180/240
- Semilac Stripper
- A Sanding Block which is intended for matting the nail plate.
- UV Hybrid My Love 026 7 ml

 

For the price of £60 you'll get all the above. It's all you need to do your gel polish nails at home. In fact, most starter kits that I've tried contained less products than this so you really get a lot for your money.

 

Semilac Hybrid Gel Polish & Starter Kit | Review & Swatches
Semilac Hybrid Gel Polish & Starter Kit | Review & Swatches
Semilac Hybrid Gel Polish & Starter Kit | Review & Swatches

 

The UV LED lamp comes in a cute pastel pink colour on the top and white at the bottom. It has a ON/OFF button and adjustable timer so you can vary the length of time between 45 or 60 seconds. The lamp is very lightweight and transport friendly, ideal for mobile technicians or for ladies without dedicated nail space. It is 6W and alone costs £40 so get your monies worth by buying the whole kit.

 

Each bottle holds 7ml of product and the brush has medium length, straight bristles. It was quite easy to work with, the bristles aren't too stiff and the width of the brush is just perfect even for my small nails.

 

Semilac Hybrid Gel Polish & Starter Kit | Review & Swatches
Semilac Hybrid Gel Polish & Starter Kit | Review & Swatches

 

As I've listed above, the set contains everything you need for a home gel polish manicure, including one gel polish colour. In this case it's a beautiful red with glass flecks called My Love.

 

This was my first test and I was hooked straight away! After applying a coat of Semilac BASE, I've painted on two coats of My Love. The gel polish was very well pigmented and I only needed two thin coats for full coverage. It applied easily and together with Semilac TOP I've had beautifully glossy nails. The TOP leaves a sticky layer which I've cleaned with the Nail Cleaner and the lint free pads provided.

 

Semilac My Love 026

Semilac My Love 026

Semilac Hybrid Gel Polish & Starter Kit | Review & Swatches

 

I've also received three more colours to try so here are the swatches for you:

 

Glossy Cranberry 990 - this raspberry creme colour had exceptional pigmentation and was almost fully opaque in the first coat. I ended up applying two coats just to get the perfect finish.

Semilac Glossy Cranberry 990

Semilac Glossy Cranberry 990

 

Baby Girl 009 is a cool-toned pastel pink creme and it was also very well pigmented. I'm wearing two coats.

Semilac Baby Girl 009

Semilac Baby Girl 009

 

Shooting Star 114 is a gorgeous bright blue full of sparkle. Two coats were enough for full coverage.

Semilac Shooting Star 114

Semilac Shooting Star 114

 

So after trying all this - would I recommend Semilac Starter Kit and gel polishes? Hell yeah! I found it to be an amazing value for what you get and the gel polishes were so nice to work with and well pigmented, definitely one of the top five gel polish brands I've tried.

 

If you're in the UK, you can buy Semilac products at Semilac.co.uk and you don't have to be licensed nail professional. But I would always recommend you to watch videos made by professionals on how to use and remove any pro products properly. You can follow Semilac also on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

Have a lovely rest of the day and upcoming Holidays! Lucie x

 

*Products featured in this post were sent for review