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Sorbet Pro Gel Effect Nail Polish – A review

What? A nail polish review?? From a DIYer and home decor enthusiast no less! The thing is, I really do love a fresh new mani and pedi. It makes me feel pampered and more put together. I can be a DIYer with pretty nails, can’t I? My problem is that I seldom paint my nails, because they have usually chipped within the first 2 days and who has time for that? Cue Sorbet Pro Gel Effect nail polish πŸ™‚

When I saw the Sorbet Pro Gel Effect nail polish at Clicks recently, I remembered that I had had pedi done with it earlier in the year at one of the Sorbet salons. It had held up really well, so I thought that I would give it a go on my hands as well. The only catch was that I couldn’t just buy the colour, I had to buy the top coat as well – I hemmed and hawed about it for a bit because of the cost, but decided to just go for it. And, to be honest, I’m glad that I did. Go for it, that is.

The first time I used it, it lasted over a week. I stretched this out even further by just removing the nail polish and redoing it on my nails as they eventually started to chip. This extended the wear to about 2 weeks. I was hooked.

When I redid my nails, in the colour “Minted”, I decided to track the progress and do a full review on it.

This is what I documented over the 7 day period:

Note: This is a review on the polish on not my nail-painting skills. There is some room for improvement there!

Sorbet Pro Gel Effect Nail Polish Day 1- Review - Sawdust and High Heels
Still fresh the morning after. If you see any pieces on the skin, ignore them. I am not a professional and they come off eventually 😉🤷🏼‍♀️
Sorbet Pro Gel Effect Nail Polish Day 2 - Review - Sawdust and High Heels
Can you tell the difference between Day 1 and Day 2? I couldn’t; I had to check the dates on my photos! This is already a win for me πŸ™‚
Sorbet Pro Gel Effect Nail Polish Review Day 3 - Sawdust and High Heels
Still looking pretty good to me and this is after giving them a good battering on a steel string guitar🎸! Other nail polishes have tried and failed in that department!
Sorbet Pro Gel Effect Nail Polish Review Day 4 - Sawdust and High Heels
Some unavoidable regrowth and some slight wear on the tips. This could be because I didn’t seal them properly while doing the paint job, or it could just be the nail polish. A retest with short nails is in order*.

We then have a weekend where I have just realised that I didn’t take any planned, detailed photos. Such a good blogger and reviewer I am 🤦🏼‍♀️! I can tell you though that it was jam packed with birthday parties, family time and fun which was all hard on the nails 😁 I did manage to get a shot in on Day 6. Completely unplanned of course!

Sorbet Pro Gel Effect Nail Polish Review Day 6 - Sawdust and High Heels
Day 6: I don’t know if you can see much detail on the actual nail polish, but it’s still looking pretty good.
Sorbet Pro Gel Effect Nail Polish Review Day 7 - Review - Sawdust and High Heels
The are still looking okay, except for the ring finger that obviously needs to be redone. I washed dishes without gloves, which makes my nails soft. Soft, long nails bend more and causes cracks in the polish. Once that happens, chips are inevitable. Still, I’m pretty happy with it at 7 days in πŸ˜€

That’s it! 7 days of wear testing the Sorbet Pro Gel Effect nail polish.

I can summarize my findings as follows:

  • The finish is durable – if I can play my steel string guitar without it being scraped of, I consider it a win.
  • It reduced the chances of my nails splitting, which they tend to do the minute they start growing in earnest.
  • The top coat seals everything well and gives a nice, glossy shine to the nail.
  • They do take a bit longer to cure. I have found that, on occasion, I go to bed thinking that they are dry, but wake up to find that there are a few impressions left on them from the pillow or duvet. My guess is that the increased curing time is what is creating the super-durable finish.
  • It is not the cheapest option out there at R 110.00 per bottle. Clicks however seem to run regular specials where you can buy 2 colours and get a 3rd free. So far that special has unfortunately excluded the top coat. The price however doesn’t put me off, because I’m saving time.

*I’m now rerunning the test, but with short nails. I’ll let you know how it goes πŸ˜‰

If you haven’t read my post on my blogging journey, this post may come across as completely offside for my blog. Nevertheless, as I said in the beginning of this post, I love to feel pampered. Manis and pedis are expensive, so if I can DIY them I can keep the costs down and still feel pampered – it works for me! And after all, DIY and budget are what this blog is all about, right? πŸ˜‰

I hope that you have found this post helpful; I’d love to hear from you! Drop me a comment below or a DM on Instagram and let’s chat πŸ˜€

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