Gelish mini basic kit review

If there’s one thing that makes my eye twitch, it’s chipped nails.๐Ÿคช

I’m always battling to get on top of this one though, because who has 3 hours every 2 weeks to get a gel manicure? Imagine all the snacks I could make (or fights I could referee) during that time! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Here’s where my gelish mini starter kit has been an absolute life-saver. It takes me half an hour to do my hands and the polish lasts for weeks. The current gel on my toes has been there for 7 weeks and if it wasn’t for the regrowth, it would still pass as decent ๐Ÿ˜‚.

You can have the perfect gel manicure in 6 quick steps.

1. Wipe nails with the cleanser.

2. Paint on the dehydrator.

3. Paint on the foundation. Cure for 45 seconds.

4. Paint on the soak off gel polish colour of your choice. Cure for 45 seconds. Add another coat if required.

5. Paint on the top it off sealer. Cure for 45 seconds.

6. Paint on the nourishing cuticle oil.


The Gelish Mini Basic kit comes with:

  1. PH bond dehydrator
  2. Foundation
  3. Sealer
  4. Cuticle oil
  5. Nail cleanser
  6. Gel remover
  7. Nail file
  8. Cuticle pusher

The product removes easily after soaking them off with the provided remover. If I’m completely honest, I just peeled them off while watching The Handmaid’s Tale. It was strangely calming and helped with the suspense ๐Ÿ˜‚. I must add that there was little to no damage to my nails even after removing them in this (not advisable) manner.

I picked mine up off You will need to get the curing light too. I have the gelish 45 mini pro which true to its name, takes 45 seconds to cure. Time is money guys so don’t let the cost put you off. It’s half price on daily deals!

Then you also need to choose from the range of Mini Gelish Soak-Off Coloured Gels. Be careful of the color swatches online. They are quite different when you receive them.

The Make you blink pink was neon and so sheer that I had to put on FIVE layers. It was very pretty after that effort though.

The fingers on my right hand are always hurdee (turmeric) stained because of all the curry ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. So I do tend to stick to the darker shades.

My favorite is the Hot rod red though. It’s a little deeper than the colour swatch but I prefer it that way.

Unfortunately that isn’t a real doughnut. It wouldn’t have lasted long enough to take that picture anyway ๐Ÿ˜‚.

All you need is half and hour and of course, some basic fine motor skills. I’ve already mastered this by clipping tiny little nails and picking up myriads of ridiculous tiny toys from every crevice of my home.

The cost may seem off-putting at first, but mine has already paid for itself because of the number of manicures I’ve churned out from this amount of product. And I still have a ton left.

Let me know if you decide to try it. You will love the freedom it will give you.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Coco says:

    great post, I especially love the pictures

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kajal of all trades says:

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the pics โค๏ธ


  2. Simone says:

    Love the nails .. thinking of investing in this once the baby is born.. theres just something about a women who has gorgeously painted nails that makes her look all โ€œput togetherโ€ great post.. im completely in envy of your nails ..oh and the fact that youโ€™re holding a donut definitely has the babys attention ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚


    1. Kajal of all trades says:

      Thank you. It makes me feel like I have it all together although I usually don’t ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. No judgement here.. You need to feed that child ๐Ÿคญ

      Liked by 1 person

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