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Review: These Gel Polishes Will Give You Your Quickest Manicure Yet

Review: These Gel Polishes Will Give You Your Quickest Manicure Yet
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Another hit from Happy Skin!

Gel mani fans, rejoice! Happy Skin just released its first line of gel nail polishes with a formulation that require no time under the UV lamp. Yup, believe it. Consider it your at-home pamper session's latest upgrade. Introducing, the Express Gel Polishes!

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Happy Skin Express Gel Polish 2-in-1 Base + Color, P249,

What the Express Gel Polish promises is what we're all probably looking for in a nail polish: long-wearing, chip-resistant, and a breeze to remove. Name your mood and you'll for sure find your match in one of the six shades.


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From left to right: Icon, Influencer, Achiever, Mirror-Shine Top Coat, Dreamer, Artist, and Superstar

Icon, for example, is the classic red that'll definitely make you look the part. Influencer is a dark taupe for fans of deeper hues. Meanwhile, Achiever (a soft pink) and Dreamer (light gray) are the lightest shades of the bunch, both perfect for a no-fuss mani. You'll also find a great nude in Artist, and a bold hue in the metallic gold that is Superstar.

Our editor-in-chief, Isha Valles, managed to give these polishes a test run before the launch, so keep scrolling for her full review!

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What: Happy Skin Express Gel Polish 2-in-1 Base + Color in Superstar and Mirror-Shine Top Coat

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I've always found doing my nails therapeutic. In fact, putting on a fresh coat of polish has become a habit before I sit down to write—it gets me in the zone. However, I also notice that certain lacquers leave my nails yellow, even after a short period of wearing them. Broken, yellowed nails are not pretty, so I've become diligent about picking my polish, taking breaks and applying hand cream.

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There are certain things I appreciate in a nail lacquer. Here is how Happy Skin's latest release fared with my criteria:

1. The width and shape of the brush: The applicator was wide and fanned out over my nails, so I could paint them evenly in 2-3 quick strokes.

2. The texture of the formula: I like how light and easy to spread the formula was. The shade I tried (Superstar) had a glittery sheen and I liked the sheer yet wearable finish it had after one application (great for layering over other shades, too!). After a second coat, the formula settled evenly on my nails with no visible streaks, but that also could be because of the metallic glitter finish. I already liked the finish on its own, but was pleasantly surprised by the top coat when I finished applying it. It does not come on thick, and leaves nails with a nice shine.


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3. Drying time: I have a bad habit of moving my hands right after applying polish, so I tend to ruin it right away. In this case, the paint stayed intact even as I switched hands while applying it. I timed it and after about 20 minutes, my nails were safe to touch. (Note: not completely dry but no longer sticky.)

4. Strength: Since I work a lot with my hands, I always manage to chip my polish at the tips of my nails by day two, if I haven't yet on the first day. In this case, it was still intact by day three, and only showed signs of true wear by day four. Quite a feat!

5. The variety of shades: The range is still small with six hues, but they are all useful shades. They're all the right shades of blush, nude, gray, and deep red, and all have a suitable occasion and outfit to match. The copper color with its subtle glitter effect is a nice wildcard to have, too.


Happy Skin's new nail polish meets my criteria for a value product. I especially like that it's vegan and free from 10 harmful toxins commonly found in nail lacquers. Plus, it doesn't require a base coat before application, which lessens the steps before getting nicely painted tips.

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The Express Gel Polishes will be available on the Happy Skin website starting today, July 12. At P249 each, it's a steal! Grab yours early to score cool discounts, like getting three shades plus the top coat for only P899!

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