frequently asked questions

QUESTION: Is it used with a Base Coat?
ANSWER: YES, Mini Gelish® Foundation Gel is new technology for gel adhesion. It is designed to create the bond between the Gelish® Colors to the natural nail plate. There is no primer necessary in this system.

QUESTION: Do you use a Top Coat?
ANSWER: YES, Mini Gelish® Top It Off, is a soak off gel top coat that seals the Gelish® Gel Polish but does remove. Top It Off cures under UV or LED Lights and has a long lasting high shine.

QUESTION: Do we need to cleanse the Top It Off?
ANSWER: YES, this product does require cleansing after curing. It will be sticky and appear not to be dry if this step is skipped.

QUESTION: How long does it last?
ANSWER: Gelish® will last until you soak it off. Gelish® does not peel, chip or fade, it performs like a GEL. Will provide up to 21 days of lasting color.

QUESTION: How do you remove it?
ANSWER: This product will soak off in 10 - 12 minutes. Lightly file over the top of the surface with a 180 grit file, apply Mini Gelish® Artificial Nail Remover to a cotton ball and place on the nail. Wrap the nail with foil and allow to the nail to soak for 10 - 12 minutes. Then rub off the nail.

QUESTION: Does Gelish® cause any chemical damage to the natural nail?
ANSWER: This system uses only a pH balancing agent to stabilize the moisture level of the nail. Then the Mini Gelish® Foundation Gel has adhesive properties that attract to the keratin in the natural nail, not causing any depletion, only acting as a 2 sided tape to adhere the Mini Gelish® Gel Polish to the nail itself.

QUESTION: Can Mini Gelish® Soak Off Gel Polish be used over traditional gel or acrylic?
ANSWER: Yes, it can be put over traditional gel or acrylic as long as it is being applied to a rough surface filed with a 100 grit Harmony buffer or a 180 grit file. REMEMBER, you cannot soak this off acrylic without removing the nail itself. REMEMBER, you cannot soak this off acrylic without removing the acrylic as well.

QUESTION: How many applications per bottle?
ANSWER: Most Gel Polish applications include a 2 coat application. The 9ml bottles will do approximately 15 - 20 full sets.

QUESTION: Do we need to use additional Mini Gelish® Top It Off to make it shinier?
ANSWER: NO, you do not.

QUESTION: How do you prep?
ANSWER: Lightly remove the shine using a 180 grit buffer, dehydrate the nail with Mini Gelish® pH Bond.

QUESTION: Is the Mini Gelish® Soak Off Gel Remover drying to the skin?
ANSWER: The Mini Gelish® Soak Off Gel Remover is in the acetone family, but also has conditioners in it to eliminate drying of the skin or cuticles.