Nails #68

Nails #68 | Rimmel 2-step Gel System Rimmel Red Ginger
Base Coat | Nail HQ Protect & Repair Base Coat
Colour | Rimmel Red Ginger
Top Coat | Rimmel Super Gel Nail Polish Top Coat

Last weekend I went browsing in Superdrug and I spotted Rimmel’s new Super Gel 2 step process. Step 1 is 2 coats of one of Rimmel’s Gel Nail Polishes followed by step 2 which is a coat of Rimmel’s Super Gel Top Coat. The 2 step process promises superior colour and shine that lasts for up to 14 days.

I tend to paint my nails every 5 days and my beloved Seche Vite Top Coat does a pretty good job at ensuring my nails last with minimal tip wear, but I’m always intrigued by new nail polish launches so I thought I’d put this 2 step process to the test.

I opted for Rimmel Red Ginger which I believe is a shade from their Salon Pro range that must have been repackaged and reformulated. Red Ginger is a redish pink shade that gives a really lovely pop of colour. The 2 coats applied beautifully and provided full opacity. Up until this point I thought Rimmel’s new 2 step process showed a lot of promise however it pretty much went downhill from here..

Although the Super Gel Nail Polish Top Coat applied evenly, it took a very long time to dry, to the point where 3 hours later I managed to smudge my thumb nail and had to reapply it. As for lasting up to 14 days? The next day almost a third of the polish on one nail had completely come off! There is a chance I caught it on something but my nail wasn’t damaged and I don’t recall getting it caught. By day 3 my nails had so much tip wear and nail polish missing that I just had to remove it!

I think that the issue is with the top coat – it just doesn’t do what it says on the tin which is really disappointing, especially considering it’s £5.99 wasted on a product that I won’t be using again. I feel like if I’d applied Red Ginger followed by my Seche Vite top coat my mani would still be going strong today.

Have you tried Rimmel’s new 2 step process? What did you think?
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  • Don’t get me wrong I think the gel nails look great and all but i don’t have the patience for them to dry! I use either my OPI quick drying top coat or my Sally Hansen diamond shine and even though they dry quick – I’m still dancing round blowing on them trying to speed up the process!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

    • I find that the Seche Vite top coat has a slight plumping effect and is the most fast drying top coat I’ve ever tried so that’s my usual go to so I’m not waiting around for ages for them to dry :) xx

  • Such a shame that this didn’t work cos I love the colour! I’ve tried quite a few ‘gel’ nail varnishes but to be honest nothing beats Barry M’s Gelly range for quality and colour range x

    Always, Alice

    • I’ve got on quite well with Barry M’s Gelly range too :) xx

  • That’s a shame it didn’t work, Rimmel polishes are great usually! Lovely colour though x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

    • I know, it’s a real shame as, as you say, they’re usually pretty reliable! xx

  • I am so glad I read your post. I bought a blue shade and the topcoat and I have a scathing review lined up – I can’t believe how bad they are, and basically wasted £12 on them! xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

    • I’m so pleased it’s not just me that has experienced this! Such a shame as Rimmel nail polishes are usually pretty reliable too xx

  • Love ‘Red Ginger’ – what a gorgeous colour! x

    • it’s a pretty colour, just a shame about the formula! xx