Sensationail review swatches gel uv nails

Hold the phone Australians, I’m pretty excited to be writing this post today!

Many have asked and the nail gods have listened: SensatioNail at-home gel nail products have landed in Aus, and we don’t have to envy our international sisters any longer. Perfectly manicured fist pump, everyone.

Sensationail review swatches uv gel nails

SensatioNail boasts up to two weeks of wear for every manicure, with the finish of salon quality nails. No typical dry time, no chips, no smudges. For those unfamiliar with the process, it’s a simple system of applying gel polishes which are cured at each step with a LED UV lamp. This is what gives the beautiful shine and strength.

For those who are die hard gel fans, you already know the awesomeness that is DIY UV nails. This was my first time trying it at home, and I’m completely converted. But more on that in a little bit…

sensationail review swatches nail gel uv kit

PROS

unbeatable shine and depth
longer lasting
no chips or smudges
no dry time
strong finish
cheaper than salon gels (in the long run)

CONS

removal can be time consuming (at least 15 mins soak time)
chips/peeling can occur with incorrect application
initial costs higher than stand-alone nail polishes

WHAT’S INSIDE THE KITS:

sensationail review swatch gel nail uv australia

(above) Starter Kit $89.99 AUD
Pro LED Lamp, Gel Cleanser, Gel Primer, Gel Base & Top Coat, lint free pads, nail buffer & stick

sensationail review swatches uv nail australia

(above, each sold separately) left – Gel Colour Scarlet Red $19.95 AUD, middle – Gel Colour Taupe Tulips $19.99 AUD, right – Gel Polish Removal Tool $9.99 AUD

sensationail review swatches removal kit australia

(above) Gel Polish Removal Kit $24.99 AUD
30 foil wraps, nail buffer & stick, gel polish remover

(below) SensatioNail Pro 3060 LED Lamp – sold with starter kit

sensationail australia uv lamp

THE ANSWER TO ALL MY PROBLEMS?

I love polished nails as much as the next person, but chipping and smudges drive me crazy to no end. I feel like I’ve been trapped in the cycle of nail woes for years. It goes something like this:

Nail polishes are awesome, but they never last very long…
So let’s try applying them meticulously – only to have the bed sheets imprinted on them overnight. Gah!…
Forget DIY then, salon must be the way to go… but acrylics are pretty damaging…
OK, so let’s try gel nails. Oh what was that? It’s going to cost me $80+ for a full set. Refills and removals extra? Shoot…
Don’t panic Kaye, I hear shellac is a good alternative… Excuse me? $40+ a visit? This is going to send me broke, even if it’s every two weeks…
I guess it’s not so bad to use regular polish, at least it’s cheaper… Oh figs is that a chip?

Lets take this moment to cyber hug if you feel my painΒ *hug*. This is where SensatioNail comes in.

sensationail review swatches australia uv nail gel

FINAL THOUGHTS:

If you’re serious about longer lasting, high-shine colour, I would recommend you try this. If you spend the dollars to buy polish, why not pay for one that lasts? The initial outlay is a little pricey, but the cost/use/quality ratio is in your favour. Plus, when someone asks you where you got your beautiful nails you can say “Girl! I did these babies all by myself!”. *snap*

IΒ trialedΒ the kit a few times, just to get a real feel for what works and what doesn’t. The process is very simple to follow. Once finished I was terrified the glossy colour was still wet, but it was completely hardened and smudge proof. Best of all, the just-applied shine is there to stay.

What I discovered was this: follow the instructions closely, especially “capping” the nail at each step. This will ensure you get the absolute most out of your application. I found the few nails I didn’t “cap”, chipped in the corners and lifted slightly after four days. I also recommend the use of the removal tool when the time comes. It will help speed the removal process.

The bottom line is, there is no real guarantee each manicure will last two full weeks and that no peeling, chips or will occur. Stuff happens. Everyone’s nails are different. BUT – what I think sells it for me is the fact I just cannot replicate this kind of depth and shine with regular polish. It is also far cheaper than going to the salon and paying for Shellac (in the long run). Once cured, the nails were tough and everyday activities didn’t put a dent in my mani.

Would I purchase this again? Absolutely! 10/10.

Disclosure: this post contains product sent for consideration. This in no way influences my opinion and all reviews are honest (you know how I am)

59 Comments on SensatioNail Australia Has Landed – Full Review

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 11, 2014 at 12:02 am (4 years ago)

      It’s definitely one of those products that is an instant winner in my book. You should absolutely try it!

      Reply
  1. Ari
    March 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Your nails look super lovely! To be honest as long as my nails have color to them, then I’m good to go. But this kit seems amazing!

    Reply
    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm (4 years ago)

      Amazing how a little colour on our nails makes us feel! πŸ™‚

      I struggle with keeping colour on, as my nails are so thin and brittle. This is my saviour!

      Reply
  2. yuhjiun
    March 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm (4 years ago)

    OMG the colour is so nice! Wanted to try this out πŸ˜€

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 12, 2014 at 10:37 am (4 years ago)

      You know the great thing? There are so many gel colours available!

      Reply
  3. Deann
    March 12, 2014 at 5:32 am (4 years ago)

    The color payoff is amazing! I really hope I can get one of them. πŸ™‚ I love the way how you take your photos!

    Reply
    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 12, 2014 at 9:48 am (4 years ago)

      I couldn’t agree more. The colour is opaque and full shine. The images were shot on day three! Can you believe how fresh it still looked?

      Reply
  4. rrayconnect
    March 12, 2014 at 8:06 am (4 years ago)

    this sounds so awesome πŸ™‚ I never tried gel nails!

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 12, 2014 at 9:50 am (4 years ago)

      I can’t speak for everyone but once you try, you may very well be converted for life lol! I caught myself staring at my nails today (while driving, umm ahh!) because they were still perfect and shiny. And this is almost two weeks later.

      Reply
  5. Lisha@HeartBowsMakeup
    March 12, 2014 at 2:11 pm (4 years ago)

    The kit sounds amazing! I couldnt help but admire your gorgeous pictures! U shud do a post on some photography tips πŸ™‚
    You have a gorgeous blog with great content. I shall definitely come around more often
    β™₯ Heart Bows & Makeup β™₯

    Reply
    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm (4 years ago)

      You just read my mind! I’ve been planning photography posts for months, so never fear, they are definitely coming.

      Anything you’d like to know? πŸ™‚

      Reply
  6. Lorna Mai (@TheColourQueen)
    March 13, 2014 at 12:03 am (4 years ago)

    Your nails look incredibly professional. I like the idea of having polish that lasts 2 weeks without forking out for a manicure at a salon. I may look into this myself!

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 13, 2014 at 12:54 am (4 years ago)

      It’s really fantastic. I’m all for saving money and doing it yourself is even better!

      Reply
  7. Aby
    March 13, 2014 at 7:26 am (4 years ago)

    red! my fave color to put on my nails.. hehehe thanks for review! i hope i can find a product like that here in our country.

    – from gig
    http://www.swirlsandscribbles.com

    Reply
  8. Aisha Kristine Chong
    March 13, 2014 at 3:21 pm (4 years ago)

    Now… THAT! looks sexy! giglove

    Reply
    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm (4 years ago)

      Fingers crossed it is soon! They’ve just launched here in Aus πŸ™‚

      I always recommend writing to companies to let them know if your like to see their product in your country/area, I think it’s a great way for them to get an idea of the market and a chance for you to *maybe* get something πŸ™‚

      Reply
  9. claudine
    March 14, 2014 at 4:22 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh my gosh! I love this. this is my all time fav color! * giglove*

    Reply
  10. Ileana Druetta
    March 15, 2014 at 9:03 am (4 years ago)

    Wow! This kit looks amazing! I still have to try gel nail polish… Im a little bit concerned with the removal…
    giglove!

    novelstyleblog.com

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 15, 2014 at 3:51 pm (4 years ago)

      I’ll admit the removal is a little slow, the only real down side I see. But I think the benefits far outweigh the cons πŸ™‚

      Reply
  11. Kumiko Mae - Beauty Blog Philippines
    March 16, 2014 at 8:36 am (4 years ago)

    My sister is a huge fan of gel nail polishes; while I on the other hand, have not tried any thing of that sort! I don’t think I can commit to gel polishes cause I really enjoy changing my polish as often as I can!

    Reply
    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 16, 2014 at 2:16 pm (4 years ago)

      Thats definitely a down side to gels. I actually renewed my nails tonight with a refresh of gel colour, it didn’t take too long but definitely not as quick as regular polish πŸ™‚

      Reply
  12. Candyz
    March 16, 2014 at 4:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Those red nails are head-turners! I like how shiny and clean they were. I will try to use gel polish soon.

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 17, 2014 at 10:50 am (4 years ago)

      Oh gosh yes, the SHINE! I just cant beat it! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  13. Donah @ SweetJellyBean
    March 17, 2014 at 2:52 am (4 years ago)

    Oh glossy! Love the shine to your red polish (this shade rocks on you by the way) – I’ve only tried gel polish once (can you believe that??) and vowed to never again LOL. but you might have convinced me to give it a go with this brand once again though πŸ˜‰

    xx Donah
    giglove

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 17, 2014 at 10:49 am (4 years ago)

      Don’t worry, I am a bit of a newcomer to gels myself πŸ™‚ Give it a go! You know you want to πŸ˜‰

      Reply
  14. Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie
    March 17, 2014 at 2:53 am (4 years ago)

    Beautiful color polish, sounds like a great find. And that brooch is beautiful – J’adore! <3 GIGLove

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 17, 2014 at 10:48 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you! The brooch is actually from my wedding, I wore it in my hair and it was really nice to get it out and see it again πŸ™‚

      Reply
  15. enchantressnica
    March 17, 2014 at 7:56 am (4 years ago)

    I guess since it is long lasting and doesn’t chip, it is understandable that it is a bit more difficult to remove. Love the colors though!

    Reply
    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 17, 2014 at 10:48 am (4 years ago)

      Yes, and definitely worth it! The colour range available is pretty impressive, it also has gold which I have my eye on πŸ™‚

      Reply
    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm (4 years ago)

      Hahaha, that is me usually. I took extra care with this application because it lasts so long πŸ™‚

      Reply
  16. marilovesgr33n
    March 17, 2014 at 2:12 pm (4 years ago)

    that red is so cute. I love the coral shades within it.
    xxx
    mari

    Reply
  17. Cindy Tong
    March 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm (4 years ago)

    wow the color look amazingly shiny!!! awesome!

    Reply
  18. Somdyuti D. Ray
    March 17, 2014 at 4:02 pm (4 years ago)

    I am huge fan of coral shades. This is soo cute and glossy! I’d love to have a kit like this. πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm (4 years ago)

      It’s a big outlay, but in the long run it saves you so much πŸ™‚

      Check out their other shades, the range is lovely!

      Reply
  19. Porshia Mitra
    March 17, 2014 at 4:33 pm (4 years ago)

    Love the glossy effect and texture .. this color is a must have!

    Reply
    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 18, 2014 at 7:59 am (4 years ago)

      Well then I insist you try it! It’s like a bold red lipstick, once you try it you will never go back…

      Reply
  20. agatapokutycka
    March 17, 2014 at 6:13 pm (4 years ago)

    Long lasting is a must!
    I like deep shine as well

    Reply
  21. Sana Sadiq
    March 17, 2014 at 7:45 pm (4 years ago)

    This is definitely my type of red color. Hot and bold for sexy sultry hands <3 I must have to look into it to get my hands on πŸ˜‰ x

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 18, 2014 at 7:58 am (4 years ago)

      I highly encourage it, red is a great staple shade πŸ™‚

      Reply
  22. Nicol Wong (@yuk_lui)
    March 17, 2014 at 9:35 pm (4 years ago)

    i still need to try these but cant justify the price at the moment πŸ™

    Reply
    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 18, 2014 at 1:57 am (4 years ago)

      I totally understand your position, it is a pricey outlay for the starter kit. The down side to at home beauty sometimes!

      Reply
  23. shashasekharan
    March 18, 2014 at 3:31 am (4 years ago)

    the colour is gorgeous, but I still haven’t managed to convince myself to try gel nails after hearing all sorts of horror stories about them..

    Reply
    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 18, 2014 at 7:58 am (4 years ago)

      Uh oh, that sounds scary. What have you heard??

      Reply
    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 18, 2014 at 9:17 am (4 years ago)

      Do! I know you love nails as much as I do, this is the answer to nails that don’t last more than a few days.

      Reply

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