I just removed my first manicure that I’d done with Jamberry’s soon-to-be-released TruShine gel polish. For the most part, I was really happy with the results. It definitely required some patience, which I seriously lack. But the result of waiting patiently for the removal packets to do their magic is worth it. You end up with clean, DAMAGE-FREE nails with no scraping involved.
Everything You Need Comes in the Kit
The TruShine Gel Enamel Kit actually comes with 50 remover packets, orange sticks, and alcohol wipes. All you need on top of that is patience!
First, check out the detailed instructions on the back of the packaging:
You’ll need one packet for each finger. I didn’t remove the wrap/gel combo on my thumbs, so you’ll see in the pics my pretty Mother’s Day Rose wraps!
The next step – don’t get in a hurry! You’ll need to open these by tearing across the dotted line. But DON’T remove the acetone-soaked pad inside. The magic of these is that the packet is a self-contained removal kit. Stay with me.
I went ahead and opened all of the packets at once. If you try to do them one-at-a-time, you’ll end up like this:
Not cool. Impossible to do the rest of your nails if you start shoving your digits in as you go.
Here’s the genius of the removal packets. On the back side, there’s a strip of plastic that you’ll peel off, exposing a strip of sticky tape. Peel off the plastic strip. (You have to pull from the top-down. I’m the idiot that spent 10 minutes trying before I figured it out. All in the name of science, folks.)
After you expose the tape, you’re ready to start the actual removal magic. Place your finger inside the packet, with the acetone-soaked pad on TOP of the gel. Make sure that it has good contact with your nail and the gel! Now – fold the excess on the sides around and secure it by pressing against the tape. Like you’re making a snuggly little acetone-soaked sleeping bag for that nail. Cozy, eh?
Repeat for each finger. But you knew that, right?
Then WAIT. For 10 minutes. Don’t get in a rush. You really do need that full 10 minutes of soaking to make the removal process easy and gentle. I had two nails that I DIDN’T wait the full amount (like I said, patience is not my strong suit) and I ended up going back through the process AGAIN with those so I wasn’t forcing/peeling/chipping anything. SO WAIT.
Oh – did I mention that the whole thing smells like Banana Boat suncreen?
Now comes the amazing part. I’ve had gel nails done at the salon before and my nails end up looking like they got caught in the garbage disposal afterwards. So I REALLY did want this to work. I was thinking that I’d still have to do a bit of scraping and peeling to get my nails totally clean. Nope.
Lastly, take off the remover packet. The gel should like kind of gummy, shriveled, or like it’s dissolving. Take your orange stick (included in the kit) and LIGHTLY flake off the residue:
See those chunks of enamel on my table? Those just popped right off. Holla!
But – remember I said that there were a couple of nails that I didn’t wait the whole time I needed to wait? Those two nails were a little tougher, and I could tell that if I forced it that I’d end up with some damage or peeling. So – I went back through and repeated the process for those two nails. After a second soaking, all was well in the world. The gel flaked off easily and without hurting my nails.
- Open the packets all at once. Otherwise, you’ll never get those things on your fingers without swearing at least 40 times.
- Make sure that the alcohol pad is FIRMLY and SECURELY placed against your nail. It has to have contact with the gel enamel to work!
- Wait the entire time – don’t rush it!
- Once you start removing the residue with your orange stick, don’t force it. Take your time and resoak if necessary. A little extra time spent removing is better than the months it can take to grow out damaged nails!
Better than having my nails drilled away at to get any residue off of them. Faster than I expected. And a lot less smelly. (It really does smell like sunscreen!)