Friday, May 15, 2009

Axxium Gel Lacquer...I still love it.








Why isn’t everyone wearing the new OPI Axxium Gel Lacquer? I am well known around the spa for my enthusiasm for new services and beauty products and I sometimes have to eat a little crow when my zeal for something exceeds it’s ability to deliver in reality… will I ever live down the Epilady episode (what sadist came up with that useless piece of torture)?



Initially, I was crazy for the idea of Axxium Gel Lacquer. It purports to stay shiny and chip free for up to two weeks. I have never been able to wear polish on my fingernails for more than a day before it looked more ragged than a sorority girl after rush week so Axxium was promising a whole new world to me. A small part of me wondered how the dream was going to end. I was a little nervous that I would have to mea culpa once again if the product failed to live up to the hype.



Let me just say, Axxium delivers…period…end of story. I have worn it while performing countless pedicures, up to my knuckles in acetone and the lacquer stayed shiny and perfect. I’ve typed, done laundry, performed spa services and washed my hands for 10+ hours a day and still the Axxium looked fabulous. I made it to eleven days before the Axxium chipped…a personal world record.



So what is Axxium gel lacquer and how does the service differ from a traditional manicure? The nails are shaped and the cuticles are pushed back using a nail file. The surface of the nail is prepped and then the first base coat of gel is applied. You slip your hands under a special UV light that cures the gel for a minute and then the colored gel lacquer is applied and cured. The final step is the UV cured topcoat. The entire service takes about an hour. You don’t apply lotion or any other oily products during the service because it’s important for your nail to stay dry and be slightly dehydrated. Once the top coat has been cured, you can use any lotion or oil you like.


The last bit of awesomeness that is Axxium? Your gel nail lacquer is completely dry at the end of the service, no more ruined nails when you grab your car keys and jet.

13 comments:

Jennifer Worick said...

As someone who has had the gel lacquer several times, I am a serious convert. It lasted 11 days without a chip. And it stays so shiny and scuff-free as well. It's worth every penny and I'd recommend it for gals who travel or if you're going on a vakay or if you want to look super polished for more than just a day.

Jennifer Worick said...

I just had this done and it lasted through a trade show. I mean, setting up, ripping open boxes, demonstrating machines, travel, it did not phase my fingernails!

Gel Nails said...

Interesting!

Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This product is fabulous!!!
I can go for 3 weeks before I need a fill in. I put them on in September. I've had 1 fill in & they still look great. I can polish over and get a full 3 weeks in between services. I Love axxium!!!!

Anonymous said...

Justt wondering does it ruin your nails like when you take off other gel systems or acrylic because I am relly intrested? I'm also really busy and I don't want to commit an hour every two weeks but if its worht it ill give it a shot

Anonymous said...

This product is the best thing that has ever happened in the Nail industry. I've been working with it for a couple of months and I love it !! The clients are happy and so am I.

You-aww's Blog said...

it doesn't ruin your nails if you take it off properly (soaking them) instead of ripping them off. They honestly are fabulous!

Anonymous said...

I just had my first Axxium Gel application. After 2 weeks my nails still look beautiful. I had a soft pink applied, so it's hard to see the grow-out at the base of the nail. I garden, clean, paint, and keep very busy always forget to put on the rubber gloves. I love this gel lacquer. Gave up on gel nails as they ruined my nails.
Now my nails are growing back healthy.

Anonymous said...

Just got this done a week ago. I had the french manicure done and it looks okay. I'm going to do a color next time. I'm too much of a perfecitonist to stare at the not so straight white line. I love this because it doesn't chip. I haven't painted my nails in over 13 years because I can't stand a chipped nail!!!

Katy in MI

Stephanie said...

Does this product contain DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde?

Spa Scotta said...

Stephanie, Shellac by CND is 3 free and hypoallergenic. I have an email in with Gelish and OPI Axxium and I will let you know when they respond.

Spa Scotta said...

Gelish is also 3 free.

Anonymous said...

Yes!!!! I am with Jennifer!

Axxium is more than awesome!! Everyone needs to try it!!

Mine has survived about three weeks so far!! None of them has chipped though my nails are growing out.

I am getting a new set today!