purchased by me
If high prices and special topcoats have kept you from trying other brands' no-lamp gels, you'll wanna check these out. 1 Step Wonder Gel doesn't need a special top coat, which sets it apart from most polishes of this type. It's in an opaque black bottle because it has a light-cured polymer in it, along with all of the usual conventional polish ingredients. This isn't just a "gel-like" formula, but it still dries like conventional polish. I'm waaaay late in posting these, considering that I first found the displays and bought my picks in January. 'Better late than never' has pretty much become my motto, so...here we are...
Condensed Milk is a pale beige cream.
|with Seche Vite|
With uniform rules at work the way they are, I'm always on the lookout for new SFW options. I was drawn right to Condensed Milk. I've worn it twice already. It takes three coats to hide slight streakiness, but the formula's decent as these kinds of shades go.
Lavender Out Loud is a slightly darkened lavender cream.
|with NYC Grand Central Station|
Is it just me or is the name...weird? I feel like they wanted to call it Lav Out Loud, but someone in the meeting thought that "lav" sounded too bathroomy, so they shrugged and used the whole word. The color is a tinge darker than what I think of lavender being, but I like it. It's borderline SFW too. The formula is good and on the thick side. This is two coats.
Power Outage is a black cream.
I topcoat everything, as a rule, but I had to put these to the test at least once. I left Power Outage as-is and I'm shocked by the shine! This is two coats, with an easy formula and no patching or streaking.
I haven't done any wear testing because I don't believe in it...and because I "cheat" a little by wearing a UV gel base, Gelish Foundation. My wear time wouldn't necessarily indicate what yours might be, so why bother? What I can tell you is that I've worn Condensed Milk twice and I don't have anything negative to say about the wear.
Bottom line: The formula seems to be generally good, though Condensed Milk did need a third coat. They dry very glossy too. So far, I'm impressed!
These do retail for much more than previous Wet n Wild polishes, at $4.99, but the wide availability means they're pretty much always on sale somewhere. This week (ending 6/25/16) they're 40% off at Rite Aid, 3/$10 at Walgreens, and there's a $5 ExtraBucks offer for a $10 purchase at CVS. Perfect time to try them out!
all products in this post were purchased by me