It's no secret that taking care of and attending to natural nails has reached epidemic proportions. Blame it on bad nail salons with shady practices and product, blame it on the economy. Those of us who wear, or are thinking of getting acrylic nails are in the minority these days.
It's sad that because of the attitudes and actions of some people (try asking a question about acrylics on the Makeupalley Nail Board and you will be met with total silence or bashed), that I feel the need to start a review of a great product this way- Defending the use of acrylics.
Last night, a woman with 3 young children and a baby came into the restaurant. When she came to the desk to pay for their dinner, she commented on my nail art, and asked if my nails were "real". When I said "no", she made a face and said, "ugh, fake nails". I don't begrudge anyone their opinion. I certainly had my own about her when she requested boiled water for
I am in total agreement with natural nails being best. But you know what? There are people who, due to genetics or lifestyle, cannot maintain natural nails. For me, genetics, lifestyle and a crush injury to my right hand are why I wear them. No one should be ostracized, made to feel uncomfortable or bashed for wearing acrylics- even if their mani looks like crap.
Although I am not a licensed nail technician, there are things I have learned in the 30 years I've been wearing acrylics- the bulk of it, most recently. I do my own acrylics now. I am going to work 2 tip pages for those looking for constructive information on what to look for in a nail salon and how to do your own.
*Anyway*- Right off the bat, I want to say that OPI Absolute Acrylic System is fabulous! I've been going to nail salons for 30 years, and never had an acrylic system as good as this one on my nails. The formula is smooth and dries very hard. OPI Absolute produces cured nails with little- if any- porosity. With every other system, I could not wear sheers, jellies or light polishes after wearing a dark one because of staining and dis-colorization. Now, every time I remove a color, notorious for staining blues and greens included, I am totally surprised at how clean my nails are. They look as good as the day I put them on!
OPI L2000 was used at the last salon I went to. It was brittle and stained something fierce...even the undersides of my nails. Because of that, I almost didn't get OPI Absolute. To tell you the truth, the deciding factor to purchase was the OPI crackdown. Trans Design wasn't going to be re-ordering OPI products, and because I don't have a license, it would be more difficult for me to purchase in the future.
I am so happy with OPI Absolute, and the results I am getting, I have no desire to try anything else. With this weeks paycheck, I'll be stocking up!
My Sweet Peas!