Frugal Friday – Nutra Nail Gel Perfect Pedicure Kit

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In 2011, CCA Industries successfully launched Nutra Nail®Gel PerfectTM– a new and unique gel-color technology that sets rock solid in just 5 minutes to a brilliant shine with no UV/LED light needed. How cool is that?

I love gel mani/pedis for a few different reasons. One is the long lasting gel usually lasts 2-3 weeks for me and second is the chip free, high shine finish. What I don’t like is the amount of time it takes to take off the gel. I don’t own a UV/LED lamp at home so I need to go to the salon when I want a gel mani or pedi and pay $50–ouch!

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With Nutra Nail®Gel PerfectTM I can get a gel pedi at home for just $11.99. I get the same patent leather, chip free shine and Gel Perfect has over 40 colors available at all major retailers in the U. S. Being the impatient type, I was most excited about the claim that I would be ready to go after just 5 minutes with no sitting under UV lights.

There are 6 fantastic colors especially developed for toes.  Each kit contains toe separators and a mini foot-file in addition to the color to make a pedicure even easier.

  • Sling Back: fabulous fuchsia cream
  • Spectator: wonderful white pearl
  • Sandal:  marvelous maroon cream
  • Stiletto: racy red cream
  • Peep Toe: perfect pink shimmer
  • Slipper: terrific turquoise cream

The Gel Perfect kit comes with 3 bottles, an activator, the gel color and a brush cleaner. There are three steps. Step 1: Apply a thorough coat of activator over the entire nail, one foot at a time, painting all 5 nails with the activator. Step 2: apply a thin coat of the color but with slight pressure so that the gel color and activator can blend. This first coat of color kind of melted into the activator and didn’t quite cover. Step 3: after applying a coat of the gel color to 5 nails you wipe off the gel color brush and switch it with the brush in the brush cleaner. You do this after every 5 nails to prevent build up, then apply the second coat. There is not top coat needed because the finish is very shiny. It did NOT dry in 5 minutes, more like 15, but my toes did look pretty good even for an amateur like me.

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Easy on, Easy Offs 

Taking off a gel pedi takes a long time (I’m impatient remember). Sitting in a salon chair with tinfoil on my toes is not my idea of a good time. Nutra Nail® No-Mess Express® delivers remover directly to nails to work quickly in as little as 2 minutes. The unique patent-pending pouch delivery system is designed to concentrate remover on nails where it is most needed without the mess of cotton balls or tinfoil. No-Mess Express contains aloe and lanolin so it’s safe and gentle to nails. Easy and quick removal also means I change my color more often. No Mess Express is available at drug, food and supercenter stores nationwide with a suggested retail price of $5.99.

Nutra Nail® Gel Perfect™ Walk on the Wild Side Pedicure Kit Collection is available from May 2013 through August 2013 at Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, ULTA, Duane Reade, Meijer, and other fine retailers.

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Bottom Line: I do need to mention that the bottle of color is tiny–about the size of an OPI mini. That said I’m happy with the price and the high shine finish.

NOTE: On the second day, the patent leather shine was gone. The polish seems to look duller every day but it is staying on and not chipping. I kind of on the fence about recommending this product, I really didn’t get the results I was hoping for but it was awful either. For me getting a gel mani or pedi at the salon has the results I’m looking for. I do think this is worth a try if you are on a strict budget–I am pretty klutzy so maybe your pedi will turn out better than mine!

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  1. Hmmm. REgular pedicures last 3 weeks on me… I really like the idea of gel for my hands, but this sounds like there are still some things that need working out in the technology. I guess I’ll wait for newer versions.