New! Layla Cosmetics Gel Effect Nail Polish

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Since Sunday, I’ve done something foreign to me – I conducted a wear test on a nail polish!

If you follow the blog, you know that I change my polish frequently, and I usually never comment on the wear of a polish past one day of wear unless I wore it longer!  But when I received one of the new Layla Cosmetics Gel Effect Nail Polishes to review, I decided that I should really give it a whirl, see how it holds up!

Gel Effect is a new line for Layla, consisting of 12 polishes that are supposed to mimic the performance of a semi-permanent gel polish. It’s supposed to be scratch-less, brilliant, dry in three minutes, and also act as a ridge filler.

Basically, a gel mani, at home, without the need for a UV lamp.

The instructions for using the polish are basically:

  • Add two coats of the polish to your nail (Layla says its polishes don’t need a base coat; I did add one to my mani)
  • Let it dry for three minutes and enjoy
  • OR, add your favorite top coat (they recommend Layla Eco Base and Fix)
  • Remove it easily with regular nail polish remover when you’re done with the mani.

Let’s see how it held up!

Day 1

I applied Gel Effect polish in the color Extravagant on Sunday, around 6 p.m. I did a base coat, followed by two coats of the polish as directed. I waited and the polish was relatively dry by the time I added Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat. Don’t poke your other nails on the surface of your newly polished nail though – after four minutes, you will still dent it. So three minutes dry, but not totally ready for major activity yet if you are just doing the polish without top coat. It is glossy, though!

I should have taken a photo right after, but I didn’t. Instead, I took the photo Monday afternoon. In the sun then shade:

You can see that it’s pretty glossy, and there’s no tip wear.

Day 2

Monday night, I cracked open 1 and 1/4 lbs of crab legs with these nails, and here’s the result in my Tuesday afternoon photos (flash then shade):

Amazingly, post-crab crackin’, I only had some miniscule scratches/marks on my nails and some tip wear.

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Day 3

Day three was pretty uneventful! No crabs, no real tests. Wednesday morning, I received a compliment on my mani, how pretty the color and shiny the mani!

I took the photos in the late afternoon with flash and then the shade:

By day three, I have more tip wear, and I’m starting to get chips like the one you see on my ring finger there. Wear was similar on both hands.

By the time I sat down to write this post, I had a chip out of my index finger on my right hand as well as small chips on my index, thumb and pinky.

Some observations:

  • Not sure that it filled my ridges totally. I found that my ridges, from peeling nails, didn’t look bad though. They weren’t even with the rest of the nail, but they looked good regardless.
  • I’d add a new layer of top coat after day one, maybe after day three, as well, if I was trying to make this mani last me a week or longer. Maybe even add another layer of polish before top coat, as well.
  • These are Big 3 Free
  • The formula, brush and application were all quality.

It was time for me to take the polish off last night. I could have touched it up, or let it go and get a couple more days of wear out of it. But three or four days is about my limit for wear testing! My polish addiction withdrawal starts kicking in, LOL

I thought that it wore really well on me for three days I had it on!

Gel Effect is available at and and retails for $10.50.

I would buy another of these polishes. Tropical Island looks like a color I would love! These are good polishes for me if I go on a work trip or brief vacation, and changing my polish isn’t an option.

What do you think of Gel Effect? Does the effect appeal to you at all? Do you like the idea of an at-home, lamp-free gel mani? I’d love to hear what you think!

Disclaimer: The Layla Gel Effect polish was provided to me for review by the PR Firm/Manufacturer. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how keeps it real!