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Friday, June 29, 2012

Acrylic Nails - NSI Spa System Review

I used to do my acrylics all the time and recently decided to get back into it. I purchased a bunch of things from ebay and a NSI Spa sample kit from a professional nail tech supply site.

The NSI Spa system uses an Odorless liquid. I have quickly learned that odorless systems are very different than traditional L&P acrylic, and to be honest I am very unhappy with this particular product.

My Initial Thoughts:

  • Not completely odorless and actually has a bit of a sweet smell to it. It is much better than a traditional system as far as the smells go.
  • Took a bit to get the right ratio.
  • Was very difficult for me to work with.
  • The finished product do look and feel good, but I have to say I prefer the traditional L&P.

I have been doing acrylic nails off and on for the past 10 years. Yes, like with everything else, I started very young and am self taught. I have never had such a hard time working with a product as I had with this one.

I realized quickly that this system needs to be worked very dry however I dont think that I ever got it truly dry enough. I could not seem to get this to act right at all! No matter what I did it was just way too sticky. I would wipe the brush almost completely dry and pick up the bead, but IDK. It just wasn't good.

I had to switch out brushes several times just to keep a clean brush. It clung to the brush and refused to let go.

Another thing that really bothered me was the bubbles. I have never had this problem before either, but I couldnt seem to avoid them with this. The top layer never cures so you have to wipe it off before you start to file. Thats no big deal but it can be a little annoying as it is very sticky.

Here are a few pictures of the pink & white sculpts that I did. I am so completely unhappy with them right now. I need to file them down a bit more as well since they are not completely finished.

The smile lines are not good and the whites are more dull but thats ok.

They actually feel really good as opposed to some acrylics that hurt the first few days. These were comfortable after only a few hours, so thats a plus.

My only complaint is the stickiness and the bubbles. If it did not have these qualities it would be perfect!

Would I buy again?
No, I probably wont. But my next purchase will be the NSI Attraction line.

As with anything, practice makes perfect. Getting the ratios right has been the most difficult thing for me, being that I am used to regular acrylics. But, luckily I am getting used to it and I think the trade off is worth the reduced smell. :)

I'm still going to pick up the attraction line though...

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