A while back when I was getting my nails done at Gloss, I overheard two women discussing OPI’s new Axxium Soak-Off Gel Lacquers. It piqued my interest and I went home and immediate did some research. Here is the deal, according to Allure, “OPI’s new salon-only treatment deposits a thin coat of color that is as close to the strength of acrylics as a lacquer can get and still be removable with soaking. The process of applying the polish is the same as a regular manicure–a basecoat, two coats of color, and a clear topcoat. Then each coat is dried under UV light for two minutes, which activates this resilient formula. The treatment is about twice as much as a traditional manicure, and comes off with a special acetone-based remover. It can stay chip-free for two weeks, the company says.”
According to Allure‘s tester, the manicure took about 45 minutes and did not chip after three weeks. Since I spend about $12-$15 on my manicure every week, it seems like a great deal to pay $30-$35 to get them done every three weeks! Plus, you can get OPI Axxium in over 25 top OPI shades, like You Don’t Know Jacques, Lincoln Park After Dark and Big Apple Red. If the polish loses its shine, regular polish can be applied on top of the soft gel. You can also get “fills,” or color touch-ups to shade in the area of new growth to extend the life of the Axxium manicure.
However, I have still not tried OPI’s new Axxium Soak-Off Gel Lacquers because my nail salon doesn’t offer them, and I have heard very mixed reviews. Some people swear it is totally safe for your nails. Other people say it is way too harsh on nails, since you have to soak them in a strong acetone-based solvent for 15 to 20 minutes since to dissolve the gel formula. Also, my to-be sister-in-law had it on her nails while she was visiting LA, and it chipped just like regular polish. Hmm…
Have you guys tried OPI’s Axxium Soak-Off Gel Lacquers? What has your experience been?