I had been very curious about Red Carpet Manicure for weeks. A nail polish system that claims to dry quickly via LED light and lasts for weeks after? Where do I sign up?
I didn’t doubt the that the polish could last for at least a week. But my main hesitation came from the one question that was plaguing me most:
What kind of damage is the Red Carpet Manicural removal process going to do to my nails?
Nothing ruins a great manicure faster than the polish itself causing nail breakage and flake-age. I’m pretty unforgiving when it comes to polish-induced nail damage–no matter how lustrous or pretty the polish may be–so this was a biggy for me.
But I had to see for myself! So I bought the Red Carpet Manicure Pro 45 Starter Kit, which is exactly as it sounds. It’s a kit that includes all the basics needed to get you started:
- LED Light (requires electric outlet)
- Prep - MAX ADHESION PREP
- Structure - BASE COAT GEL
- Brilliance - SEAL & SHINE TOP COAT GEL
- Revitalize - NOURISHING CUTICLE OIL
- Red Carpet Reddy — LED Gel Polish
- Purify - PRE & POST APPLICATION CLEANSER
- Erase - GEL NAIL POLISH REMOVER
- An instruction card with pictures
As far as the removal process, the starter kit only provides 2 items necessary for removal, the Erase polish remover and the Revitalize cuticle oil.
The starter kit is missing certain items that are required for the removal process described in the instruction card that comes with the kit:
- cuticle sticks
- cotton pads
- nail buffer
These items are included in the Red Carpet Manicure Removal Kit, along with another bottle of the Erase polish remover, but I opted not to buy the Removal Kit though since I’ll usually have most of these items at home.
After gathering my materials (not pictured: cuticle stick and nail buffer),
I took one last look at my manicure of 14 days. The staying power was pretty amazing. The only real reason I needed to remove my manicure was because I had started picking at my nails myself. I can be OCD like that…
After gently buffing the shine from the polish with a buffer pad (I accidentally skipped this step the first time I removed my Red Carpet Manicure, and the polish still came off ok. It just needed a little extra help with the cuticle stick), I placed a Erase-polish-remover-soaked cotton ball on top of each nail and wrapped foil around it.
10 minutes later…
I was astounded at how the polish simply disintegrated into little flakes. Most of my nails came out of their foil cocoons free of polish. A couple of them had a little polish leftover, but they came off easily with some help of a cuticle stick.
Not bad! Ok, I was a little shocked out how dry my nails looked right after I took the foil off. But to be fair, they had just been soaking in mostly acetone.
Side note: Ignore the swirly pattern on my pinky nail. This was from a previous manicure that I ripped off my nail prematurely. Ripping off the gel instead of properly moving it–THAT is damaging to nails for sure! But removing it the right way? Doesn’t seem any more damaging than regular polish.
After a quick shower and nail trim, there was no trace of the previous dryness or damage that there seemed to be right after the removal process.
So worth it! My main hesitation with the Red Carpet Manicure was the potential damage it could do to my nail. But I was pleasantly surprised. The damage to my nails was not any different from regular polish. And the manicure itself is so much shinier, substantial, and longer-lasting than just regular polish.
The only drawback is a slightly limited color palette. But I’ll use Nails, Inc. when I’m craving more unique colors.