Manis and lacquers

Fresh from the Madam Glam Smoothie Gel Collection…and a nude!

Today I will be sharing 2 of the 36 Madam Glam Smoothie Gel Collection polish, plus a blushing nude gel polish! I want to mention right away, that my first encounter applying the thicker gel polishes (with glitters) was a bit of a learning experience. For years I’ve developed a method of applying non-gel glitter toppers and polishes in a certain way, thin first then thick and dobbed on. It is not recommended to do it this way with gel because of the way you cure them, you cannot apply thick layers, ever! Although not especially damaging, your curing light will create a chemical heat reaction that is somewhat uncomfortable. Now I know this doesn’t have to happen at all and that applying 2-3 THIN coats cured after each coat does the trick nicely without any discomfort. This even applies to regular gel polishes that lean to the thicker side. Apply thin even coats curing after each. You end up with a smooth, saturated finish. The Smoothies look amazing! Also, I’ll be sharing with you a delicate nude with a hint of peachy pink. Lovely!

Here are two of the Madam Glam Smoothie Gel Collection. Fizzy Laguna and Girly & Creamy, are delicate and creamy. All of the Smoothies come in full size 15 ml bottles with adorable and individually themed labels for extra fun. Note: Madam Glam recommends, "Consistency is thick, thus Smoothie Gels cure much faster! To avoid gel overheating: 1) Apply VERY THIN LAYERS 2) Reduce your regular curing time (3sec/coat for powerful lamp, 15sec/coat for others) Consistency can be sticky - to shake before applying!"
Here are two of the Madam Glam Smoothie Gel Collection. Fizzy Laguna and Girly & Creamy, are delicate and creamy. All of the Smoothies come in full size 15 ml bottles with adorable and individually themed labels for extra fun. Note: Madam Glam recommends, “Consistency is thick, thus Smoothie Gels cure much faster! To avoid gel overheating:
1) Apply VERY THIN LAYERS
2) Reduce your regular curing time (3sec/coat for powerful lamp, 15sec/coat for others) Consistency can be sticky – to shake before applying!”
Fizzy Laguna from Madam Glam Smoothie Gel Collection in 3 thins coats. It is described as: "Sheer Light Greenish Jelly Base with  Green Glitters. For every effervescent girl out there, this combo will match your style for sure. Wear it for at lest 2 weeks, because it will not move!"
Fizzy Laguna from Madam Glam Smoothie Gel Collection in 3 thins coats. It is described as: “Sheer Light Greenish Jelly Base with Green Glitters. For every effervescent girl out there, this combo will match your style for sure. Wear it for at lest 2 weeks, because it will not move!”
Girly & Creamy from the Madam Glam Smoothie Gel Collection in 3 thin coats. It is described as: "Sheer White Jelly Base with Red and Blue small Glitters. The girly purple combination is the new recipe for success! Bold and sweet!"
Girly & Creamy from the Madam Glam Smoothie Gel Collection in 3 thin coats. It is described as: “Sheer White Jelly Base with Red and Blue small Glitters. The girly purple combination is the new recipe for success! Bold and sweet!”

CONCLUSION on the Smoothies: I love the creamy look the Smoothie Gel Collection polishes. The bottles are adorable and the wear is average 2 weeks!

Madam Glam Soak-Off Gel Polishes are high quality professional grade and the formulas are consistently dependable. Over and Over is a nude creme with a hint of blush.
Madam Glam Soak-Off Gel Polishes are high quality professional grade and the formulas are consistently dependable. Over and Over is a nude creme with a hint of blush.
Madam Glam Gel Polish, Over and Over, is a 2-coat blushing nude. It's described as, "Latte...A nude shade that you will feel like wearing over and over again!"
Madam Glam Gel Polish, Over and Over, is a 2-coat blushing nude. It’s described as, “Latte…A nude shade that you will feel like wearing over and over again!”

CONCLUSION on Over and Over: I have a ton of nudes and neutral regular polishes, but this is one of my first nude gels. I love how smooth this applies. It’s quite effortless to achieve a perfect finish.

Gels run $19.95 ea and currently, if you buy 4 polishes get 40% off at checkout with CODE ( 40OFF ), and Madam Glam runs specials so DO get on their mailing list! New collections and colors are being added all of the time.

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*These products were sent to me at no cost and I am not being paid for my review. All opinions are my own.

Manis and lacquers

Madam Glam gel polishes are a hit!

Okay, confession time. I am new to gel polish. GASP! I know, I know. I’ve drug my feet in what seems like forever looking the other way. As if to say, “no, no gels for me. I don’t have time, I change my polish too often. What if they damage my nails. I swatch all of the time. Not gonna work, no way, no how.” Well, I’ve been schooled and I have Madam Glam and a few others to thank for that! I received a sampling of what Madam Glam has to offer. And in the next month or so I’ll be treating you to just a fraction of all the wonderful gels offered by this New York based company. Today, I’ll share with you a couple of colors from two different collections, along with their basic gel base coat and top coat. Also, this week I’ll be sharing one of their amazing LED lights for Pros and home gellers alike! 😉 Let’s start off with the basics.

Here is Madam Glam Soak-Off Base and Soak-Off Top gels. Both go on smooth and this top coat is to be wiped off after curing with a lint free material. I will say that for being a "sticky" top coat, it's not super sticky. I like that!
Here is Madam Glam Soak-Off Base and Soak-Off Top gels. Both go on smooth and this top coat is to be wiped off after curing with a lint free material. I will say that for being a “sticky” top coat, it’s not super sticky. I like that!

Soak-Off Base Gel Excellent base for your gel manicure.
Formula & Curing time: Clear, 1 coat for a Flawless Finish, 2 minutes by UV Lamp, 30 sec by LED

Soak-Off Top Gel Get professional salon results at home by adding this polish on top of your gel color. Your color is highly protected and stays radiant and shiny for days. 
Formula & Curing time: Top coat, 1 coat for a Flawless Finish, 2 minutes by UV Lamp, 30 sec by LED (a light swipe with an alcohol pad is recommended for this top gel)

Onto the colors for today! First the Soak-Off Gel Color, Girl Power
Formula & Curing time: Creme, 1-2 coats for a Flawless Finish, 2 minutes by UV Lamp, 30 sec by LED. I applied two super easy coats after a cured base coat, then one coat of top and cured. I love this cool orchid creme, it really pops and great for any skin tone.

Girl Power from the regular gel lineup on left, and Tutti Frutti from the Smoothie Gel Collection on the right. There are 36 shades available Smoothies to choose from and a ton of other gel colors and finishes in the rest of Madam Glam's offerings.
Girl Power from the regular gel lineup on left, and Tutti Frutti from the Smoothie Gel Collection on the right. There are 36 shades available Smoothies to choose from and a ton of other gel colors and finishes in the rest of Madam Glam’s offerings.
I love how Madam Glam includes a swatch window on top of her bottles. You see what your color is. This is Girl Power. Girl Power is described as Byzantium, (yes, that is an ancient Greek colony ;-)  What a better color to symbolize girls than this perfect shade of mauve? This rich creme gel will make you feel powerful whenever you wear it. I got full coverage in 2 coats.
I love how Madam Glam includes a swatch window on top of her bottles. You see what your color is. This is Girl Power. Girl Power is described as Byzantium, (yes, that is an ancient Greek colony 😉
 What a better color to symbolize girls than this perfect shade of mauve? This rich creme gel will make you feel powerful whenever you wear it. I got full coverage in 2 coats.

The Smoothie Gel Collection color I’m featuring today is Tutti Frutti. The formula can be sticky, so do be sure to roll or shake the bottle. But since this is a gel and won’t dry until it’s cured, you have plenty of time to apply, making sure you get every glitter situated before placing in the light to cure!

Formula & Curing time: Crelly: Bright Baby Blue Jelly Base with colored Glitters, 3 coats for a Flawless Finish I managed it in 2 so it depends on your application method. Apply base coat, cure, color and cure, then top coat and cure! Super glossy smooth, no bumps! 2 minutes by UV Lamp, 30 sec by LED.

Important Instructions for application and curing of the Smoothies, or when applying and curing thicker or glitter dominated gel polishes:

• To avoid an exothermic reaction. (Exothermic– the word describes a process that releases energy in the form of heat.Forming a chemical bond releases energy and therefore is an exothermic process. Exothermic reactions usually feel hot because it is giving heat to you.) It’s kind of a scientific molecule dance thing. But no worries, there are ways around that!

When gel polish cures, it creates an exothermic reaction. With a UV lamp, which cures slowly, that reaction happens slowly and is rarely noticed. With a powerful lamp the reaction happens quickly as a heat spike.

• Some people are more sensitive than others to this but the pain usually comes either from two things: either your nails are thin/damaged either the polish is too thick. In this case, the Smoothies are thick. Because of their nature, the Smoothies need to have a “thicker” consistency than regular gels, to hold the glitters all together so that when you apply them on your nails you actually do get glitters (whereas if the consistency was too liquid all the glitters would stay at the bottom of the bottle and not on the brush). Kind of like a suspension material.
Being thick though, they do cure MUCH faster than the regular gels.

Because they are already thick, to avoid any heat spike with the smoothies you need to:
1) Apply VERY thin coats ( I mean it, super thin)
2) If you are using our PRO led lamp or hi power/watt lamp, cure each layer for no more than 5 sec. You will indeed need to do more coats to achieve opacity. However as the curing time is so short it shouldn’t take you longer than with the regular gels.

** Another way to go is too use a less powerful lamp 🙂

Aren't these Smoothie Gel Collection bottles the cutest?! Here is Tutti Frutti, as seen on my accent nail. Tutti Frutti is described as a Bright Baby Blue Jelly Base with colored Glitters. There are medium gold hex, small fuschia pink hex, tiny gold and silver glitters.
Aren’t these Smoothie Gel Collection bottles the cutest?! Here is Tutti Frutti, as seen on my accent nail. Tutti Frutti is described as a Bright Baby Blue Jelly Base with colored Glitters. There are medium gold hex, small fuschia pink hex, tiny gold and silver glitters.

CONCLUSION: I have been swatching and reviewing Madam Glam polishes for a long time and have always been extremely pleased with the high quality polishes and variety of colors and finishes. The formulas are fabulous. And NOW I get to brag on their amazing gels. So yeah, I’m a fan! Not gonna lie.

Gels run $19.95 ea and Madam Glam runs specials so DO get on their mailing list! New collections and colors are being added all of the time.

•• Plus take advantage of the Special (buy 12 and get 50% off at checkout!) Free worldwide shipping over $80 and Free US Exchange & returns

Madam Glam is located here: http://madamglam.com
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madamglam
On Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/Madam_Glam
On Instagram: @madam_glam or http://instagram.com/madam_glam

*These products were sent to me at no cost and I am not being paid for my review. All opinions are my own.