Good question! And it's a tricky one. The technical definition of a gel is a mixture of a polymer and liquid which holds its shape when applied to a surface. The layman’s perception of a nail gel is a solvent-free formulation that contains reactive ingredients to allow the product to set or cure after its application on the nail by exposing it to UV/LED light, heat, or by spraying on an activator. Therefore, Dazzle Dry is technically a gel but not in the layman's sense because it does not contain reactive ingredients.
Dazzle Dry is scientifically engineered for use on natural nails.
We do not recommend substituting other brands for any of the components of the Dazzle Dry system. The components of the Dazzle Dry system were optimized to work together to provide the solution to problems inherent in traditional nail polish.
CAN I USE ANOTHER NAIL PREP, BASE COAT OR TOP COAT WITH THE LINE?
No, all the components of Dazzle Dry System are designed to synergistically work together for optimal results.
WHAT MAKES THE NAIL PREP DIFFERENT?
The Dazzle Dry Nail Prep is the only nail prep that contains Calcium, proVitamin B5, and hydrolyzed protein dissolved in a mixture of alcohols and ethyl acetate.
WHAT MAKES THE BASE COAT DIFFERENT?
The Dazzle Dry Base Coat is the only water-based base coat using a proprietary rubbery polymer to impart the longest chip-free wear to a nail polish.
WHAT MAKES THE TOP COAT DIFFERENT?
The Dazzle Dry Top Coat is the fastest air-drying top coat on the market today.
DOES DAZZLE DRY REQUIRE A LIGHT FOR CURING?
Light, lamps, drying drops, and drying sprays are not needed or recommended.
WHY DID MY POLISH CHIP FASTER THAN USUAL?
When a Dazzle Dry polish chips faster than normal, the reason is almost always due to improper application. Please review our detailed instructions and tips for Dazzle Dry application.
WHY IS THE BASE COAT FOGGY?
When the Dazzle Dry Base Coat is exposed to a temperature below 70 degrees F, the polymer molecules aggregate or fold and become opaque. Heat will separate or unfold these molecules. Do not use the Base Coat when it is foggy. Warm up the tightly capped bottle of Base Coat in a dish of hot water to make it clear again.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I ONLY APPLY ONE COAT OF BASE COAT?
For some, one coat of Base Coat may be sufficient to get at least one week of wear. The second coat is an insurance.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T USE THE NAIL PREP?
You may experience polish lift or have residual Base Coat. The latter could prevent you from getting the full nail-strengthening benefits of Calcium, proVitamin B5, and hydrolyzed protein.
WHY IS THE LACQUER OR TOP COAT GETTING THICK?
Every time a bottle of Lacquer or Top Coat is open, solvents escape from the formulation by evaporation. The solvents are what keeps the solid components suspended and the product liquid. When there is less solvent, the product becomes thicker. If the bottles are left open for a long time, eventually all of the solvents will escape and the product will become solid.
CAN I USE OTHER THINNERS ON DAZZLE DRY LACQUERS AND TOP COAT?
No! The Dazzle Dry Revive was designed to replace the solvents that escaped while the bottle of Dazzle Dry Nail Lacquer or Top Coat is open. Other thinners may not have the same mixture of solvents and may have ingredients that are not compatible with the Dazzle Dry system. Dazzle Dry Revive is designed to reconstitute the viscosity without impacting the efficacy or diluting the pigment.
WHY IS THE POLISH STREAKING WHEN I APPLY IT?
Not enough or too much polish on the brush. If streaks do form especially with the first layer of color, do not over brush. Compensate for it with the second layer of color. Use less pressure on your brush to prevent streaking. With minor streaks, the Dazzle Dry Top Coat will smooth them out.
WHAT DO I DO FOR CLIENTS WHOSE NAILS HAVE RIDGES?
Apply 2 coats of Base Coat (allowing each layer of Base Coat to dry matte) and 1 or 2 generous layers of Dazzle Dry Top Coat (for very deep ridges, two ridge-filling layers of Dazzle Dry Top Coat may be necessary). This will act as your ridge filling canvas, let this dry for 5 minutes. Follow with 1 coat of Base Coat, 2 coats of Lacquer and finish with 1 final Top Coat.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY MANICURE IS DULLING BUT IS NOT CHIPPING?
Wash your hands to remove any oil, lotion or other contaminants. Apply a layer of Dazzle Dry Base Coat over the existing manicure, let it dry matte and then apply a layer of Dazzle Dry Top Coat. This will restore the high gloss shine without causing the polish to lift.
HOW CAN I TOUCH UP A DAZZLE DRY MANICURE?
To restore the look of a fresh manicure after the color has rubbed off at the tips, lightly wipe the surface with Nail Prep. Apply Base Coat. Let it dry matte. Apply Nail Lacquer. Apply Top Coat.