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Is Candy Coat gels 100% gel polish?

Yes Candy Coat is a 100% gel polish product. It's environmentally friendly and has not been tested on any animals. 

What are the benefits of using Candy Coat?

Candy Coat is not only a on-trend stylish fun brand, our products are of a high quality that have lasted 3 - 10 weeks with no chips or peels. Application is smooth and effortless with no nail damage and super easy removal. 

What's the size of each bottle?

We're just above the industry minimum per bottle at 8ml. 

How many applications do I get per bottle?

For base coat, you will get around 35 applications, for colour it's 20 and for top coat it's 20 also. Please take into account nail length but these are general estimates. 

How many colours do you have?

We have a colour library of over 5,000 gel colours and 720 nail polishes with 700+ gel shades online. 

What sort of colours do you have?

Candy Coat has a large range of textures including cremes, shimmers, glitters, metallics, pearls, holo, polka, fluff, confetti, glow in the dark, translucent, thermals, cat eye, unicorn, flakes to name but a few.

How many top coats do Candy Coat offer?

We currently offer a regular top coat, a strawberry top coat, a magic silver and gold cat eye top coat, a super shiny no wipe top coat, 6 glitter top coats and a matte top coat. 

Do I need to use Candy Coat's base and top coat?

Candy Coat has been formulated to be used exclusively as a complete system. It is an absolute must that you use our products together. Pairing our formula with other products may not give you the desired results you expect. Always lay the foundation with our base coat, apply thin coats and finish with either our regular or super shiny no wipe top coat. 

Do Candy Coat offer a primer?

Yes we do. Our Tight Bond is acid free which air drys and helps eliminate any oils from the nail plate and sets a foundation to create a stronger bond for application. 

What lamp is advised when using Candy Coat?

We do advise you to cure your Candy Coat with our 48W or 60W Candy Cure Studio Lamp however a high quality 48W LED lamp is also suitable for curing. Some 36W lamps perfectly fine too!

How long do I cure them for?

Curing times are as follows:

  • Candy Cure 60W UV/LED 30 secs

  • Candy Lamp 48W LED 60secs 

  • UV lamp 2mins 

What happens if I experience wrinkling during curing?

This simply means the application was too thick. Candy Coat must be applied super thin. 

I'm used to a thin consistency what do I do?

Candy Coat has a super creamy formula to sustain pigmentation. To make it thinner, simply warm up the bottles by either rubbing them between legs or sitting them in warm water.

Which top coat is suitable to apply glitter and crystals to Candy Coat?

Candy Coat's Super Sticky Glaze gives a very tacky inhibition layer for you to apply glitter, foils or nail art perfectly. 

What treatment product do you offer for clients with super thin nails?

Super Strength is our best selling treatment product used to not only strengthen weak nails but also to aid longer wear of gel polish whilst preventing chips and peels. 

Any tips or tricks I need to know about?

Thin coats always! Overworking the gel or applying thickly can cause peeling if it has not cured correctly. Always give the bottle a good shake and again thin coats!

How do I apply Hard Candy?

STEP 1:

Prep nails
Apply a thin layer of Tight Bond (non acid bonding agent)
Allow to air dry for 10seconds

STEP 2:

Apply a thin layer of Candy Coat Base Coat
Cure for 60secs with LED or 2mins UV

STEP 3:

Apply moderate amount of Hard Candy to the center of the nail (overlays/tips/sculpting) and extend the product, avoiding contact with the cuticle
Seal the tip of the nail
Cure for 60secs with LED or 2mins UV
Build the nail using a nail file to desired shape/length (up to 3cm)

STEP 4:

Finish with a generous amount of Candy Coat Super Shiny No Wipe Top Coat
Seal the tip of the nail
Cure for 60secs with LED or 2mins UV
Finish with Candy Coat Cuticle Glaze

How do I apply Super Grow?

The first thing to do is prep nails.  Apply Tight Bond (optional) and allow to air dry for 10seconds. Apply one thin coat of super grow
Cure for 60 seconds. Apply another thin coat of super grow and cure for 60 seconds. Apply a second thin coat of super grow
and cure for 60 seconds. Wipe with clean.prep.wipe when using regular top coat. Finish with cuticle glaze

How do I apply Rapid Repair?

Prep your nails and ensure they 100% dry. Apply Tight bond and air dry fro 10 seconds. Apply one thin coat of rapid repair and cure for 60 seconds. Apply a second coat thin coat of rapid repair and cure for 60 seconds. Then apply one thin coat of top coat and cure for 60 seconds. Wipe with clean.prep.wipe when using regular top coat and finish with cuticle glaze.

How often do I apply the treatment?

We recommend a fortnightly treatment. 

Can we use both treatment products together?

Both products have been developed to combat individual problems therefore we recommend you to use them individually to see results. 

Can I apply a colour on top of the treatment products?

You certainly can however we recommend you not to for badly damaged or bitten nails. 

What is the best way to remove Candy Coat?

It's super easy with Candy Coat! With a light buff to the top coat, a good soak of acetone in cotton wool wrapped in foil or clips for up to 10mins, Candy Coat just flakes off. 

How do I prevent peeling?

Gel Polish is no magical formula. It's certainly an upgrade from nail polish due to its durability and ability to remain super shiny and chip free for weeks. There are of course some products that are of a higher quality than others however every gel polish has the ability to peel and that comes down to one thing and that is APPLICATION.

To prevent peeling with Candy Coat we advise to use our base coat on all nail applications whether natural or acrylics. We have found a few tips which we hope helps to ensure your clients stay Candy Coated and flawless for weeks. This may not apply to all but if you are a salon or pro new to Candy Coat or gels in general it may help!

1. Improper Nail Prep

Improper prep can cause nail enhancements to lift and chip off the nail, and it’s one of the most common reasons behind service breakdown. Whether applying an acrylic, gel, gel-polish, or regular polish, it is very important that the nail bed be free of any dead skin or oils so the product can make a nice adhesion to the nail.

2. Forgetting to put primer on before acrylic

A problem for many techs when they first start — forgetting to put primer onto the nails before the acrylic application — will directly lead to nail enhancements lifting and popping off the nails. Primer is specifically designed for getting acrylic to adhere better to the nail. It acts similar to two-sided tape. Most acrylic does not stick well to the natural nail, so a primer is used with a chemical makeup of monomers that bond to the nail as well as to the acrylic so the bond is extra strong.

3. Applying gel-polish too thickly

With gel-polish it’s important to be able to get a good cure so the color will create a hard surface that will stay on without chipping for at least two weeks. When the gel-polish has been applied too thickly, the suggested manufacturer curing time might not be enough to create a full cure, which can lead to peeling. Most manufacturers will recommend two coats for solid color coverage, so use the three stroke method to help keep your applications thin.

4. Incorrect Acrylic Mix Ratio

Another very common problem with acrylics is not getting the proper mix ratio of liquid to powder. Each product line mixes a little differently, and it takes some time to master the proper mix ratio. An easy way to spot an improper mix ratio is to look at how the bead appears on the brush. 

Achieving a proper mix ratio takes practice and repetition, but it is an essential skill to master. Improper mix ratios can have serious effects on enhancements, leading to signs of service breakdown sometimes as soon as 24 hours after the application. An improper mix ratio often manifests as bubbles or a cloudy appearance in the enhancement, or potential lifting and nail weakness.

5. Lamps

As LED lights become more popular, changing bulbs becomes less of a concern because LED lights are made to last for the duration of the lamp, which is about 50,000 hours. But traditional compact fluorescent light (CFL) lamps have about 10,000 hours’ worth of bulb life, and it’s recommended that you replace the bulbs at regular time intervals depending on the amount of use.

6. Not capping the free edge with gel-polish

One of the most important steps to applying gel-polish is to cap the free edge. When gels are cured they shrink. So it is important that the product continues down over the free edge (but not underneath) so it does not recede back over the top of the nail.

7. Over Filing

Excessive filing of the nails leaves the natural nail bed thin and weak, and not a good platform for enhancements. If the nails have been filed down too thin, the enhancements will not bond well to the natural nail and lifting can occur.
When the nail is thin and weak, it is much more flexible and allows the enhancement product to bend more. When flexed excessively, enhancements can get small hairline fractures that lead to breakage and tiny cracks that can get bigger over time. Very thin nails can also allow enhancement products to possibly seep through the nail plate and onto the nail bed causing allergic reactions.

8. Product Storage

Make sure to keep all lids closed tightly and products stored away in a cool dry place when not in use. Gels should be stored away from sunlight if possible, because any light that seeps in will begin to harden the gel. 

Nail polish that has been sitting around a while will begin to thicken and clump, but a good shake is usually enough to remix the lacquer and give a good color application. But if the polish becomes stringy and unworkable, then it’s usually time to dispose of it.

References:

http://www.nailsmag.com/article/96845/10-common-causes-of-nail-service-breakdown