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product & application

Is Candy Coat 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's the size of each bottle?

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

How many colours do you have?

We have a colour library of over 2000 colours. Our gel polish bottles have been manufactured to match the gel polish colours. 10 colours will feature in the colour box every month and go onto the pick 'n' mix the following month. 

What sort of colours do you have?

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

What lamp is advised when using Candy Coat?

We strongly advise a high quality 48W LED lamp for curing. 

How long do I cure them for?

Curing times are 60secs on each step with LED and 2mins on each step with UV. 

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.

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?


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


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


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)


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 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.