Monday, January 14, 2019

Happy Skin X KC Concepcion Express Gel Polish in Beauty and Power Review

Happy Skin Express Gel Polish in Beauty and Power
SRP: P299/each
Available in: Happy Skin kiosks and online

I used to blog way back 2015 and the very first beauty products that I took interest in were nail polishes. I even used to post nail arts and designs which I hastily deleted because I don't think I'm ever good at that. I developed an obsession with collecting tiny bottles that there was a moment when I had more or less a hundred unused pieces in my stash. Eventually though, I got tired of removing chipped nail arts and colors and making sure there are no traces of yellowed stains left. I sold some of them, others were made for household use or thrown because they just expired.

The love did not die down completely though. Every time I see them in shelves, I still find them so inviting. Gel polish became a trend soon after and I wanted to try one but always hesitates because it still requires me purchasing a UV lamp. Last December, Sample Room stocked up for some holiday picks and these nail polishes was one of those. I eventually spent my points for these two because why not? Look at their shades...they are exactly what I'd pick up if I'm gonna buy a lipstick.


For the first time ever, homegrown skin-caring brand Happy Skin collaborates with actress, TV host, and jewelry designer KC Concepcion on a limited edition HappySkin X KC gel polish collection. Known for her love for polish and all things feminine, the 2-piece collection was inspired by her favorite flower, the rose. 

A celebration of self-love, inner strength, and women empowerment, the first polish is fittingly named Power, which features a deep cherry hue. The second shade, Beauty, features a luxurious apricot color, a striking modern nude.

Chip-resistant & long-wearing, this dries quickly and cures in natural light-no UV lamp needed! Hydrolyzed Keratin helps make nails stronger and Almond Oil helps nourish.


I love the overall packaging. It looks fancy and feminine especially with the rose design. Twist the cap open and you'll see the wide, slightly dense applicator that makes the job done easy as it covers a huge area of the nails in just a swipe.


On first coat, you will already get a strong pop of color. You can enhance it by adding a second layer for an extra shine and better color buildup. I like that the formula is thick and creamy so it's feels good to apply. It just dries quick so you have to really blend it as fast as you could to avoid a clumpy finish.


Product stays put for about two (2) days. I noticed that mild chipping happened on day 3 on the bottom and upper part of my nail beds. This is pretty much usual as I tend to unconsciously rub and use my fingers to scratch skin whenever it itches. I do the dishes too, clean and mop the house and I like washing my hands every now and then. The picture below shows the manicure after 7 days. There were chipped parts but only on the outer areas of my nail bed, inner part is still intact. This is quite an achievement because regular nail polishes don't make it for a week.

NOTE: I applied the product as is. No base or top coats used in the demo. Base coat is necessary to avoid heavily-stained nail beds.


Overall, I'm quite happy with how they turned out. Both shades are beautiful and suitable for any skin complexion. I like the fact that it's very convenient to use--no UV lamp needed and you get to have well-manicured nails with a shiny finish just like a regular gel polish (even sans top coat). I've tried a gel polish once before and I would say that wears longer but still Happy Skin Express Gel Polishes are quite an investment for women on-the-go. If you are someone who's very busy but still wants chic and stylish nails, go for these. It saves you time in every way.


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