Monday, 8 September 2014

First Impressions: CND Brisa Lite Smoothing Gel & Brisa Lite Scultping Gel

This is totally a bonus blog post as I already have my September Nail Art Challenge as today's official post but me being me thought I'd have to put my thoughts together for CND Brisa Lite.

Let's start by laying everything out on the table, I've never been a fan of gel nails purely for the application.  I think if you've learnt both skills it's natural to pick a favourite so liquid & powder (aka "acrylics") was always my system of choice.  That aside I have had a couple of questions about Brisa Lite and having not delved into the product itself or what it's all about I felt unable to assist or even give my thoughts on it.  On one of my trips up to Creative Academy Manchester I mentioned this to Julia and her team so they decided to do a 'Mentoring Monday' with a two hour demonstration with questions and answers with CND Education Ambassador Alison Guildford.

CND Education Ambassador Alison Guildford

I had arrived with bare nails so was chosen for the demonstration but this was great because I can report back about the service itself and from a clients point of view - perfect!

Now let's be clear here, I went to today's demonstration with the thoughts that I had no interest in the Brisa Lite Sculpting Gel but that the Brisa Lite Smoothing Gel would be handy for a few clients that are harder on their nails and also to fill in ridges for a beautifully smooth finish.

(Left to Right) Brisa Lite Sculpting Gel Pink, Brisa Lite Smoothing Gel & Brisa Lite Sculpting Gel Pink & White
First up Alison applied the Brisa Lite Smoothing Gel to my ring finger.  Straight away the bit I loved was that there was no removing shine on the natural nail.  The base coat literally applies just like a regular polish which is great.  I also love that there's no filing to shape them as it brushes on and levels itself.  You can then finish with the Brisa Lite Top Coat or apply two colour coats of Shellac and the Shellac Top Coat.

Let me tell you the bit that swung it for me, the fact that this gel removes in 15 minutes using wraps.  That was probably by biggest gripe with the previous gel brand that I have used (other than it cracked and our relationship ended bitterly!)  I have a slight dislike for products you have to file off as you're meant to leave a thin layer behind for protection but if I want to take a product off, I want it completely off!

Anyway I have to admit that when it came to the Brisa Lite Sculpting Gel demonstration, I was interested but it wasn't what I had come for (as an investment in my own business) but... I love that too!  This gel builds more of an apex but as it self levels as well it requires very minimal filing and also removes with wraps in 30 minutes!  I swear it blows my mind thinking of a gel product that I can actually remove.  Obviously if you were rebalancing you wouldn't even need to remove it, you could just file off the Shellac (if there was any) and rebalance!  

My overall thoughts are that the Brisa Lite Smoothing would be, as I thought, fantastic for one of my clients that has a fault in her thumb.  It would also be brilliant for some of my heavy handed ladies to get them a little longer out of their Shellac.  

Brisa Lite Sculpting Gel surprised me because I really didn't think it would be as straight forward as it was for some reason.  The biggest bonus was the fact that there is no damage to the natural nail, I actually think that's unheard of with nail enhancements.  It would be fantastic for someone that needed a little extra length (for extreme length you would need to use the full CND Brisa system) like a bride or someone needing them for a special occasion.

One last point that I need to make is that all of my nails feel so lightweight.  I really don't feel like I currently have anything on any of them!  When I squeeze them they are strong and secure but even the two Brisa Lite Sculpting Gel nails feel like my own and have done since they were finished which is great for the clients that prefer natural nails.

That's all I have to say on the matter!  I hope you found it useful!

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