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Seventeen Long Island Gel Colour - Imagination In Colour

Seventeen Long Island Gel Colour

Hello! Recently every brand and their dog in the UK has been coming out with ‘gel-effect’ polishes. I’m a fan. I have always loved the look of gel nails, but without wanting to commit to a single colour for more than a couple of days they aren’t for me. So these gel-effect nail varnishes are perfect! I’ve come to realise though that these seem to be very hit and miss. Barry M stormed it with their Gellys, but Models Own seem to have had a bit of a fail with the HyperGels, according to the blogosphere. Nails Inc also seem to have made some lovely coloured ones, but their Kensington Caviar gel-effect topcoat seems to have been one big flop. And I honestly haven’t heard much at all on the Rimmel Salon Pros,  so now that Seventeen have brought out their take, how will they fare?

Seventeen Long Island Gel Colour (2)

Seventeen Long Island Gel Colour (3)

Seventeen Long Island Gel Colour

Seventeen Long Island Gel Colour (4)

Long Island is a very simple, very clean soft grey. It’s probably the palest grey I own, which is something I’ve been searching for for the longest time! I find greys can come off quite dull or quite ugly sometimes on the nail, but this one is just perfection. I think this will be fantastic worn alone but even better as a neutral base for a lovely sparkly glitter.


The photos are 2 coats, for full opacity. This was something I wasn’t expecting. First coat is a little sheer, and most pale greys take a while to build up, but this one was flawless at two. It applies really evenly, and dries to a fabulous shine, much like the Barry M Gellys (dare I say it… maybe even… better?). It dries quickly, however I did find sheetmarks the next day after a good 2-3 hours of drying, so I’d definitely recommend using a quick-dry topcoat to avoid denting and sheetmarks. If that’s its only sin, I can live with it! The bottle claims you can get up to 8 days of wear from this polish, which in all honesty I am too impatient to try, but Sophie of The Bird Song apparently wore it for nine days so that’s awesome! The brush made application really easy – often flat brushes end up too wide or too thin but this one is a good width and has a nice curve along the edge to make the neat cuticle line easy to achieve. No clean-up here ladies!!

My verdict – LOVE. I am so impressed with this polish and it far surpassed my expectations. I do love my funky indies and my wild glitters but sometimes it’s so nice to wear a ‘palate-cleanser’ – I just felt that my nails looked so clean and looked-after with this on! I will definitely be going back for more. I also bought ‘Emerald Tropics’ – a very gorgeous green that is hell to photograph so I may or may not write a post on it, but that one is equally fabulous in formula and finish.

The Seventeen Gel Colour range retails for £3.99 each and is available in Boots instore and online. They currently have a 3 for 2 offer on so grab them while you can get them nice and cheap!

What are your thoughts on Gel-Effect polishes?