Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Review: Kiss Complete Salon Acrylic Kit

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Today I want to share with you my thoughts on the Kiss Complete Salon Acrylic Kit. First off let me start with the reason I went out and purchased this kit; simply I just have bad nails. It seems like no matter what I do to try and help them grow, nothing helps, I end up with weak nails that break and peel like you wouldn't believe. I've tried nail hardeners, I've tried using Vitamin E oil on them, filing the ends to 'seal' them off and I've not seen any real results from any of that. I got to a point where I was just fed up with my polish peeling off because my nails were peeling so off to Walmart I went to get this kit.

I looked at a couple other kits before I made the decision to go with this one. One reason I went with the Kiss brand is because I've used one of their acrylic kits before
and I just love their products. In the Complete Salon Acrylic Kit you get 24 white tips, 40 natural tips, 20 sculpture nail forms, Apple fresh acrylic liquid masking formula, acrylic liquid, acrylic powder, acrylic primer, maximum speed nail glue, professional acrylic brush, buff block, dappen dish, 2-way nail file and a manicure stick. This kit gives you enough supplies for 5 complete applications and up to 10 fill ins. I love the fact that it comes in a box that you can keep everything stored in! Like I said above I did get this kit from Walmart for around $16, which I think is an amazing deal, because in my area a full set of nails are like $35-40 and $15 for a fill in.

Before trying out this kit I watched a ton of videos on YouTube just to get ideas and to see exactly how to go about using the kit the proper way. So first thing I did was picked out the tips that fit my nails the best, I did have to file a few of them down in order for them to fit my nails properly. After getting all 10 tips picked out I glued them on to my nails and waited a few minutes to let the glue completely dry, then I applied the acrylic primer and then started on applying the acrylic. The process was actually really easy, just dip your brush in to the liquid acrylic that you have poured in the dappen dish, wipe off one side of the brush and then lightly slide the brush across the top of the acrylic powder until a small ball forms. Once I got the ball on the brush I started applying it where the nail tip and my real nail met, I just used a patting motion then started brushing it down on the nail. I did this till I felt I had a sufficient amount of acrylic on my nails. Once I had applied acrylic to all 10 of my nails I gave the acrylic a few minutes to completely set up then I began using the nail file and the buffing block to shape the acrylic to my liking. I feel like shaping them was the hardest part of the process, which wasn't super hard it was just tedious.

I was very happy with the result that I was able to achieve by using this kit and I would highly recommend it to anyone that wants to do their own acrylics. I was able to see a line where the nail tip and my natural nail met, but for me that is not a big deal since I plan on keeping them painted. My only complaint about this kit is the smell, but I knew it would have a strong odor, so I guess I really can't complain about that. I do feel that the Apple fresh masking liquid does help with the smell a little bit, but you can still smell the acrylic. I recommend that if you have an exhaust fan over your stove, do your nails there. That's what I did and it only left my house smelling like acrylic for a few hours after I finished up. I would also recommend getting a medium grit nail file to use in conjunction with the buffing block Kiss provides, I found that I needed the extra file for filing down the acrylic and shaping the nails. The kit does come with a file, I just liked mine better.

I have been able to apply several different nail looks to the acrylic nails and take the polish off with no problem, just don't use acetone to remove your polish as it will mess up the acrylic nails. I also just did a fill in on them the other day and reshaped them with out any issues. Below are the nail looks that I have done while wearing the acrylics.

This is the first look I did I used Duri Cosmetics Berry Vague and stamped using Mark Saffron and Born Pretty Store stamping plate BP-03.

The next look I did was a gradient with some stamping. For the gradient I used 3 no name colors and for the stamping I used a black cream and stamping plate QA8 from Born Pretty Store
#SBBNailChallenge 53. 3 color gradient and a pattern

The third look I did was with my favorite nail polish Payton from Zoya
#SBBNailChallenge 35. Purple

This final look I did after filling in my nails I used Avon Stardust in Blue Jewel
#SBBNailChallenge 45. Texture

Would you ever consider doing your own acrylics? Or have you done so in the past?


  1. hehehe My mom used to use these all the time. Initially to hide breaks (she always kept her nails veeeery long) then, after the fibromyalgia started acting up, to replace her lost claws. She doesn't bother much anymore, but I suppose these little kits will always remind me of my original nail-spiration. :)

    Love the stamping over the gradient. I need to pick another #SBBNailChallenge to work on!! :D

    1. Thanks Lizzy, it is one of my favorites!
      My MIL has fibromyalgia too!


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