I have to be honest: When I heard about the Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel, I was immediately skeptical. I have a MINIMUM of four coats on my nails at all times. That’s one base coat, at least two coats of colour, and a top coat. Add on that any nail art, and mistakes I tried to cover by just putting on 5 more coats instead of taking it off and restarting, we are talking about a significant amount of polish on my nails at any given time. Wet n wild has attempted what nail polish aficionados like me have been clamouring for: a nail polish that goes on and dries fast, but has the look and durability of shellac. Oh yeah, and doesn’t cost $40 plus tip.
Their new 1 Step Wonder Gel dares to make my dreams come true. They employ the same technology used for dental veneers to get the strength and shine of shellac in just two at home coats (no base or top coats necessary), plus very minimal dry time. While I wouldn’t call it instantaneous, my nails definitely dried faster than a regular formula polish, and as long as you aren’t doing any serious digging in your purse for keys immediately after application, you can pretty much paint and go!
I left my two coats of polish on for eight days, and while there was some wear around the tips, there were no major eye catching/life ruining chips. The polish stayed on nicely, however the sheen didn’t last as well as I had hoped. The formula used is supposed to make your polish look as bright and glossy as Miley’s veneers, but my nails lost their smile around day three. While they were certainly not as dull as a matte finish, they just weren’t the same level of shine as they were on day one.
What the polish lacked in long lasting shine, it made up for in hilarious names for each of their 18 shades. From It’s Sher-bert Day to Cyantific Method, they’ve got me wondering: how do I get a job naming nail polishes? Overall the 1 Step Wonder Gel collection is a solid formula with a desirable dry time and durability, so it might just be time to say Bye Feluschia to your old polishes!