A gel base (builder optional), a solid colour of polish topped with a top coat of gel again. This technique sounds like an easy way to cut costs on product by substituting gel with coloured polishes, but despite what you discover on YouTube, easy is not the word I would use to describe the increasingly popular Jelly Sandwich. To be honest, I would consider my two goes at it, an epic fail (yes I am aware 2 times is hardly a lot of experience, but I am a registered Nail Technician..... so hopefully that will cound for something as I am not trying it again). The picture above shows my second attempt at Jelly Sandwiching, my all time favorite polish- that red sparkly stuff!
1.) For one, the polish layers need to dry COMPLETELY prior to the top coat of gel. This equates to a significant amount of time added to each set of nails. I am talking like, north of 5 hours for a completed set, or more!
2.) As awesome as the set looked when I was finihsed, after only a few days, the polish in between the gel layers started to prune. There is really no other way for me to describe it- the polish literally wrinkled on my nails! And then started to chip off.
3.) And third but not least, I am not sure about other nail schools out there, but the one that I attended stressed the importants of not mixing products. When a gel is put under the UV light a chemical reaction takes place allowing the gel to harden A.K.A cure. When another product gets added, especially one that is not intended for that purpose, it is impossible to gauge the
consequences on a cellular level. That is, unless you are a chemist or have an extensive background in Chemestry- In a nutshell, I wouldn't recommend it, especially since the benefits are so minimal.