Thursday, October 21, 2010

Product Review: Parado Glossy Gel Nail Top Coat

I first learned of this product from Yumeko of A Dream of Tokyo. It sounded so interesting that I needed to try it for myself and couldn't wait until December when my son would be coming home from Japan for a visit. Yumeko had mentioned that we could order this through her friend, which is what I ended up doing.

This is basically a top coat which creates the look of gel nails without using UV lights. Use a base coat, your nail polish color of your choice and finish with Parado as your top coat. I tried this out on my naked nail and like Seche Vite, it needs a base coat/color to be able to grab onto. It eventually peel off in one layer.

I think that this works out really nicely. It finishes my manicure with a nice glossy look and it dries quite quickly. The longevity of this is average...on par with other top coats that I have used. I am really hard on my hands and nails so anything that doesn't chip in two days, is really good for me. The brush is thicker than other nail polishes that I use and I like that. I have really small nails so I can actually use one swipe on my baby finger and it gets covered. I like it a lot and have already asked my son to bring back more of this for me.

At the same time that I tried this out, I happened to try out Seche Vite for the first time. I like Seche Vite as it finishes your manicure nicely and dries quickly. I would dare say that the these two top coats are very, very similar. For you Japan girls who are wanting to try Seche Vite but don't want to pay the exhorbitant price that it is in Japan, buy Parado because I think that it is a good dupe for Seche Vite. This is found only in 7-11 stores in Japan.

For those outside of Japan who may be interested in trying this, I bought my Parado from Fumiko Kitagawa at her blog. Scroll down to the bottom as this is the last product listed. I believe that she is traveling or will be traveling very soon so if she doesn't respond right away, please be patient.



Wanderer said...

This product is great! I am going to order a bottle.

galpal.hi said...

@Wanderer--I'm really happy with this product. I hope that you'll enjoy it too.


astrorainfall @ beauty box said...

I'm a fan of Parado nail polishes. Will be sure to check out this top coat :)

Brianna said...

Thank you for suggesting this to me! I picked it up and I really like it. I have noticed that there are now lots of gel top coats here on the market. If I ever run out of this one I may have to try others!

galpal.hi said...

@astrorainfall@beautybox--I hope that you'll like this as much as I do. My son just wrote to me saying that he's not sure if it's a popular item or not but he was only able to find 4 bottles for me and he's been to several 7-11's already. It could just be because he's in such a remote area.


galpal.hi said...

@Brianna--I'm glad that you like it! It's certainly better than paying such an exhorbitant price for the Seche Vite in Japan.