Thursday, January 20, 2011

OPI Axxium Soak-Off Gel Polish

Regular manicures are so 2010! I am always looking for new nail trends and ways to make my manicures last longer. I have previously posted on my experienced with CalGel (Click here: Fab-YOU-lous: BEST MANICURE OF MY LIFE!!!) and Shellac (Click here: Fab-YOU-lous: CND Shellac Hybrid Nail Polish). At my last trip to the nail salon, I tried OPI Axxium for the first time and I wanted to share my experience and the results with you.

OPI Axxium is a soak-off gel nail polish that lasts for at least 14 days without any chips or cracks. Much like CalGel and Shellac there is absolutely no drying time involved, which is always a plus. OPI Axxium is cured under a UV light, which makes it hard, shiny, and completely dry when your treatment is finished. Axxium is an odorless gel that is applied to your natural nail by a nail technician with a small brush. The treatment starts with a base coat, followed by color coats (or in my case the French application), and then finished with a top coat, all sealed in under the UV lamp. 
As seen in the above photo, I chose to have a French finish put on my nails instead of using a plain color; however, OPI Axxium is known and loved by OPI enthusiasts for their color choices, which include some of OPI's most beloved and popular shades. My nails look amazingly shiny and are perfectly smooth, and they are stronger than ever! 
Above is what my nails looked like exactly 14 days after application. Not a chip or crack anywhere! 
So how does OPI Axxium compare to Shellac and CalGel? Well, I have to say that CalGel is still my #1 favorite of them all, both Shellac and OPI Axxium are at a close second, and a regular manicure finishes last. I personally felt that both the Shellac and Axxium offered pretty much the same thing overall, making them basically interchangeable in my mind. I would completely recommend any of these services to everyone- if you hate waiting around for your nails to dry, want a manicure to last 2-3 weeks without any chips at all, and want a stunningly smooth and shiny mirror-finished nail, then Shellac, Axxium, or CalGel are for you!

My OPI Axxium manicure cost $30; Prices for this service vary per salon, but usually range from about $25-$50.

Stay Fabulous xoxo
~Miss Glamour Girl

1 comment:

  1. hello, your nails look GREAT!!! i'm a little confused though, maybe you could help me.. i have gotten the calgel, along with acrylic designs on top.. i LOVE IT. i have never tried the opi axxium though. what is really the difference? and if i got the opi axxium done one day, would i be able to go to a different salon the next and add acrylic designs on top? it is soooo expensive to do the calgel w/ the acyrlic designs on top! my nails are basically "kawaii" nails.. love to add lots on top of them... but i figured i'd buy my own gels and do the gels myself... and until i practice enough to do the designs w/ the acrylic i was wondering if i could just do my own nails w/ the calgel or axxium and then go and get the designs done somewhere else!! thank you!

    -confused! @_@


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