Press Ons???- Apres Gel X Dupe

Recently I saw a post on Instagram about Gel-X nails. Funny thing, this system has been out since 2017!! Celebrities, including Ariana Grande rave about this system. It looked super easy and the nails looked amazing, so I decided to try it.

Then I saw the price. $140 ??

So browsing YouTube I saw a video about a alternative way to do it.

God was on my side lol!!! And I didn’t have to spend any money because I had all the products. And if you do your own nails you will too!!

So this was win win!!!!

This is what you’ll need:

Nail Gel:


EC basket nail tips coffin:

EC basket nail tips Ballerina:

Gelish Pro bond:

Gelish Ph bond:

Gorilla glue:

Cuticle oil:

Nail file:


Step 1:

Prepare your nails like you would for an acrylic or polygel set.

Then use your preferred ph bond. I use Gelish

Then dehydrate your nails using your preferred primer. I use Gelish as well.

Step 2:

Coat nail lightly with bling gel, builder gel, or base coat. I used bling gel for this set but I’ve heard base coat works just as good.

Step 3:

Cure for 60 seconds

Step 4:

You can actually do this before you prep your nails. Buff the inside of the nail tip. I don’t have an e-file so I bent a cheap nail file.

Step 5:

Place gel at the base of nail tip. You’ll have to do this a couple of times before you figure out the right gel ratio.

Step 6:

Hold the nail at a 45 degree angle and press the nail firmly into natural nail. Make sure there are no air bubbles. This is very important.

Step 7:

While holding the nail flash cure for 10 seconds. This is the most difficult part.

Some use a portable UV nail light like this. Or you can have someone hold the light for you.

Then full cure for 60 seconds.

Flawless!!!! No bubbles!!!!

Step 7:

File and Buff

Step 8:

Paint and Design. I used a glitter gel polish from Gelish and on the other nails, a glitter from my local beauty supply.

Step 9:

Top coat and apply cuticle oil. This is a diy oil I made with equal parts

  • Jojoba Oil
  • Olive oil
  • Vitamin E
  • 2 drops of tea tree oil

I love this set. And the more I practice the better I’ll get. It’s so much easier than polygel and acrylics.

Annddddd less damage to your natural nails.

Let me know if you’re going to try this!!! And check out these videos!!!!

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