Review and Nail Art: Madam Glam 3D gel in Sugar

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Hi everyone!

Today I have a completely new-to-me product to share with you. You may have noticed that I have done a handful of reviews for Madam Glam over the past week and a bit. This is the final review I have to share with you of one of their products and I just had to try something unique – something I had never tried before. I decided to have my first experience with 3D gel. Painted Fingertips | 3D gel Madam Glam Sugar patternMadam Glam’s 3D gel comes in a tube with an opening tiny enough to allow you to apply the product directly out of the tube. I decided to keep it simple with the white 3D gel, called Sugar. Keep in mind that this was my first time ever trying this product or trying to apply something in this way. Painted Fingertips | 3D gel Madam Glam Sugar patternI started off with a base of Zoya Natty. Of course, this is not a gel polish – and the good news is, the 3D gel worked just fine over it. You’ll want to stick with all gel if you want the longevity of a gel manicure, but otherwise, you can combine them so long as you always allow your polish to dry fully before starting with the gel. I decided to do a combination of criss-crossed nails and some stylised roses. Considering that this was my first time ever using this product, I think I did okay; however it’s clear that I need practice!

I did have one disappointment with this manicure. I had the idea of applying chrome powder on top, thinking that it would stick to the gel and not to the polish. The problem was, even though the powder didn’t stick to the polish, some did of course get into the spaces between the 3D gel and needed to be rinsed/wiped off. Unfortunately, when I did this, some of the powder started coming off the gel again. I’m not sure if it just doesn’t stick as well to the 3D gel as it does to a gel top coat – I need to try again and test some different ways of doing it. Painted Fingertips | 3D gel Madam Glam Sugar patternThe product itself performed just fine – it cures with a normal UV or LED light, and there are definitely plenty of nail art possibilities. To show you some of those possibilities, I decided to do a second flowers-and-lace nail art look. Painted Fingertips | Madam glam 3D gel flowers and laceThis time, I started off with a base of Lollipop Posse Lacquer Threaten Me With Life (which is a STUNNING polish, by the way). For the lacy patterns, I once again just applied the 3D gel straight from the tube. I did find it difficult to have just small gaps between the gel – you can see especially on my index finger where there were supposed to be little gaps in the lace. For the flowers, I put a blob of gel on my nail and then used a dotting tool dipped in alcohol to flatten it into a petal shape. Dipping the dotting tool in alcohol stopped the gel from sticking to it, so I could manipulate it a little. Painted Fingertips | Madam glam 3D gel flowers and laceI finished the look off with a few rhinestones. This time, I got some bubbles in the 3D gel. Again, since it was my very first time using this type of product, I’m not sure why that happened. Painted Fingertips | Madam glam 3D gel flowers and laceOverall – this is a fun product, and if you’d like to experiment with 3D nail art, I’d recommend it. I suspect that I’ll only occasionally be using it – but it will be fun to play with when I do!

If you’d like to try this product, it’s available here. For this or any other products available on the Madam Glam site, you can use the code KF30 for 30% off your entire order!

Have you ever tried a 3D gel product before? What did you think of it?