I went in for a polish change a week and a half ago (Sunday the 19th, to be exact). The manicurist asked if I wanted to try the OPI Axiumm line of UV gel polish. She promised chip-free color for three weeks, as well as instant-dry nails. It was more money, of course, but hey! Three weeks!
Once complete (it took twice as long) my immediate impression was somewhat unimpressed. The timeline cancelled out the "instant dry" perk, plus my nails looked really dull. They had none of that fabulous, just left the salon sheen. Flat, matte color. And not even the color I really wanted, since the options are limited. My nails also had a weird, gooey feeling, in spite of being set. I think that was from the SIX layers of polish they put on.
But hey, three weeks!
By the end of week one, we were going strong. Sort of. Not really.
My cuticles were starting to show froth and there was definitely chipping. The edges began to show slight curling, which turned out to be the first signs of peeling.
Day 10 - full peel began and the first offender popped right off. Super gross, and it left my nails feeling dry and brittle.
Day 11, ten days shy of my promised manicure lifespan, and the rest were gone.
I am irritated. It was basically the opposite of what I was promised. I do not recommend it, and will not try it again. I'd rather just sit under the nail dryer.