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CND Shellac Brisa LED Lamp Review

In May 2015, CND released the long-anticipated LED Lamp to cure Shellac. The lamp said can cut the curing time in half and can cure Shellac and Brisa.

CND LED Lamp Features

The CND LED Lamp utilizes 3C (Complete Chromatic Cure) Technology to optimize light, time and energy for maximum shine and lasting durability across a full spectrum of colors. It shows from the design and setting.

The lamp is round and lighter. It’s more open. You can see inside from front or back side.  It’s acetone resistant. No sliding tray as the lamp is quite open; thus allowing the foot to go in freely.


Some great features are:

  • Targeted exposure to the nail bed area where you want to cure the polish, not all over the hand. There are 5 LED bulbs right on top and 2 bulbs on the right and left for the thumbs.
  • Easy-to-use preset controls for each service step.  There are 1 power switch (on the side) and 4 buttons for curing: 1, 2B, 2S and 3. See photo below for details.
  • Halved curing time: 10 seconds for all CND Base Coats, but only 60 seconds for CND Shellac Color coat, for all Brisa Gels and for all the curable CND Top Coats
  • Alignment guides for proper hand/foot placement on the surface base, making it easier to place fingers for targeted cure.
CND LED Preset timers

CND LED Preset timers


CND LED Lamp Vs Current UV Lamp

For starter, the look and design are totally different from CND UV Lamp. The CND LED Lamp has a round shape surrounding the hand. It’s smaller and lighter, which is about 1.7 lbs. Dimension is 8.3″x 8.2″x 4″.

CND Current UV Lamp

Compare to the original UV Lamp, the CND LED Light design has some interesting features such as:

  • Uniform drying
  • Cures in half the time compared to CND UV Lamp
  • The same 1 year warranty
  • No bulb replacement. Each LED light will last up to 10,000 hours.
  • No assembly required compared to CND UV Lamp, which you have to open and plug in all the bulbs before using it.
  • Removable power cord (the lamp we have comes with US plug)
  • It accepts 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz (thumbs up for this)
  • Power consumption max is 36 Watts
  • There are only 4 buttons compare to 8 at UV Lamp

Curing Time

What I found interesting with CND LED Lamp is that when you press the “1” button for curing base coat, instead of beaming continuously, the lights will pulse (turn on then off) 5 times for total 10 seconds before turning off. So don’t be alarmed if you see the lights are pulsing and yes, your lamp works fine. The pulsing also happens when you press “3” for curing top coat. It will pulse for couple times before lighting continuously.  No pulsing when you press button “2B” or “2S”.

To see a video review of CND LED Lamp, check out this video from LiverpoolLashes.

CND LED Lamp is now available at Esther’s Nail Center for $239 (at the time of writing). Shop now!

So what do you think about the new CND LED Lamp? Do you have any comment or questions? Just leave your comment below.


Rapidcure Tunnel UV LED Lamp

We’re pleased to introduce you to the new Rapidcure LED Tunnel Lamp. This lamp is unique because it’s the first tunnel lamp that can use either regular 9 watt UV bulb or LED bulb. There are 4 sockets that are compatible with replaceable UV bulb or LED strips. Four (4) LED strips included (but not the UV bulbs). Mirror panels surround hand for rapid and even curing. Now you can cure Shellac and Gel polish with the same lamp!

Rapidcure LED 24 Watt Tunnel Lamp

  • Voltage: 110V to 240V.  International customer: You just need to change the adapter to the correct plug for the geographical area it is being used.
  • Wattage 24 Watts
  • 4 x 6-watt Replaceable LED Bulb Strips included
  • Up to 50,000 Hour Lifetime
  • For home & salon
  • Built-In Timer (30 or 60 seconds)
  • Full five fingers curing.
  • Sliding base. Great for tips and toes.
  • Limited US warranty for 1 year from the manufacturer

Rapidcure UV LED Tunnel Lamp


LED Bulb Strips vs UV Bulbs

The Rapidcure LED Tunnel Lamp is now available at Esther’s Nail Center for only $99.95. Much cheaper from other brands LED lamp. Replaceable LED bulb strips or 9-Watt UV Bulbs are sold separately.

So what do you think about this lamp? Like it or not?

Nail Harmony Gelish LED Lamps Comparison

Are you thinking of upgrading your UV lamp to an LED Lamp? Nail Harmony offers many types of Gelish LED Lamps to suit the different needs of different users. Yes, these LED lamp can cure any brand of gel polish as long as it’s LED-cured (To know if a gel polish is LED-cured, contact the manufacturer or read the product description).

This guide covers 3 most popular Gelish LED Lamps, which are Gelish 18G, Gelish 5-45 and Gelish Pro 45 Mini.

Gelish 18G LED Lamp

gelish 18g led lamp

gelish 18g led light

gelish led 18g lamp back

Gelish 18G LED Professional High Performance Lamp has protective cover to protect the eyes, variable timer and compact design for working table. It cures 5 fingers and toes at once. So there’s no need to cure the thumbs separately.


  • Cures all five fingers and toes
  • Motion Activated – It will be on automatically when you slide your hands into the opening
  • Preset Cure times button: 5, 20, 30 seconds with an LED Display Timer with Countdown
  • (18) 2-watt LED lights [=36 watts]
  • Patented eyeShield™ to limits light exposure
  • Magnetic tray for effrotless, through sanitizing
  • High Intensity Diamond Reflectors
  • All unit light space is utilized
  • Acetone Resistant
  • Client comfort pad
  • Never need to replace bulbs
  • Gelish 18G lamp has consistent power and performance from the first second out of the box through to the 50,000th hour
  • Adapter input is 110 to 240 volts. This is great for any customer around the world
  • One-year US warranty
  • Meets standard safety compliance world-wide

Curing Time with This Lamp

  • Gelish Foundation Gel – 5 seconds
  • Structure Gel – 30 seconds
  • Top It Off – 30 seconds
  • Gelish colors – 20-30 seconds
  • Gelish Hard Gels Foundation Gel – 5 seconds
  • Hard Gel Clear Gel – 20 seconds
  • Hard Gel Builder Gels – 30 seconds

Power Requirements

Input 100V-240V AC, 50Hz-60Hz. Power consumption: 40W.
For international buyer: you need a plug converter. The lamp we have has a 2-thin-prongs plug for North American consumers.


Gelish 18G lamp is the most expensive but also the most sophisticated among the three. This lamp is geared toward professionals. But of course a DIYer can use it as well. Check out Andrea’s review (from Chickettes.com) to read her experience with this lamp.


Gelish 5-45 LED Light

Gelish 5-45 LEd Light

gelish led light 5-45

Gelish 5-45 is a high performance LED gel-curing light. It’s smaller and lighter than Gelish 18G, with dimension 7.5 x 7.25 inches. Even though, it’s smaller it cures all five fingers as well.


  • Cures all five fingers and toes
  • Pedicure friendly
  • Only 1 preset, 45-second cure button
  • 18 LED bulbs for cool, safe curing
  • High Intensity Diamond Reflectors
  • All unit light space is utilized, ergonomic design
  • Never need to replace bulbs
  • It comes with an adapter that has input source 110-240V
  • Gelish 5-45 lamp has consistent power and performance from the first second out of the box through to the 50,000th hour
  • 90-Day US warranty

Curing time with this lamp

  • Gelish Base, Colors, and Top Coat:  45 sec.

Power Requirements

adapter for gelish 5-45 light

Input 100V-230V AC, 50Hz-60Hz. Power consumption: 18W.
For international buyer: you need a plug converter. The lamp we have has a 2-thin-prongs plug for North American consumers.


Gelish 5-45 costs much less than 18G, making it more popular among home user. It still cures 5 fingers though it cures longer than 18G version.  It has less features than 18G but works just the same.


Gelish Mini Pro 45 LED Light

gelish Mini Pro 45 led lamp

The Gelish Pro 45 Mini LED Curing Light is especially designed to cure Gelish Soak-off Gel color and products for a beautiful manicure that lasts up to three weeks.


  • Compact ergonomic design
  • Cures four fingers at a time
  • Not pedicure friendly
  • Three Two watt LED bulbs
  • One Preset forty-five second button
  • The Gelish Pro 45 Mini has consistent power and performance from the first second out of the box through to the 50,0000th hour.

Curing time with this lamp

  • Gelish Base, Colors, and Top Coat:  45 sec.

Power Requirements

Input 100V-240V AC. 50Hz-60Hz.  As you can see from the photo above, this lamp has 1 cable and 1 usb-to-wall adapter. International customer can use this lamp by using a plug converter.


This lamp is usually packaged together in the Gelish Complete Starter Kit for beginners. This lamp is the smallest with just 6 inches wide only.  Please beware of the size as some people may find it too small. Perfect for personal use.

A little Note

Nail Harmony just recently introduced a new Gelish Pro Starter Kit with 5-45 LED light instead of the Pro Mini 45. This is great for people who want a bigger lamp. If you want to know more, just read the kit information here.

I hope this guide will be helpful in guiding you to purchase your next LED Lamp. Have you used any of these lamp? Feel free to share your experience in the comment below.

End of Year 2013 SALE

Check out Esther’s Nail Center latest sale on Gelish and OPI LED Lamp, Daisy and Adoree nail polish!  Limited time only. No coupon necessary. Visit www.EsthersNC.com

LED Lamp Sale



Gelish 18G LED lamp $215. Reg $259.

OPI GelColor LED Lamp $209. Reg. $249.

Gelish Fantastic Four Pack– $32.95. Reg $36.95
It’s like buy a Base Coat & a Top Coat, get FREE phBond & Nourish Oil.

Gelish Matte & Gloss Duo Top Coat – $23.95. Save $3.95 compare to buying separately.
Get a Matte and a Gloss top it off coats.

Daisy Gel Polish Clearance Sale – $8.99 each. Reg $10.99. While supplies last.

– Adoree Nail Polish – Buy 1 Get 1 FREE. Purchase at full price. We’ll refund the free items accordingly.

Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit – CND, OPI Gel Color And Gelish

You’ve read a lot about gel manicure and ready to be a do-it-yourself gel manicurist. Or maybe you are looking for a gift for a gel polish fan. Whatever your reason is, this article will let you know about three Gel Nail Polish Starter/Intro Kits from the most popular brands in the market. They are CND, OPI GelColor and Gelish.

For starter, buying a kit will cost less than buying individually. The kit also has all (most) everything you need to do gel application. It helps you starting your gel manicure without getting panic because you miss something important in the middle of your manicure.


complete gelish starter kit

gelish complete starter kit

Like its name, this kit has the most complete set including a mini (pretty small) LED lamp.  The whole kit comes in a small box that weighs only 2 lbs.

It contains:

The Gelish MINI Pro 45 LED Curing Light

It is especially designed to efficiently cure Gelish Soak-off Gel color and products from the Gelish MINI System for a beautiful manicure that lasts up to three weeks. Its compact design is great for at-home personal use and cures 4 fingers at a time. Cures faster than regular uv lamp.

Features includes:

  • a preset forty-five second timer and three 2 watt LED bulbs that never need to be replaced.
  • The compact ergonomic design allows for both comfort and to save table space.
  • The MINI Pro 45 has consistent power and performance from the first second out of the box through to the 50,0000th hour.

International customer needs a plug converter.

Update May 2014: Just arrived! Gelish Pro Kit, a starter kit that’s similar to Gelish Complete Starter Kit, but with larger 5-45 LED Lamp that cures 5 fingers. Read Gelish Pro Kit for details.


CND Shellac Starter Trial Pack Kit

CND Shellac Gel Kit contains all you need to start right away. This is the only kit packed in a retail box, directly from CND. So the colors are pre-selected. Don’t mistake it with many Shellac kits that are custom selected by seller, which are many on Ebay.

The trial pack doesn’t include a Shellac UV lamp (Shellac is only cured under a UV Lamp). The lamp is sold separately.

There are 2 color options, Chic or Trendy. These have 4 different Shellac colors. The rest are the same.

What you get in the Shellac Chic kit:

What you get in the Shellac Trendy kit:

  • 1 x CND Shellac Base Coat .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Top Coat .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Electric Orange .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Tutti Frutti .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Blue Rapture .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Tango Passion .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Scrubfresh 2 oz
  • 1 x CND CuticleAway 6 oz
  • 1 x CND SolarOil .25 oz
  • 1 x Pure Isopropyl Alcohol 2 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Nourishing Remover 2 oz
  • 1 x Kanga File
  • 1 x Orangewood Stick
  • 1 x Brochure
  • 1 x CND Shellac Certification Flyer



OPI Gel Color Starter Kit has everything you need to start a gel manicure. It includes 6 iconic OPI gel nail polish colors, a uv base and uv top coat and accessories. It is the only kit from OPI that includes a Base and Top Coat while other kits have none.

OPI Gel Starter Kit

OPI Gel Starter Kit

OPI Gel Polish Kit

OPI Gel Polish Kit

The Icons GelColor Intro Kit includes:

  • 12.5 mL – 0.43 fl. oz OPI Gel Bubble Bath
  • 12.5 mL – 0.43 fl. oz OPI Gel OPI Red
  • 12.5 mL – 0.43 fl. oz OPI Gel Pirouette My Whistle
  • 12.5 mL – 0.43 fl. oz OPI Gel Vampsterdam
  • 12.5 mL – 0.43 fl. oz OPI Gel You Don’t Know Jacques!
  • 12.5 mL – 0.43 fl. oz OPI Gel Princesses Rule!
  • 12.5 mL – 0.43 fl. oz OPI Gel Top Coat
  • 12.5 mL – 0.43 fl. oz OPI Gel Base Coat
  • 15 mL – 0.5 fl. oz. BondAid
  • 120 mL – 4 fl. oz. Expert Touch Lacquer Remover
  • 120 mL – 4 fl. oz. N.A.S. 99
  • Blank Nail Palette With Chain
  • Reusable Cuticle Stick
  • GelColor By OPI Tabletop Instructions
  • GelColor By OPI Instructional Brouchure
  • GelColor By OPI Window Cling

OPI Gel Color also has 6-gel colors kit that  has no LED Lamp. Usually the kit has 6 seasonal gel colors but without Top and  Base coats.

All starter kits mentioned above are available at Esther’s Nail Center, your online source for gel manicure  offering brands such as CND Shellac, Daisy, Gelish, and OPI Gelcolor.

So which one would you choose among the three if you want to invest in doing gel manicure yourself? Please leave your comment below. I would be happy to read each one of them.

Duolite LED and UV Combo Nail Lamp

When buying the first nail lamp, sometimes we just can’t decide between a UV lamp or LED light. CND Shellac can only be cured by uv light while LED can cure gel polish. So buying your nail lamp can be confusing especially if you want to use CND Shellac and gel polish.

Duolite LED UV Nail Light

If you’re in this situation, Duolite LED or UV Combo Curing Nail Lamp by Star Nail is the answer. It’s the only lamp you will ever need.

Duolite combo lamp combines both LED and UV light cure technology into one lamp. It’s designed to allow you easily switch from LED to UV light setting in seconds! So this lamp works virtually for all brands of LED and UV gels, soak off gels, hybrid polish and top coats.

Duolite LED and UV lamp works in 2 modes:

Full LED Mode
5, 10, 30, 60 second cure

Full UV Mode
36 watt
30, 90, 120, 180 second cure

Both modes can cure 5 fingers. It comes with a removable tray.

Voltage: 110V only. International customer would need a transformer to use it.

Duolite Combo LED and UV Lamp

The uv lamp will need to be replaced when it shows sign of undercuring. Use Ocius or Rapidcure 9-watt bulb as replacement. It’s recommended when changing a UV light bulb to change all of them at the same time.

The LED bulbs do not require changing. It’s long lasting. Keep bulbs clean and free of dust as this will reduce the bulbs ability to cure properly.

Like it or hate it? Feel free to share you review below.

Nail Polish and UV Lamp Bulbs Disposal

Whether you have boxes and boxes of nail polishes in your closet or just a few in your drawer, we all eventually have to throw away some of them. With the rising of gel nail polish and uv lamp consumption, we have to know the proper way of nail polish disposal.

Nail polish and uv lamp bulbs are categorized as household hazardous waste because they contain chemicals that are hazardous to health and environment. Therefore, they need to be disposed in a different way than regular garbage.  In California, nail polish and bulbs are not allowed to be dumped into the dumpster but we need to dispose them in a special facility that accept this kind of waste. For more information about this, please read “How to Dispose Your Nail Polish Properly“.

Another way is to reuse nail polish in different ways. Read “15 Alternative Uses for Nail Polish” to get some ideas. Let us take care the earth by disposing nail polish in a proper way.

Is UV Lamp safe?

In this post I am trying to put together all articles from other sources regarding the safety of doing gel manicures with uv lamp. Will be updated whenever needed.