[Review] Sorbet Gelish Nails

While I may be falling off the blog post publishing wagon, I’ve been working away gathering content, busy as ever. I’ve just had my nails done, professionally, for the very first time at Sorbet Nails. The lovely girls at Sorbet Canal Walk invited me to come in and have a gelish session. First of all – I didn’t even know Sorbet was a salon. I just thought it was a place where people (who knew what they were talking about) would go and buy nail polish and face wash. I personally hate face masks so I’ve never bothered to go in. Secondly, I used to advertise Sorbet products when they were on promotion at Clicks, so I just thought it was a product range store, nope! You can actually go and have your mani’s and pedi’s done there.

Sorbet Canal Walk

I arrived at the wrong Sorbet at Canal Walk, doh! There’s a small nail bar upstairs in the mall, but the big store is downstairs near entrance 2. Save yourself the mission and get it right! It’s quite tucked away under the escalated.

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I was warmly invited in by the staff, offered a cup of tea (with these super cool sorbet sweet things) and a crazy amount of nail colours to choose from! Decisions, decisions.

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And the process began…filing down to the shape you like:


I had a stunning nail technician, Cynthia, who told me all about her journey to become a nail tech. She was an assistant at a beauty college, always watching to see what the students did. Eventually she started doing her own nails and the nails of her friends and family in the township, until the owner of the school noticed she had a passion and invited her to study on a bursary type arrangement. Now she’s one of the best Sorbet nail techs in town. I loved hearing her story and she really did do a lovely job.

Cynthia at Sorbet

After buffering and cleaning my nails, I couldn’t decide which colour to go for so Cynthia let me roughtly test a few out. They’re ALL so pretty!


So after FINALLY deciding on my colour, I had clear painted on, scratched with a brush and baked in a little nail oven!

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Then came the colour…

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A dark red coca cola colour was what I picked as I always say my personal style is ‘pop and roll’. A little rock n roll that’s not too emo and always required a pop of colour. So, in this instant, I chose a dark colour but then brighted it up with some glitters:

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Another layer of transparent gelish is then added and baked.

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My nails were then wiped off and shined up.

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After they were shined up and looked fresh and sparkly, I was treated to a hand and arm massage with warm water and exfoliator. It was super relaxing, although my arm muscles actually hurt being massaged! Don’t think my forearms have even been massaged before!

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After 2 weeks, this is what they looked like:

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As you can see, they’ve grown out a bit but the colour hasn’t chipped at all.


This is what my nails looked like, after 3 weeks, when I decided to have the gelish removed.



It takes just under an hour so you will need to book time to have them removed. First your nails will be soaked in some kinds of nail polish remover acid stuff, put on cotton wool and hidden under tin foil!

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You will need to sit like this for about 15 minutes. They will then remove the polish, which comes off really easily after being soaked.

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They will then file your nails down and make them look nice. I didn’t have time to have more gelish put on as the store was closing and I could only go after work, so I just had the gelish removed.

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And voila! Back to normal.

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You can have Gelish with power mani for R380 or just the Gelish prep and application for R220. Mine lasted 3 weeks before it started breaking off and looking shabby. I absolutely LOVED the way it made my nails feel. They’re not false nails, which means they still feel very “connected” to you. They’re SO MUCH stronger and actually made my  nails feel how I think they should – like mini tools! You can open cans of coke without snapping your finger nails, etc. I have really weak nails so I loved being able to do things without ruining my nails – or hurting them.

At R220 x 12 months that’s R2640 a year, so it’s definitely a luxury. But it’s a luxury that I’m honestly considering doing it as I really, really loved them!

Find Sorbet nail and beauty stores all over Cape Town, just go to the Sorbet website for the closest store to you.

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