We’ve been relying on gel manicures for a while now, and although the long-wearing style is perfect before trips or big events, we always hate how damaged and broken our nails become when the polish comes off. And those are just the cosmetic problems! Even worse is the fact that each gel manicure exposes our hands to damaging chemicals and harmful UV light! We’ve seen plenty of DIY gel manicure kits with mediocre reviews, but when we recently tried Butter London’s Patent-Gel Top & Tails base and top coat (to be used with any polish), we were baffled — in the best way possible! This is the way to get a lasting, chip-free manicure at home. Super shiny, smooth and safe: we’re sold!