Rated 4.04 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Been Using for Over a Year
I have been using Le Mini Macaron for over a year now I have around 15 colors. This product works extremely well if you use the polish as directed. I do NOT work for LMM; I am just a HUGE fan. I have purchased many of the kits for friends and family as well and they all love this product too!
I paint my nails about once a week because they grow so quickly, and it only takes me 20-30 min to have perfect nails afterwards. I never painted my nails much before using LMM because I was a nail biter, but having this gel on has helped me stop biting so now I have to keep polish on. Below is what I do for my polish application which has worked for me so far for around a year, and the polish will stay the entire week most of the time. I will say, the lighter more white based colors are much more thick than the darker colors and more difficult for me to apply.
Make sure you keep your polishes standing upright in storage. I have sometimes had issued with the polished leaking out of the side if left upside down or on their sides, but this mostly has happened with my older polishes which had different tops than the current product.
-Make sure your hands are clean and dry
-File the top layer of your entire nail and wipe off nail dust on something dry (I use paper towel)
-Apply 1 thin supppppper light coat of polish (like barely any polish at all) then put nail in light for 30 sec.
-Apply 2 regular coats of color with 30 second light in between.
-I then put each nail in the light for another 30 seconds just in case the polish didn't cure all the way.
Most Helpful Critical Review Meh
This product was not the greatest. The packaging was adorable and the instructions were easy to follow, but I had the most problems with the polish itself. The smell is awful and makes you want to leave the room as soon as you even get a small whiff of it. The polish color is gorgeous, but the application would say otherwise. The polish was very clumpy and again, the smell, didn't go away even after curing the polish. Instead of the 30 seconds they say it takes to cure the polish, it took at least a minute for the first coat! It took me about an hour to do all 10 nails and do them well, and then, an hour later, the polish is peeling off in one piece! All that effort for a product like this! The only problems were with the polish, but if you could just buy the lamp and other materials without the polish, this would be 5 stars!
Reviewed by 71 customers I LOVED IT
Paulina from Apex, NC
So I've been seeing the Le macaron everywhere and at first I didn't buy into the hype but once I did... I WAS HOOKED. I bought the Cassie color which is like a deep dark red. I hope I'm naming it right haha. anyways, so the downside is that it's a small lamp so you'd have to do it one finger at a time which is not a problem since it cures rather quickly. it's been almost two weeks and it JUST started peeling. I removed it all and now it's good as new. looks professionally done and clean. I loved it so much I bought the Le Maxi Macaron! and to the people giving negative reviews, FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS!
Good gel polish
BeeSat from Tampa
This is a decent mini gel nail kit. Do not purchase the red if you're looking for a true red nail color as it's more neon orange. Need to apply thin coats as the nail polish is goopy and an angled brush would work better.
Jackie from CT
Never missed my gel mani appt, however I wanted to find out a way to do it myself. As much as I love my nail tech it gets pricey after a while. I really love this..happy to be a part of Le mini macaron family. Can't nobody take better care than yourself.
Heather from Maryland
So this little kit delivered. I followed the directions carefully and my nails look like they were done professionally. It's only been as couple of weeks so I'm not sure how long it will last. So far so good.
Best Quarantine Manicure
Nancy the mua from Streamwood, illinois
After reading all the reviews good and bad, I decided to base this product on my own experience. OMG.. It was definitely the BEST decision! This little kit has paid for itself. No joke!! Now, I'm not a pro but the steps are pretty easy. If you make a mistake, clean/fix it with acetone. Simple!! It's a step by step process, trust when I say that!! If I can provide a picture of my nails you'd be impressed!
Tiffany from Michigan
The concept seemed pretty straight forward and after watching videos from the company I felt confident I could do this at home with no issue. My end result was a little messy, but the following day I woke up to lumps and indents in almost all my nails and on the second day the polish already half way chipped off another nail. I will try one more time, but honestly does not seem worth the money or hour I put into it...
Not what some expect, but I love it.
Luc from PDX
There is a learning curve with this product. It doesn't hold a charge, so it has to be plugged into its USB chord while used. The gel can be hard to learn to use and can end up looking splotchy. The gel peels off my nails all in one piece after being in water for a long time, like a shower. Nail polish remover doesn't help to remove it.
Having said that, the gel definitely lasts longer than nail polish and the 30-second cure time is really great. The color is very solid.
Don't waste your money
EKM from Texas
I bought this b/c I am used to regular gel mani's & pedi's & cannot go to the salon due to the current covid closures. I thought I would try my own at home. The remover would not take my existing polish off so I ended up just filing it all off. The light is so tiny that there is no way to do your toes. The light also has to be plugged in to use & it's a very short usb cord. After doing all of the work it took to get my nails painted, it started peeling the next day
Bought again as a gift right away!
Jillian from NJ
Absolutely love the products from this brand. The gel polish is truly salon quality but I can successfully use it at home by myself. I loved it so much I bought a kit for my mom as a gift after using my own. And then my aunt, cousins, everyone bought their own too. We love Le Mini Macaron! This is the real deal.
LOVE these kits
Angie from Hartford, CT
These kits are phenomenal, so easy to use and get great results from! I bought the red one years ago and loved it, but at some point I lost it. Now that I can't go to the nail salon due to COVID-19, I knew I had to get another le mini macaron gel kit! This pink is gorgeous, I did 2 coats and it came out perfect, no chips for nearly a week! Will be improving my application process but I am very pleased!
Would definitely buy again!!
Brittany from Virginia
Very easy to use! Follow the instructions and you won't have a problem at all. Love how small and compact it is, and you are able to use different gel polish brands as well. Definitely recommend!
I would not buy this product again
R from Las Vegas
Be careful choosing color on line. I chose a pretty, subdued color and received something that a 12 year old would like, super sparkly pink. But my mail problem with this product is that I'd doesn't last. And it is impossible to remove. It took me literally hours with constant filing down on the polish between trying to soak it off for 30 min at a time. The little remover pads that you get with a kit (enough to remove gel one time if they actually worked) were a joke and did nothing. I used acetone after and it still took forever. I could have dealt with that nightmare considering we are in a pandemic situation but the gel chips after about 5 days. I have a split nail bad on my right thumb and I had to already completely redo that nail and fix three others just adding a little gel where it chipped and it had only been a week since the first application. No bueno.
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Rachael from Pekin, Illinois
I was really excited to receive this especially because of the price. Everything was included as expected and at first it worked great but the gel does not last more than a day it peels right off. I don't even have to do anything for this to happen. Disappointed 😞
Cheap Manicure quality
alv014 from Skokie
I'd love to try a gel manicure without going to the salon so I got this and it works, I don't like the quality of the nail polish. I wish I would have just gone to the nail salon.
Lasts for a couple of days
Tmevans03 from Pennsylvania
This does give you a gel manicure at home for less than the nail salon, but does tend to chip after 3 days per usual nail polish. But definitely worth it!
The gel polish idk about
April from Orange park fl
So I love the uv light it's really strong works well with other gel polish too but the gel polish they give isn't much it cheats right away and I've tried it three times now to get it to work but I only bought this for the uv light anyways that's why it got three stars
would never buy again
jonnyd from mesa, az
I followed the directions and it never dried with the red light, and then i couldn't get it off
Very rubbery smell
Connerab from Virginia
It smells like fresh rubber in a way, but once that leaves you are left with the most amazing salon quality manicure EVER!!! I have bitten my nails my whole life so I'm hoping this will help me break that habit.
1.) buff edge and surface of nail and brush away any powder
2.) wipe ALL color off of the brush after shaking bottle.
3.) apply VERY thin coat and put under light for one rotation(30secs and auto shut off).
EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY!!!!!!!!
FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS, PEOPLE!
AllieCat from San Jose, CA
Please read all the good reviews before the bad. Most of those people had no idea what they were buying or how to use it. I will say the polish this comes with is not the best. It is gloppy and stinky (as gel polishes are). This comes with a larger bottle of polish than the Maxi lamp and it was thinner and easier to work with. But the lamp is great! And that's what I'm reviewing. It's perfect for a touchup or traveling. The two pieces are magnetic, so it's easy to flip it around to do your toes. I am too impatient to do one nail at a time so I got the Maxi, but loved it so much I bought the mini too. I love that it is more enclosed than other lights so you don't have to worry about damaging your eyes. It doesn't get overly hot. Just follow the directions (be sure to seal in the front tip too) and it will go great. Plus cute colors!! I really love this little thing.
Great gel polish
Spicysweet84 from Indiana
I really like it. Will buy more in different colors
Polish is the problem: It peels off
Sandra from Orange County
The polish is the problem: it peeled off in one fell swoop. I'm going to give the polish another try by buffing/filing my nails down so that the gel will hold to the nail. If not, even though it's super cute, I'll have to return if the polish doesn't just peel off on the first wear.
Works perfectly if you follow directions
Megan from Austin, TX
This kit is amazing. I was a little hesitant given some of the negative reviews, but if you follow the directions, it absolutely turns out like a salon manicure. I've used it a few times now, and each time it has lasted at least a week, if not longer.
Easy and adorable 💖
Jennifer from 200 Woodbine St, NY, 11221
I bought my first gel kit in Cherry Red a few weeks ago after going back and forth to their instagram page and saving a couple of Items. I was skeptical at first and even had some issues with the painting process but I connected with Le Mini Macaron over Instagram and got help rather quickly with full tips and video tutorials sent to my email. They were super helpful and I realised I was not topping off the tip of the nail edge for the color to last longer. I really love the small lamp that fits just about anywhere (I travel often for work and I take it with me to re-do any nail that needs tending to) and many don't realise that the lamp can be flipped to do your toes (mindblown!) The kit is so cute and literally comes with everything you need to do your manicure. Overall, my experience has been positive and I will be buying more colors from them!
Long lasting quick manicure
Cindy from Scegli
To be honest, it took a couple of tries for me to really get the hang of painting with these gel polishes, but after I saw on their YouTube tutorial how thin the first layer has to be, I can definitely say that my manicures are now lasting much longer! The final effect is really shiny, just like the salon. Overall I am so happy I tried it a few times. I can finally give myself a gorgeous and fast gel mani at home!
Great gel polish kit
Lia12 from New Brunswick, NJ
This is the first gel polish kit I've bought and it's wonderful. It takes me about 30-45 minutes to do my nails with this and no dry time! The color is shiny without a top coat. My first application lasted a full 7 days for the first chip to occur. The 2nd application, I didn't seal the polish and it chipped within 3 days. VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SEAL THE POLISH! It's a little harder to do with shorter nails but you need to do that to make the polish last. The polish smells awful - like burning rubber, but it's almost worth it since it's really a 1 step application - no multiple polishes or extra liquids to take sticky residue off.