Rated 3.95 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 91 customers Love it!!!!
Lisa from NJ
Easy to apply! Two layers will be enough, no need to do base and top coats! The color is gorgeous!!! I am definitely getting more!
Super cute kit
Mikakakaka from NJ
Super cute little cure light, you can paint other nails while curing one.
Haven't tried it yet, but looking forward!!!
Chipped within a day
disappointed from Tennessee
Followed the instructions and had chipping on almost every nail within a day. Retried it and the same thing. Sadly I had such high hopes that I got rid of the packaging and can't return it. Biggest waste of money if you use your hands in any type of manual work.
nz from nyc
as long as you follow the instructions you will get a great manicure. Mine last a little over a week. I personally hate sitting at the nail salon for over a hour so I'd rather be doing this once a week and saving my money.
Nicki from USA
I loved the portability of this, the instructions were clear and it was pretty quick considering you have to dry one nail at a time. The polish has a very strong smell to it like other reviews have mentioned, it's very chemical and also fragranced to smell like candy or something, didn't bother me though. I followed the instructions carefully, the same day is started to lift off the edges, not slightly but a lot on every single nail. I retried it the next day, same thing happened. Returned it
Great product. Will be ordering additional polish colors!
Vero from Whitter, CA
My daughter was gifted this but had not used. I gave it a try when I removed my acrylic nails. I enjoyed a little me time while doing it. It does take some patience. The polish layers can't be too thick otherwise it won't cure well. I think it's a great product. Not sure why there are reviews about bad smelling polish. It smells like regular nail polish. I will be buying several of these to give away as gifts. Great product!
Not worth the hype or money
Sali from Phoenix, AZ
This product is not worth purchasing. Upon receiving, the product has a cute packaging and the instructions are very easy to follow. However, when I went to use it, that was a different story. The polish itself has a very strong odor. I applied the polish onto clean buffed nails and it didn't stay on evenly, it immediately starts to unevenly spread, if that makes sense. Once I cured it for 60 seconds, not 30 like the instructions say, the second coat was easier to apply, but you have to be very careful or it'll get clumpy right away. It took me about 30 minutes to do the manicure, and even after doing all that the nail polish still smudged. The curing light is too small, doing 1 finger at a time is very time consuming. Save your money and just get a real gel manicure.
I'm a newbie, and LOVED IT!
One Clever Girl from The Garden State, NJ
I actually don't normally polish my nails much anymore, because quite honestly, I suck at it! Patience is not my strong point, and I usually end up with knicks, or bumps, or smears. I bought this on a whim, as I have really wanted to try the whole gel thing, and just couldn't resist the adorable little lamp, and STOKED that it came in BLACK!!! Well, I am SUPER jazzed about my purchase, and I'm actually back to get MORE! Think I may have to get a few, as I think these would be awesome gifts!
Great for quick manicure on the go!!
Sloan from Sarasota, Florida
I've used a handful of colors and while they're all beautiful some peel off easier than other. I think a three step system works better for me. This is great for a need a quick manicure fully, without smudges in 10 minutes. Which is usually less than your regular polish. Great price.
Don't fall for it.
Sara from Los Angeles
Such a waste of money. Does not effectively cure nail polish, so flimsy and useless. The nail polish is like tar, smells terrible and globs.
Trish725 from San Diego
Really handy gel kit, my granddaughter and I had a lot of fun using this kit. Bought it for traveling.
I like it
Lauren G from SCS
I have the cherry one.I used this today and I'm gonna be completely honest. This is a long process and it's frustrating. When I put a coat on the polish would like run off the ends of my nails (white part) Before I even got to the dryer. It took awhile to get my whole mail coated. I like the color and this would make a great gift for someone who likes doing their nails. I do feel like it's a bit over priced tho.
Easy to use and nice result!
KarinaA from Illinois
I purchased this off another website(DollsKill) but wanted to give this product a review. This is my first experience using gel polish but was very happy with the results. First off the packaging is adorable and nicely compact including everything you need.
I was impressed with how the polish dries instantly after curing under the lamp for 30 seconds and that it took only about 10-12 minutes to do my nails and get on with my day. The final result is a beautiful smooth and glossy finish.
My only complaint is that the polish brush is a bit wide for my liking and made it difficult to get polish near the sides of the nail.
Lynda from MN
The first thing is the smell, opened the bottle and gagged. The actual polish applied well, self leveling. I needed to cure twice to get the final coat to harden. I tried removing with pure acetone after I scuffed the polish up. I left the acetone one for 15 minutes about 60% of the polish removed then needed to do again for 10 minutes. Then it all came off, had staining around the perimeter of the nail.
I LOVE THE KIT but wasn't thrilled with Ulta quality
Esha from New Jersey
Love this kit but I'd buy the kit and additional nail polishes from the le mini site!! Super cute kit of course and the nail polish properly cures in 30 seconds (thin coats!!). I bought the dark red one and I noticed it chipped a lot at the top of the nail. I was willing to deal because doing small touch ups was super easy and I didn't have to sit around waiting for my nails to dry. I bought more colors from the actual le mini website as they have a ton more colors. I noticed the nail polish I got from le mini site did not chip at all and actually lasted me close to two weeks. I'd buy the kit from le mini honestly I don't think it's a coincidence the two nail polishes I got from there lasted for close to two weeks with no chips.
I love it
Lana from Wisconsin
I also read reviews just like maybe you are right now, and I saw a lot of good ones, but some negative. And I worried about it, like what if that happens to me? So, I bought it, trying it to see for myself, like someone else said in the reviews, follow directions. And even if it's not the best to you, hey it's way better and smoother than some regalia plain nail polish. Love it, easy.
Worth the wait
Gigi from Florida
I was not crazy about the price or the fact that I had to wait so long for the product to be available again but once I got it, I have really enjoyed it and if you compare the price to other UV kits it's not that bad. The red is a true red and the polish is hard to remove with regular acetone.
Longest and best gel polish ever
Lisa H from Columbus, OH
Quick application, beautiful colors and long lasting
reviewer.. from california
I absolutely love this, you can get a full mani under 35!
Good for 3 days
Magan from SC
This mini kit is easy to use. But the gel doesn't stay like regular gel. I even tried to use the IV light for a different gel polish brand, and it doesn't cure. So I'm assuming this light isn't truly a UV lamp. It does look nice, but peels off really easily
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.
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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!