With 14 years of experience as a nail care and beauty specialist, Subie Chan has seen most trends come and go. But she sees a bright future for Korean nail polish brand GellyFit, which she recently introduced to Hong Kong.
Chan says she previously favoured products from Europe and the US because of their superior quality, but that they lack the variety of colours and styles and are not as edgy as those from Japan and Korea. She sees GellyFit as offering the best of both worlds - they are made with premium ingredients for a long-lasting finish, and also come in chic hues.
Her Channel N salon may be located in an old commercial building, but it has a neat and comfortable interior. A space near the entrance displays the full range of colours and a catalogue of patterns available from GellyFit, alongside nail stickers and accessories from a host of other brands.
The service is friendly and the beauticians are eager to offer suggestions and accommodate customer requests. I sampled their latest collection, which is a limited edition featuring six playful gel polishes that change colour according to your body temperature.
The way the beautician removes cuticles, preps and shapes your nails is skilled and efficient. And instead of using a UV lamp, they employ a LED lamp which just takes just 30 seconds - instead of two minutes - to finish setting a coat of gel nail polish.
My only complaint is that although I only opted for a simple look (just two coats of polish and some additional patterns on one nail, as my nails were quite short) the result could be more refined and there were a few jagged edges. The product itself is good, however; the colour is vivid yet still offers a thin, smooth and lasting finish.
And for those who find removing gel nails a pain, the good news is that GellyFit products can be removed easily at home with a soak off solution.
GellyFit gel nail manicure takes up to 90 minutes, depending on the number of finishes, and costs HK$600 (HK$398 for first-timers). Available at Channel N salon (7/F Heung Lam Building, 23 Connaught Road Central). Inquiries: 2588 1799