Gelish Once Upon a Dream Fade Report & Comparisons

I’ve received a lot of questions about whether any of the new Once Upon a Dream collection colors are faders and how they compare to existing Gelish shades, and I’m happy to report back to you today after a little testing.  I applied all of the colors to swatch sticks and put them on a window sill for two days so that they would be exposed to natural sunlight (even though it’s been rather overcast here, they are still getting natural light).  After one day, I did a quick test and reported on my FB page that I thought two of the colors were faders.  Below is the picture that I took after applying a dab of fresh polish to the tips of the swatch sticks and curing.

faders1I reported that it appears that All Haile the Queen fades to a lighter shade of pink and is less lilac, and that She’s My Beauty fades to a more brown-ish color though it’s very subtle.  After two days I did another test on all of the swatches.  This time I applied a fresh coat of color in a diagonal across the tips of all of the swatches, cured and then applied a top coat and cured again.  Here is what these two colors looked like after this process… I have to say that I may need to retract my statement about She’s My Beauty because I no longer notice much of a color difference. If there is a difference, it’s VERY VERY subtle… though All Haile the Queen has definitely faded.  This is only a two-day test, so there is a possibility of further fading after wear of one to two weeks.

faders2The other colors all held up well and I didn’t notice any color differences at all.   You can see the line where I applied the fresh coat, but as I move these swatches around in the light there is no color difference, just the texture bump where the new polish is applied.  Again, this is only a two day test, but most gel polishes that fade will show a difference within this timeframe.

non-faders1So onto the next question… how do the new colors compare with existing ones?  I compared Fairest of Them All with Sweet Morning Dew & Tiger Blossom, and it’s right in the middle of the two. It’s a couple shades darker than Sweet Morning Dew and a shade or two lighter than Tiger Blossom and also a little more coral.

All Haile the Queen is seen next to It’s a Lilly, and is visibly much lighter.

And I put She’s My Beauty next to Mauvy Mauve.  These two are actually fairly close, but She’s My Beauty is a little more brown-ish.  Also Mauvy Mauve is one of the colors that’s only available in mini size.  I would have liked to also compare these with Exhale, but I no longer own that color and couldn’t find my swatch of it.

You can click on the image below to enlarge.

comps1Here you can see that I put My One Blue Love next to Up in the Blue.  My One Blue Love is the palest blue currently available in the Gelish line.  Up in the Blue is a known fader and this swatch is old, so this is in it’s faded form.

I compared Kiss Me, I’m a Prince with Seafoam and A Mint of Spring.  It’s the lightest minty green of the bunch, but only by a couple of shades.


A Mint of Spring looks a little more green in the photo above than it actually is, so here is another quick shot of these three.


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17 Responses

  1. Sandy says:

    These posts, and your blog’s Gelish swatches altogether, are such a great reference source on the web. I’m not sure if I’m more tempted by “Fairest of them all”, or “All Haile the Queen”.

    • Andrea says:

      Thank you! I still love All Haile the Queen despite the fading :) Fairest of them all is also a gorgeous shade – perfect for spring!

  2. Vic says:

    You’ve doomed my wallet with your test – I’m going to have to get them now.

  3. Happilyeverlacquer says:

    I have a question. Does it seem like colors fade with all gel brands or just Gelish?

    I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your blog. Thanks for all your effort!

  4. Arlene says:

    I’m so happy to hear that My One Blue Love doesn’t fade. I’ll be adding that one to my collection. Thank you for all your work with this collection.

  5. Kate says:

    This is soooo helpful, thank you!!!!
    Can I ask if Oh What A Knight is comparable to Meet The King at all? Or is it completely different?
    Also, could it be used as a topper or do you think it’s best on its own as a colour?

  6. Anna says:

    This is such a great post! I never use It’s a Lilly anymore because it fades so terribly…but I think some bottles seem to fade worse than other bottles. Have you worked with OPI GelColor much? I don’t seem to notice fading with it as much as Gelish but I also don’t use a lot of OPI’s lighter colors…mostly their dark colors. But really, thanks for the great post! I can tell you really put a lot of time into it and it was very helpful!

  7. Gemma says:

    Andrea you are so helpfull on here ! I want to thankyou first of all , I saw your face report and didn’t realize it was a common thing known about I’ve been pretty angry at gelish
    For this problem have you ever contacted them yourself? I tried on Facebook with a proof picture and they just ignored it !

    • Andrea says:

      I have contacted them in the past but it didn’t get me anywhere. Unless you buy directly from one of their distributors (which I don’t) they won’t replace a product.

  8. Lisa says:

    When making these swatch sticks do you use a base coat? I want to make swatches and not sure if this is necessary since it’s not on actual nail. Please let me know, and thanks for your help.

  9. Christina says:

    I bought all haile the queen as soon as I saw it in Sally. I put it on my toenails, which, because it’s cold out, are in my shoes and socks all the time and not exposed to the light. It has faded to pretty much skin color in about 2 weeks! I was so disappointed because I love love love the shade! It’s now a pale beige. Bummer!

  10. Julie B says:

    I am trying to find a nice shade of lilac/light purple as a base for Feel Me On Your Fingertips and have been scouring your wonderful swatch-filled site =) It looks like All Haile the Queen might be a good base match – what do you think? Is there a different light purple that you would match as a base? LOVE your blog!! =)

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Julie – Gelish doesn’t really have a good lilac in my opinion. They all seem to fade to pink. My latest post shows SensatioNail Heirloom Lilac which would work well with this color.