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LeChat Lavender Blooms; Mood Color Changing Gel Polish

I was inspired by Michelle at Manic Talons to purchase and try one of the LeChat Mood polishes. This line has several different color combinations available, and I fell in love with this polish called Lavender Blooms that shifts from white to purple based on the temperature. It’s a pink-ish white when warm, purple when cold, and sometimes you can see the transition in between. I decided to stamp a floral pattern over top of the color changing polish using my DRK-A plate and Konad white polish. I love how this looks when warm or in transition.

This was my first time using a LeChat polish and I am very impressed.  It had great coverage with just two coats. I love the different color variations, and like that you don’t have to apply it over a base color like Orly Shadeshifter.  You can see some of the other LeChat color options here.

LeChat Mood Color Changing Gel Polish - Lavender Blooms

Also, if you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen that I sculpted my first nail using Gelish clear builder gel and a nail form.  My thumbnail cracked so I repaired and lengthened it.  This video on YouTube provides great instructions on how to do this.  Below is a picture of the nail that I sculpted.  Unfortunately I have already since chipped the corner of the nail.  I had a feeling that I applied the gel too thin and I guess I was right.  I’m going to keep working at this until I master it though and I’ll share my findings with you.  I also applied the builder gel on my other nails as an overlay to give them added strength and protection from all of the polish changing that I do.  This gel does NOT soak off – it’s a hard gel that has to be filed off.  It actually files down and shapes very easily with a 180 grit file.

Sculpted nail with LeChat Mood polish



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35 Responses

  1. Michelle says:

    I am interested in using the hard gel as added strength, what steps did you follow?

    • Andrea says:

      I applied a thin coat of Pro Bond to my nails and then a coat of the hard gel. I applied it just like the Structure Gel. http://www.chickettes.com/how-to-apply-harmony-gelish-structure/

      • Michelle says:

        I have the pro bond, did you apply foundation first like with structure or like you instructed above, probond and then hard gel? Sorry I got confused! Also, I know it doesn’t soak off so what do you do when you want to change polish? Thank you for your help!

        • Andrea says:

          I didn’t apply the foundation, but I’ve been told that if you use Gelish foundation under the hard gel you can soak it off. I don’t want mine to soak off. I’m hoping it will stay on my nails to act as a protective barrier over my nails since I change my colors so frequently. I haven’t tried soaking off yet, so we’ll see how it goes :)

          • Andrea says:

            Oh, also, if you use Foundation gel and want it to be able to soak off, don’t use Pro Bond – use PH bond instead. If you want the hard gel to be more permanent as I do, use just the Pro Bond and hard gel.

          • Michelle says:

            Oops, replied to the wrong comment below! So when your nails grow out are you going to soak off the hard gel or try to do a fill? Thanks for your help, please keep us updated on how this wears, works, removes!

          • Andrea says:

            I’m not sure yet. If I like how it’s working I’ll probably do a fill. I’m worried that the SOG removal process may take a little longer than normal with it on, but the benefit is that it’s protecting my natural nails. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes :)

  2. beachgal says:

    just lovely! – nice to see a product that really does what it says it’s going to do – most are half baked!

  3. This is the only mood changing polish that I like even though I’m not a fan of the concept……probably because I’m alway cold so the colour would never change on me! :)

    • Andrea says:

      I’m usually cold too, but it’s been unseasonably warm the last few days and so my nails have been almost completely white the whole time. :) Today I’m in air conditioning and they have changed colors several times throughout the day. Color changing polishes are fun!

    • Michelle says:

      Unlike the first release of LeChat mood gels, this most recent release seems to really shift. I have three of them so far, and I had a very hard time keeping them in constant phases to get pictures. Given, I keep my home a bit cooler than average. :)

  4. Michelle says:

    I was wondering why my blog views spiked today! lol Thanks for the tag. :)

  5. Karen says:

    I love this, the colour is so pretty. Did you use gelish foundation and top it off?

  6. Sarah says:

    How do you change your polish so regularly if you use gel? And how do you do your swatches?

  7. Melissa says:

    I absolutely love this gel polish, so much fun! It goes on really smooth and great coverage. I bought two colors and after using one of them, “Twilight Skies”, I bought two more.

  8. Angela says:

    Did you use your Gelish LED Lamp for this? If so, how many seconds did it take to cure each coat? I e-mailed LeChat and they couldn’t answer my question regarding the Gelish LED lamp because they wanted me to buy their LED lamp, but I looked and it has poor reviews and definitely do not want to purchase it.

  9. Saskia says:

    I wish you could swatch more of the mood colours. I have about half of them but am hesitant to buy some others because I’m not sure it will look good on me. I also use my Gelish essentials to apply it. I find it works well. The only difference is that the LeChat colours are a little more difficult to remove. I do find they last better though because they’re harder.

  10. Emma says:

    Just wondering, do you have to use brand identical base and topcoat with SOG polishes?
    I’ve just invested in a 12 watt LED lamp and the gelish mini starter kit, but the polishes are pretty pricey after that initial investment and I was wondering if I can try other gel polishes besides gelish, but still using the gelish under coat and top coat.
    Admittedly, the main reason I’m using gel is so I can do gel wraps to help me keep my length, then I can use my lovely indie polishes on top that and just remove it with a non acetone remover as I love to change colours a lot.
    But, I also wouldn’t mind trying out the gel colours too as I’ve heard they’re really good for nail art etc.
    I’m sorry, I have so many questions, lol.

  11. Kayleigh says:

    hi Andrea, i was wondering if you had swatched the new gelish colours yet?

  12. Kate says:

    Where do you purchase a DRK-A stamping plate? I love this design and am trying to get brave enough to try stamping!

  13. Toi says:

    I used the Perfect Match Mood Gel Polish but after applying the base, Polish & top coat I used alcohol to wipe away the tacky top coat. It didn’t leave me with a smooth finish & was rather tacky, could it have been the alcohol?

  14. Bobbie says:

    Can I apply lechat perfect match mood color changing gel polish to my natural nails, and use the Led lamp on them?

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