I had tried every thing on earth looking for a manicure that lasted more than 4 days, but hadn't found it. Then I got a gel manicure at a salon and it lasted almost 2 weeks. So I'm thinking obviously gel is the way to go for me. Then I saw this DIY set on Birchbox and decided to try it myself. It is great! My daughter comes over every couple of weeks for "nail time" with me and there is enough of all the products for both of us. They make it really easy to get set up for doing the manicure and taking it off too. It's time consuming, but lasts so long that I find I get tired of the color before I get my first chip. AND bonus - my nails don't break. I even went camping and came home with dirt under my nails, but no chips or breaks!
In addition I love the Lomasi products because they are free from formadehyde and toluene and Made In the USA! The only downside is Birchbox needs to carry more of the colors!