The patterns and that's what I have to call them because there were no solid colors were horribly cliche. They pop off and it's hard to find the right size for my thumbnails. I wouldn't by I would prefer to just go to the salon and know that it will last.
I found that this gel works best for styling or curl definition. When applied to edges it controlled them but it didn't allow for molding. Maybe I should have added more but I don't like a sticky hold. Hope this is helpful. Oh and also no flakes!