Not going to lie, this was my first "gel technology" polish set ever. It was interesting to try out. I usually do my own manicures at home so I'm used to putting like 4 layers of polish on my nails (base coat, 2 layers of color, top coat). This was fast and easy. I got a blue color and its lovely. It does have a high gloss effect hence the high shine. So far, I haven't had any issues and I did my nails 3 days ago. They lasted when I washed my hair twice and I have a crap load of hair. So far, I'm happy.