words_dena rochelle Due to the cost and the ongoing debate about whether or not gel manicures are safe/healthy, I rarely get them. The only times I do are when I'm going on vacation or traveling for work, because I need to know that my manicure will last beyond the typical four to five days of a regular mani. Butter London is one of my go-to brands for color and I was thrilled to sample and review their patent-gel flawless basecoat and topcoat. Turns out, this innovative duo gives that patent-leather shine of gel nails without the harsh chemicals and UV lamps. Win win. They day they arrived on my doorstep, I thew them into my bag with Butter London Marrow nail lacquer and headed straight to the nail salon. I wanted to have a professional application the first time I used them. My mani lasted a full week, with no chipping, and had just started to show signs of wear at the tips of my nails on day 7. I also used it on my pedicure this week and expect that will be long lasting as well. I'm hooked! Get the Butter LONDON 'Patent-Gel Top & Tails' Set at Nordstrom.com and Beauty.com.