I am all about Gel nails right now. They last longer than a typical manicure, and they keep natural nails from breaking as they grow out. Sometimes, I get nervous with the quality of product used in the gel products, especially the removal process. You do have to soak your nails in an acetone solution, which seems a little toxic and damaging to the skin. So I did some research to find some of the least damaging, yet still durable, nail products new to the market and found Le Chat Nail Care.

Le Chat has a great nail system called Perfect Match. This soak-off formula comes in heat-activated, color-changing mixtures with pearl or opal sheen, 3-D colors, transparent hues and more. They glide on easy with no streaks or clumping at the edge of the nail. Under the UV light that dries your nails, you can see how the color settles over the nail bed, grabbing on to the edges of your nails.

When it is time to remove the color, you don’t have to use the acetone method. Le Chat makes a Nobility Soak gel cleanser that removes the color quickly without damage to your natural or acrylic nails. Le Chat also offers non-gel nail colors, as well as original nail art and accessories to decorate your nails with a variety of designs like rhinestones, sequins, gemstones and foils.

Currently, there is one salon in the East Los Angeles area (Magical Nails, 1883 Daly St., Los Angeles) that offers Le Chat’s Perfect Match gel system at a price of about $17, but check out the Web site to find an authorized dealer near you. Or if you’re interested in learning how to use the Perfect Mobility system on yourself, Le Chat is holding demos every Sunday at Skyline Beauty Supply (skylinebeautysupply.com) and Monday at Starlight Beauty Supply (starlightnail.com). Both stores are located in Chinatown.

For more information, visit lechatnails.com.