30 Aug 2017


It was a cold windy day and my nails were in need of some TLC. I remember scrolling pass posts on Instagram of hydrated hands and well groomed nails. The tags were always the same, @Sorbetlalucia. It was already Wednesday and I knew that I was running out of time to get my nails in shape for the meeting on Saturday. I decided to phone Sorbet to make an appointment for a Pro Gel Manicure, and this was the outcome…
I was perusing their online brochure on the Sorbet site when I came across the Sorbet Pro Gel Manicure. I immediately phoned to make a booking as I was in need of a manicure. The staff was very welcoming when I phoned to make my booking and I was eagerly awaiting my mini pamper session. 

When I arrived at Sorbet at their La Lucia branch I was greeted by a very cheerful Nicolette who was the nail technician that was going to give me my manicure. She directed me to the Sorbet Pro Gel stand which had the various shades to pick from. As per usual I was tempted to pick a nude shade as I feel it compliments my complexion the best. I picked a shade that had a tinge of pink to add a feminine touch, since I generally wear black or grey clothes almost every day. 

Once I picked my shade, it was time for my mini manicure. If you have a look at the brochure inserted below you would notice that there are three different types of manicures if you opt for the nail polish manicure. The first option is the Quickie which includes a file, buff, and paint. This is the cheapest option from the range. The second is the, Mini-me. This is for girls who what a manicure in a hurry, it is more expensive than the first and ranges between R185.00 - R220.00. The third is the Power manicure. This includes the full pamper session such as exfoliation and a massage, and ranges between R180.00  – R285.00. These manicures vary in price depending on the nail polish that you pick. I decided to pick the Pro Gel Quickie Manicure as it was already 17h00 and I was in a hurry to get home.

Once I picked my shade I took a seat at Nicolette’s station and she proceeded to file my nails to the shape that I requested. Once she filed my nails, she buffed them and then applied two layers of the Sorbet Pro Gel nail polish. The Pro Gel nail polish is a thicker formula than your average nail polish. The nail polish had a beautiful shine to give the illusion of gel polish or gelish. Once she applied the second layer, she proceeded to seal in the colour with a Pro Gel top coat. This was a thick glossy clear nail polish to help prevent chipping. The Sorbet Pro Gel gives the illusion of gel polish but dries by exposure to the air. There are no lamps involved. Once Nicolette massaged some cuticle oil around my nails my Quickie Sorbet Pro Gel manicure was done. 

Due to the fact that there are no lamps, the Pro Gel takes a few minutes to try. It is definitely not advisable to wake up immediately to leave. If you do this manicure then I suggest having someone with you so you don’t have to use your hands, alternatively wait a few minutes for your nails to dry before you leave. 

This is essentially fancy nail polish that is applied onto your nails. I paid R115.00 for my manicure which was a quick-fix to get my nails prepped for my event on Saturday. The Sorbet Pro Gel can be removed with ordinary nail polish remover and there is no soak-off or acetone involved. 

It has now been a week since I applied the manicure and I must say that it did survive some tough times. In the course of this week I had to attend to my daily house chores, removal of industrial staples and a lot of typing noticed some chipping on my nails this morning and some fine cracks on my nails. R115.00 is a bit pricey for a manicure that lasts a week but bear in mind that not everyone enters the battle field against industrial staples on a daily basis. The cover picture of this post is how my nails look today, which is exactly a week since I applied it. 

If you are looking for a quick way to get your nails looking presentable then have a look at Sorbet’s manicure options if you prefer polish over acrylic or gel. I was really impressed with their welcoming nature, friendly staff, and professional work ethic, however, I personally need a treatment that lasts longer and is harder to remove. If any of you have tried any nail treatments before or recommend any nail technician/nail bar then please leave a comment below. xx  


  1. I've never had manicure done before! Definitely plan on going soon I am in need of some nail tlc too

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    1. It's a quick pamper session but I would recommend a gelish or gel treatment for a longer lasting treatment.

  2. I loved seeing your experience with the pro gel manicure <3 and the color you choose suited you so well.
    I've been doing my nails monthly at sorbet for the pass two years...they service is always amazing :)

  3. I love the options you get at Sorbet, but I just can't do nail polish - within 2 days mine have always chipped so badly, regardless of the formula! I stick to gel polish now and have one person I go to for it, so I'm happy!

    1. That is what I noticed after doing this treatment. I definitely loved the service and the nail technician I was assigned so I look forward to trying out different treatments with her.

  4. I need to check Sorbet out, sounds great!
    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris


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  9. I honestly still haven't tried gel manicure. But it sounds really nice.

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  10. I never had gel or acrylic, but I rarely go for a manicure anyway. I usually do my nails at home myself. They never last that long though.

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