Builder in a Bottle - My new favourite nail product! - The Beauty Establishment (2023)

On Monday I posted a video all about my new favourite nail product – Builder in a Bottle (aka B.I.A.B).

Many of you have already tried it and your nails are saying it all. There longer and stronger! So what is Builder in a Bottle? How does it work and who is it for? Also scroll down to view some before and after pics!

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What is it?

Builder in a Bottle is a hard gel and is made to act as a super strong base for nails. Your normal gel colour is a gel polish which is made to last between 2-3 weeks before being redone. The purpose of Builder in a Bottle is to stay on the nails pretty much until it is soaked off, making the natural nails super strong!

Who is Builder in a Bottle for?

*Everyone! The vast majority of us have weak or splitting nails. How annoying is it when you grow your nails to the perfect length and then one of them splits in the side! Well this is what B.I.A.B is perfect for.

*Nail biters. The thicker layer it adds to nails makes them very difficult to be bitten through preventing those nails from being nibbled!

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*If you want to achieve longer length – The added strength allows for nails to grow to the desired length without any breaks or snaps

*Acrylic nail ladies – If you have always had acrylic maybe now is the time to try something more natural. Many of you want to swap over to gel but feel like you will miss the strength that acrylic gives to your nails. With B.I.A.B you can easily swap over. Of course it doesn’t give you immediate longer nails but within a few weeks you will be surprised by how much they grow! In fact some of my acrylic ladies who have had B.I.A.B on for the past 8 weeks have found their natural nails are now the same length as what their acrylic nails were!

How is Builder in a Bottle applied?

B.I.A.B is applied underneath your gel polish. The builder gel is applied first, set and filed. Then your gel colour is applied over the top. You will then return every 3 weeks where the B.I.A.B is infilled and fresh colour applied over the top. Simple!

How do I look after my Builder in a Bottle?

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Aftercare is very similar to your normal gel polish.

*Wear gloves when washing up or cleaning (harsh chemicals can break down the gel)

*Use your nails as jewels not tools! Don’t use them to open things.

How Much is it and how long does it take?

Builder in a Bottle is£27 and takes 45 minutes to apply.

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Is builder in a bottle good for your nails? ›

Builder in a Bottle (BIAB GEL) is the perfect way to strengthen your own natural nails or the perfect alternative to have a break from acrylics.

What is nail builder in a bottle? ›

Builder in a Bottle is a hard gel and is made to act as a super strong base for nails. Your normal gel colour is a gel polish which is made to last between 2-3 weeks before being redone. The purpose of Builder in a Bottle is to stay on the nails pretty much until it is soaked off, making the natural nails super strong!

Is builder gel worth it? ›

For more natural looking nails, builder gel is often preferred over acrylic as it can be applied quickly with a high-shine finish. Gel is also great for helping clients with easily broken nails maintain their natural nail length. Many clients also believe that gel nails will damage their nails less than acrylic nails.

Can builder gel damage your nails? ›

Is builder gel bad for nails? The short answer is NO.

Is builder gel less damaging than acrylic? ›

"Gel tends to be softer and more flexible than acrylic, and [gel extensions] tend to be not as damaging.

How long does builder in a Bottle take to cure? ›

Cure for a full 30 seconds.

How long does builder in a bottle last on nails? ›

Unlike shellac and acrylics, BIAB nails can last for three weeks or more means you'll be getting your nails done less (meaning less money and less trauma to your nails). And if you opt for an infill treatment, your BIAB manicure can even last for months, provided you practice proper nail care.

Is builder gel better than dip? ›

Dip powders generally need to be redone in two to three weeks, while the standard for gel is three to four weeks. Resins in a dip powder may be susceptible to water and household cleaners, while gel is solvent resistant. If your client uses or washes their hands regularly, a gel service might be better for them.

How many layers of builder gel do you do? ›

Now apply 1-2 layers of builder base curing each layer as recommended. Note: If the client has thin nails that bend easily, apply 1 layer of regular gel polish base coat first and cure. You can then top coat the nail and leave the natural Builder Base shade or you can add a gel polish shade on top.

How many coats of builder gel do you apply? ›

Apply the second layer of Builder Gel and cure for 60 seconds. Repeat this up to 4 times to achieve desired length and thickness.

How long does builder gel in a bottle last? ›

One bottle can achieve 25 to 65 sets, depending on nail and extensions length. 100% Gel system; LED and UV curable.

Does builder in a bottle work? ›

Why we recommend BIAB. We always recommend Builder in a Bottle to clients who struggle to grow their nails, whether they bite their nails or have weak nail beds. We've found manicures using BIAB as the base tend to last about a week longer than manicures using our normal gel base coat.

Do you put builder gel on first? ›

To use, apply a thin layer of the Builder Gel over your cured gel nail polish and cure for 60 seconds under a UV or LED lamp.

Is builder gel better than acrylic? ›

Hard or Builder Gels – pros and cons

Their application is easier to master for new nail technicians as there's no messing around with formulas, and as opposed to air-curing acrylics, you can control when they're cured. This is much better when adding nail designs and art, giving time to master designs.

How often should you take a break from builder gel nails? ›

For gel nails, take a break for a week at least once every eight weeks to allow the nails to rehydrate and to allow repair of the underlying structures. “An emollient applied directly to the nail and cuticle oil will also aid recovery,” said Batra.

Why do my builder gel nails fall off? ›

The gel top coat usually peels off if it isn't cured properly or has been applied over a colour gel or acrylic nails that have been wiped down with isopropyl alcohol. Each layer of gel is sticky and bonds to the next one, so if the tacky layer is removed, the next layer of polish will not adhere and will peel off.

Is builder gel better than gel? ›

Some people find that builder gel nails work better than other types of nails because they last longer and are harder to chip. Nail builder gel: Contains a number of ingredients that help to rebuild the nail structure. Often used as a base coat before other polishes are applied.

Why does my builder gel keep lifting? ›

Builder gels are not as flexible as gel polish, so therefore need a layer in-between the natural nail and the gel to cushion the flex and prevent separation. When the builder gel is applied directly to the nail, it can flex more than the natural nail, meaning they don't move together, and this can cause lifting.

How do you remove builder gel? ›

The great news is that builder gel is 100% soak off in pure acetone.
How to remove builder gel at home?
  1. File as much of the nail extension as you can using a low grit nail file like Mitty 100/100 grit nail file. ...
  2. Now we need to soak the nails with pure acetone. ...
  3. Wait 10-15 minutes and remove the Soakies.
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Can you put regular nail polish over builder gel? ›

Yes. Fortunately, there is no real downside to painting on top. The only thing to consider is how it may affect the aesthetics of your nails. With the gel manicure already on the nails, you must be careful not to layer up on polish so much that you end up with really thick nails.

Is builder gel healthier than acrylic? ›

As mentioned above, gel nails are a healthier alternative for the nail than acrylic. They are less likely to cause damage to the natural nail or nail bed. Gel nails also feel more natural and less rigid than acrylic, so if you accidentally hit them against something they are less likely to snap!

Does builder gel help your nails grow? ›

Builder gel is a type of nail polish that helps to strengthen nails enabling them to grow in length and thickness and become more durable. They be applied on your natural nails or extension tips and can last an average of two to three weeks.

Does BIAB damage nails? ›

So, is BIAB polish good for nails? Short answer: Yes. Natural nails can benefit from trying the BIAB technique over other manicures. Plus, the application and removal process is less likely to damage your nails than classic styles like acrylics, gel or dip powder.


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