Last Updated: 9 Apr 2014
I only came to this nail salon because my Mum purchased a manicure package - something like buy $500 worth and get $650 worth of services. And since it was the festive year-end, I thought I'd give it a try anyway - big mistake.
I went in having this specific design in my head, which I saw on an issue of her world a while back, and have been wanting to try ever since. So when I happily went to the salon, (finally!), I was a bit wary when the nail technician said she wasn't sure how to replicate the design, although she guessed it was probably done using a sponge. I told her to go ahead, or at least try to do something very close to the design.
Here's what it ended up looking like (see pictures). I was horrified - I looked like I had blue ink splotches on my fingers, and that primary blue color was far from the dark color I had wanted. You'd probably ask, didn't the technician check with you if the color was okay? The first time, the base color she applied looked quite different from what was on the swatch, and when I told her, she insisted it was the exact same color I picked and offered to let me choose another color. The other color was also pretty far from the color I wanted, but I felt bad for asking her to find another color again, plus since it was the same color as the swatch, maybe it just looked different when freshly applied. So I let her continue with the first color, saying that I wanted it to be similar to the picture in the magazine. And when she applied the blue splotches, I was hoping that somehow the color would turn darker, I figured the nail technician would know best about how colors would turn out. The colors never changed.
Upon leaving the salon an hour and a half later (although I was told it would take an hour the day before), and hearing the nail technician comment on my nails being unique, I could only give a meek smile, and cringe at the total damage of $151 ($68 for gel manicure + $25 for gel nail art + $58 for gel pedicure)
It's not impossible to recreate this nail art design by the way, later that day I frantically went to La Face nails in Hong Lim Complex (near my office, I've never been before but I just wanted any help that could possibly fix my nails) and they did a better job. Sadly that cost another $60 to fix.
I'm not one who goes for regular mani/pedis, so it's going to be a while till I go back to any nail salon.
Pros: It was pretty easy to get an appointment here, I called just the day before for an 11am appointment. The ambience is pretty comfy and the location is convenient, its in a quiet corner of Westgate shopping mall and you don't have to walk far from the MRT entrance.
The footscrub was not bad though.
Would I go again? Nope, that one experience brought me to much distress #firstworldproblems Would I recommend this place to others? If they're looking for normal manicured nails and they're okay with the price, sure.