Ageha Gel (… vs Kokoist, Leafgel, & Vetro)

Ageha Gel. A soak-off gel crafted by an outstanding Japanese Gel Nail artist, and I mean ARTIST. The creation of this gel was fully created with intent and the Japanese Gel Nail Artist at heart.

While I don’t know Ageha personally I did have the lovely opportunity to take a class with her here in the states over 5 years ago. Since then I’ve followed her work on Instagram and attentively have watched the development of her product line.

In today’s video we’ll be analyzing Ageha gel for you and how it compares to 3 of my other favorites… Kokoist, Leafgel, and Vetro.

I’ve been using Japanese Gel for over 5 years now and it has literally helped me with all of my nail tech issues. So much so, I ditched just about every product I owned after being able to figure it all out with just Japanese Gel, and I’m going to show you how you can do the same!

And before we dive in, I want to make a super special announcement of something new I’ll be starting out in this channel.

So greetings and welcome back! If you are new here, I am Paola and I help nail stylists become thriving entrepreneurs by mastering monthly wearing gel nail services using Japanese Gel only. If this sounds like a niche you’d like to continue exploring, then at the end of this video do consider subscribing.

Now a full disclosure of my use of Ageha gel. My tried and true use of it is actually close to ZERO. So I cannot definitively give you problem solving feedback on it. So for example like OOh! Make sure you use Ageha’s Cushion base instead of Base Gel More for XYZ type clients. That type of feedback comes solely from repetitive use on clients. Which I have not done, since I actually just recently bought my Ageha Gel.

So then how the heck are you going to tell me about how this wears Paola… 

So here’s what you must know about Japanese Gel Nail Systems… they all compete with one another. Highly competitive they are. And for this reason each brand tries to create a better version of one brand’s gel type.

Just to over simplify this…For example. Obviously any gel brand needs a base coat. Ok, but what kind… What base coat does universally well among most client nail types? The answer is… A flexible rubbery type base coat. Now Japanese gel companies don’t have to reinvent the wheel here. They’ve found success with Bio Sculpture and  Calgel’s Base gel, and so they are going to try and create the best versions of Bio Sculpture and Calgel gel base. (Totally my opinion, as obviously no company will confirm this theory :D)

And this way of thinking is true for the rest of their base gels and top gels. Each one of these top brands is essentially going to hire their own chemist to develop, or reverse engineer-kind-of-thing, the best version of a product doing incredibly well in the nail industry, and I think this is truly one of the characteristics setting Japanese gel apart. That extremely competitive edge, and relentless pursuit of making their line the best.

Ok, enough raving.

So at the end of this video you’ll be able to make some super informative buying decisions with your clients nails in mind.

So to just keep things in order I’m actually going to use this comparison chart I created.

Typically in a Japanese Gel Line there is a watery thin base. It is usually meant for easy soak-off because no sanding prep is needed on the natural nail. This base is very thin so no self-leveling or apex can be formed. But the adhesion component is super strong! It’s watery consistency allows it to go into all of the nail plate grooves especially when there is damage from pulling gels from off the nail plate.

At first I had bought Ageha Cushion Base, thinking this was their version, but just by the consistency it did not fit the criteria, at least not the bottle version. And so we’ll hold off talking about it until later in this video.

Leafgel & Vetro both carry this type of base gel.

Leafgel’s is called Sanding-Free Base and Vetro’s is called Max Base. Vetro even created its own brush for application Max Base, because of its thin watery consistency. And it is a really cool brush that does not expand when you grab this thin watery base.

I would say Leafgel’s is about the same consistency.

While these bases are great to protect nails from scraping gel off of them during a soak off gel removal, as their thin consistency allows them to soak off seamlessly, 2 coats are required to minimize gel chipping or lifting.

I myself use this base as an adhesion layer to seal in embellishments to the nail. And I teach you exactly how in my online program check out the Free masterclass in the description box below where I tell you more about it.

Next up is Ageha Base Gel More. My sources tell me that this base has the look and feel of Calgel base… Flexible, super smooth self-leveling, and almost a rubbery feel to it.

So I compared this to Kokoist’s Mega Stick Base, Leafgel’s Extreme Clear +, and Vetro’s Fuji, to see which one felt more flexible, more rigid, and just thicker.

Here’s my analysis,

Base Gel More applied more velvety smooth, and its viscosity was in between Leafgel and Vetro.

Kokoist’s Mega Stick Base was the most viscous and had a more sticky feel to it.

Leafgel’s Extreme Clear Plus was the thinnest of them all, and as a result the most flexible.

Vetro’s Fuji was also slightly runny, not as much as Leafgel’s. This one had that sticky feel like the Kokoist one.

Ok, now let’s analyze Ageha’s Cushion Base. The purpose of this base gel is to be able to remove quickly with a soak off. Now again, I was tempted to lump it with the Sanding-Free Bases from Leafgel & Vetro, but the consistency did not match. Ageha Cushion Base is much thicker than a runny thin watery viscosity. Now that is, the bottle version, I was told that the potted version is slightly thinner… How much? I am not exactly sure as I do not own it.

Now the consistency of Cushion Base along with it’s goal of easy soak off is the equivalent of Quick-Off Base from Leafgel.

Do note that if you are a manicurist that does not soak-off gels, these quick-off bases including the watery ones we talked about before, you must be very light with your efile to remove down to the base.

Even though their viscosities are almost identical… After curing, Cushion Base was definitely more rigid than Quick-Off.

Quick-off literally almost cures as a vynil. SO imagine using a protective vinyl layer on your natural nail to protect it from any damage. This cure was super cool and impressive to me.

Moving on to potted Ageha Top gel. Just about every Japanese Gel Line offers one, the only one that doesn’t at least here in the US, is Kokoist. But frankly that’s ok, because potted top gel usually has a little thicker viscosity, and Ultra Glossy Top Gel indeed has a little viscosity to it.

I like to use a potted top gel on my one color gel services. It will allow me to self-level any tiny imperfections while adding strength to my application. If I’m running a little behind with clients however, I will opt-in for my bottled top gel instead. Potted top gel usually requires wiping after curing, however, one very unique gel Ageha offers is a non-wipe POTTED top gel… oooh, I know!

Next Up is Ageha’s wipe-required matte top gel. It is currently only offered in bottle form and the only other company that offers a matte top gel in bottle form that requires wiping is Vetro. Of course, of the Japanese Gel lines I work with, and are discussing in this video.

I’ll show you how the ones I have cure.

Last common gel we’re going to talk about is Bottled top gel that requires wiping. Typically wipe-requiring bottled top gels from Japanese are my favorite finishing-viscosity. Not too thick, not too thin, just enough to fill in any imperfections and self-level very smoothly. 

Ok, the last 2 Ageha Gels I bought where Gradation & Charme On Gel.

Let’s start with Gradation Gel.

Out of Kokoist, Leafgel and Vetro, Kokoist is the only one that offers something similar to it. It is called Art Clear Zero and it is great for marbling, gradation, and creating color mixes. 

I created a rough gradient effect using both and for me Kokoist’s seem to fade a little easier. However, gradation effect requires a very soft touch, so I am sure Ageha will cure just as fine, with a little more TLC.

I then created a marbling effect where surprisingly again to me, the Ageha gel kept more of the pattern for me.

Last but no least Ageha Charme On Gel. Since it is for charms, I wanted to compare it with the hard texture affixing gel from Leafgel. Since both of these gels are non-wipe you simply, pop your 3 D embellishments into the gel and into the lamp for a full and thorough cure and you are done no need to finish with top-coat. Out of the 2 I really like the firmness of Leafgel, but it seems like the Ageha one will also get the job done, it is just slightly less viscous.

Well, that is all of the Ageha gel I have… for now. I’ve compared more of my favorite clear gels in the chart I mentioned earlier, and because sharing is caring I went ahead and dropped a link for you to download and learn some more.

Thank you for reading and I hope you learned a ton, I’ll see you here next week! Bye.

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