Lifting, Peeling, Chipping... what to do!

At Esmio, we proudly deliver chip-free, one-step gel polish, providing a salon-quality finish that lasts. While our product is designed for all nail types, factors like oiliness, dryness, and weakness vary among individuals. In this article, we'll uncover the primary causes of lifting and chipping and provide a detailed troubleshooting guide. We also recommend reading our How To Get A Longer Lasting Manicure for Thin, Strong, Oily, or Dry Nails blog.  



If you notice your gel polish lifting, revealing air gaps underneath the nail or peeling off, consider the below reasons:

1- Gel XL: Make sure you are applying Optional Base Coat underneath (or 1 coat of your One Step Gel colour) and ensure you are applying 1-2 THIN coats.  

2- Oily nails: Your nails are oily and you have not dried them out enough. Ensure you are buffing enough, applying Dehydrator and/or Strong Hold Bond

3- Too thick: You are applying the gel too thick causing air bubbles to get trapped under the gel which causes it to lift (especially with Gel XL).



If you notice your gel is chipping it is likely due to one of the following reasons:

1- Oily nails: You nails are oily and the gel is not able to adhere properly. Ensure you are evenly buffing your nails and try applying a Dehydrator and/or Strong Hold bond.

2- Weak nails: Gel will chip easier on weaker nails. We recommend using cuticle oil daily to strengthen your nails and/or using Builder Gel XL to create a stronger nail foundation. 

3- Uneven coats: Ensure all coats are even and uniform and that no areas are thicker than others. 

4- Capping the free edge: If chipping is happening at the top of the nail, ensure you are capping the free edge.

5- Too thick: If you are applying the gel too thick the coats may not have cured fully causing them to chip.


If you're still facing difficulties with your One Step Gel polish's longevity despite trying these troubleshooting methods, please don't hesitate to contact us at We're here to help you get the best out of your Esmio product and achieve beautiful, long-lasting nails 💗