The system comes with 10 caps and 20 "disposable" foam pads (I found I could use the same foam pads several times so not too disposable after all :) ) They also have a pack of 50 foam refills which is really handy. You can find the Soak Off Gel removal system in the UK at salon services here for £7.99 I can't find the refills on the site but they cost £4.99 in store.
Alongside this kit you're going to need a few other things for the removal process:
1. Gel Polish Remover or Pure Acetone (bottle pictured here is 500ml and only £2.99 from Sally's works just as well if not better than some gel removers I've tried)
2. Hoof stick or Metal cuticle pusher stick
3. Very gritty nail file/block
4. ASP Soak Off Gel Removal System
Firstly you need to remove the shiny layer from your gel polish using a rough nail file. Do each nail until you have a rough sanded finish and no trace of shine (this step is vital at speeding up the removal process, if you don't buff off the shiny layer the acetone won't be able to penetrate into the polish as well and removal will take ages longer).
Once you're done sanding :) It's time to apply the gel caps. The directions on the box said to apply acetone to a foam pad then place the pad into the pink cap before applying the cap to your nail. So I followed this procedure on all five nails and voila:
I always do one hand at a time when removing gel polish as I like to have one hand free to do other things, (cue Candy Crush lol) I left these on for around 15 minutes.
Remove first pad and check if polish is loose and peeling, if it is go ahead with the hoof stick or cuticle pusher and carefully remove the polish taking care not to scrape the nail bed, if the polish is ready it should just fly off the nail, if thats not happening you need to soak the nail for another 5-10 mins. For me the 15 minutes was plenty and all the polish came off pretty easily.
When you're done be sure to apply some cuticle oil to your cuticles, as the acetone can dry them out!
On my first use the pink caps looked a bit stretched and I was concerned this would affect their effectiveness next time, but thankfully they had bounced back to their tighter original shape by the next time I took them out to use, so don't worry if that happens to you, they just spring back into shape which is excellent!
I absolutely love this system. I found the foam refills can be re used (gone three times with the same pads so far and no problems), which makes this system extremely cost effective. It's a lot quicker than the traditional foil system, and a lot less aggravating (the amount of foil I've had to throw out from rippage ahhhhhhhh). So if you're looking for a way to speed up you're gel removal process I seriously recommend you give these babies a try!