How about a gel manicure for half the price? What’s the catch?
Well, you’ll have to cross the causeway.
Let me share with you about my recent visit to Nails Room, a nail parlor at Sutera Mall. Sutera Mall is a family-oriented mall located in Johor Bahru (JB). Instead of big brand names, its stores are mostly local brands, many of which you would not have heard of. If you like to get some cheap groceries, visit the anchor tenant, Aeon Supermarket.
Now, are you ready for my review of Nails Room @ Sutera Mall?
The gel manicure costs RM75 (SGD30 or USD24). Additional design services range from RM5 to RM10 per nail.
The above job costs a total of RM91, comprising RM75 basic gel service and RM8 per designed nails. I have two designed nails, the fourth finger on each hand.
What’s Good about Nails Room?
1. Very efficient
During my visit, there were 6 nail technicians and 4 customers. Some customers were attended by 2 technicians simultaneously.
2. No Pain. No Bleeding
Well, this is a given. But my last experience at another mall, Aeon Bukit Indah Shopping Centre was a disaster. I was already very uncomfortable that a male technician was attending to me. Then, he over-removed my cuticle causing many fingers to bleed. When he moved on to my other hand, I told him explicitly to be more careful. Still, he managed to inflict further injury.
Nails Room on the other hand was ultra-conservative. You’ll find out more when you read further below.
3. Good Service
The technician did not upsell or hard-sell. Even when I asked her the price of other services such as pedicure, she told me in a matter-of-fact tone about the price. When I opt not to take up the bulk offer, she did not pursue and just did her work quietly.
She was also very patient and polite when I took a really long time to choose the colour and design.
4. No Bubbling
The technician has a steady hand. The polish was nicely applied, without any bubbling or uneven surface.
5. It’s Cheap
Not cheaper than other stores in JB, but it’s definitely cheaper than those offered in Singapore.
1. Nail colors and designs are limited
That’s why I had a hard time choosing. They didn’t have the midnight blue that I was looking for.
2. Should remove more cuticle
I felt that there’s still room to push up the cuticle more. Then my nail may appear longer lah. And their conservative act could have explained why the experience was painless and injury-free.
3. Started the paint too low
There’s at least 1mm to 2mm of space between the cuticle and the nail colors. This is considered quite excessive. Well, don’t make my nail appear shorter than it already is, alright?
4. Design skill is average
I had wanted to do vertical stripes design. But when I look at their samples, I decided not to as the lines were not straight.
Now, if you look at my designed nails, the 2 vertical lines on my left hand were 4mm apart, while the one on my right were 6mm apart. That’s 50% longer. Luckily, I’d opted for a complicated criss-cross design and that made it less obvious.
If you are looking for a basic manicure, without the design elements, this is a good place to do your one-stop shopping and beauty services (this mall has many hair salons too). Do remind them to peel back the cuticle more, and to start the paint nearer to the cuticle line. Rating: 3/5.
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Post-Edit (28 Sep 2014)
The gel polish was durable. After 28 days, I experienced a slight peel-back on one of the nails. The rest still look good and glossy.