Memoirs of a Retired Shade

Issue No. 047

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We went down memory lane and spoke with seven of our beloved past Brand Ambassadors and long-time BSG Professionals to find out which Retired Shades is their favourite and holds a special memory. Our Retired Shades are on sale for a special price and consist of different formulas including UNITY All-In-One Gel Polish, 3STEP Colour Gel Polish, BeBio Nail Lacquers and Matching Sets.

Here is the professional rundown on why you need to stock up NOW for your salon:

UNITY All-In-One Gel Polish is our unique one-step gel polish formula that contains base, top, colour and nail strengtheners all-in-one-bottle. An all-in-one formula allows you to perform express gel manicures and pedicures in less steps, with less products to effortlessly achieve a high-shine, long lasting manicure just as you would with a traditional gel polish. To top it off, UNITY cures to the touch with no tacky inhibition layer which means no alcohol cleanse required!

For clients who require extra TLC:
1. Add our Upgraded Base-1 Gel Polish for extra strengthening, and/or
2. Add our Upgraded No-Wipe Top Gel Polish for a longer-lasting shine

Gel pedicures are always easy as 1,2,3 with no base or top gel polish rarely required for 2+ weeks of high shine chip-free wear.

3STEP Colour Gel Polish is our traditional formula that must always be used with BSG Top Gel Polish and Base Gel Polish. This classic shrink-free and self-leveling formula provides 2+ weeks of high-shine and chip-free colour with the use of a professional LED/UV Lamp. Like all our products, 3STEP also promotes and strengthens natural nail growth and is the perfect option for the health-conscious clients.

BeBio Nail Lacquer is our regular air-dry nail lacquer formula that is highly pigmented and features a smooth, streak-free application. This no-fuss nail polish is simple to remove and allows for clients to change their nail colour more easily. BeBio comes in all matching shades of our 3STEP Colour Gel Polish to offer chic coordinating manicures and pedicures to your clients.

Finally, our Matching Sets are duo sets of a 3STEP Colour Gel Polish and BeBio Nail Lacquer. Matching Sets offer the best value for both products you are sure to need in your professional lineup.

There you have it! A crash course on why your clients' need a little (or a lot) of BSG in their nail lives.

LIVE VIDEO

Want to see the all the Retired Shades colours LIVE?
Tune into the live video on Instagram for a swatch party on Friday October 21, 2022 at 1pm EST.
Can't make it? Don't worry, we will be posting the video on our profile for you to go back and watch any time!

Don’t just take it from us, let’s see what our talented BSG Professionals have to say about their favourite Retired Shade!

Be sure to also sign up for a BSG Professional account (like the pros below have) to gain access to year-round professional pricing and promotions online! You can apply for an account here.

Courtney | @_exhalehatenails

Owner of Exhale Hate Nails
Located: Bowmanville, Ontario CA

How long have you been using BSG and how did you hear of us?

β€œI've been using BSG for 8ish years now! I came across them on Instagram and entered a giveaway which led to me winning BSG Babe πŸ’…β€

Which is your favourite Retired Shade and why?

β€œIt's tough to pick but Elegant. Elegant is so underrated, a deep purple (my favorite) with silver flecks, it's my go-to for my toes and needs no base or top coat to make it even faster.”

Product Used:Β 196 ElegantΒ (Retired Shade),Β $11

Is there a specific memory with this Retired Shade you can share with us?

β€œThe memory I have with Elegant is when I first opened it and actually saw the color - I always kind of avoided it because I thought it was an "old lady" kind of color, but when I saw it in person, I loved it and couldn't wait to swatch it and show it off”

Denise | @denisenails_yeg

Owner of Denise Nails YEG
Located: Edmonton, Alberta CA

How long have you been using BSG and how did you hear of us?

β€œI have been using BSG since I started to do nails in 2017, you already know it is so popular in my hometown, everyone loves the colours and how the brush is so easy to control. It helps a lot for new nail techs like me at that time who struggled with colouring.”

Which is your favourite Retired Shade and why?

β€œIt’s so hard to let you know what is my favourite cause I love them all. Uptown Lights Collection, Tropical Getaway, Deja Vu, Vintage Garden…. They are all so beautiful and I specifically love the UNITY colour, I think that is so smart cause we can finish the pedicure quicker.”

Product Used:Β 236 Milk Chocolate, $18

Is there a specific memory with this Retired Shade you can share with us?

β€œEvery time I use a new BGG colour , it is almost the same feeling. I love it, satisfied with the way it work and am so impressed ❀️. I feel it is so cute how you name it, and one time I was so happy cause I saw the colour name β€œEdmontonβ€œ yes, I introduced it to every single client how you mentioned our city and they love that too!”

Diana | @ricekittynails

Owner of Rice Kitty Nails
Located: Orange County, California USA

How long have you been using BSG and how did you hear of us?

β€œI’ve been using BSG for 6 years and I heard about them through my friend Melissa.”

Which is your favourite Retired Shade and why?

β€œMy favourite Retired Shade is #BSGLily because it’s a pretty nude peach colour that I feel is very versatile in creating different nail designs.”

Product Used:Β 88 LilyΒ (Retired Shade), $11

Is there a specific memory with this Retired Shade you can share with us?

"I remember using #BSGFireworks for the first time on a client and my first impression was β€œWow, this color is pretty! It looks like a raspberry-red glittery jelly color.”

Elle | @_ellec

Owner of Mani Fresh by Elle C.
Located: Raleigh, North Carolina USA

How long have you been using BSG and how did you hear of us?

β€œI have been using Bio Seaweed Gel products since 2012, when I saw your posting on Instagram and entered the giveaway for a free Unity-All-In-One gel polish and UV lamp.”

Which is your favourite Retired Shade and why?

β€œOf all the Retired Shades, I’m so so sad to see 76 Cyclone go. It’s one of the first colors to start my vast BSG collection. It is a gorgeous blue that is packed with glitter!”

Product Used: 76 Cyclone (Retired Shade), $11

Is there a specific memory with this Retired Shade you can share with us?

β€œMy late, beloved, grandmother loved this shade for the holidays. The first time she picked this shade, we had a blast in the salon that day. So many memories!”

Kay | @kayspolish

Highschool teacher and owner of Kay’s Polish
Located: Montreal, Quebec CA

How long have you been using BSG and how did you hear of us?

β€œBSG has been in my life since 2017 and I heard of the brand through social media as I was searching for a new gel brand to discover.”

Which is your favourite Retired Shade and why?

β€œMy favorite one has to be 98 Mirage as I have worn it several times and always loved it as much as the first time! It is the most soft and relaxing color.”

Product Used:Β 98 MirageΒ (Retired Shade), $11

Is there a specific memory with this Retired Shade you can share with us?

β€œ#BSGMirage has a special place in my heart because I wore it a lot as I was expecting my baby boy.”

Melissa| @melimelr

Not currently taking clients.
Located: Los Angeles, California USA

How long have you been using BSG and how did you hear of us?

β€œI have been using BSG since 2016! I first heard of BSG through my nail instructor at school, who recommended their products as a dependable line. A few months later, my friend Diana and I were hired to work a trade show with them, and the rest is history! Till this day, I use BSG for all gel applications.”

Which is your favourite Retired Shade and why?

β€œMany of these shades are favorites for me. If I had to pick one must have before it is gone, I would say Blue Hawaii.”

Product Used:Β 75 Blue HawaiiΒ (Retired Shade), $11

Is there a specific memory with this Retired Shade you can share with us?

β€œOne would be that each time I have worn this shade, I receive many compliments because it is such a unique sparkly shade”

Sandy | @nailzbysandy

Owner of Nailz by Sandy
Located: Brampton, Ontario CA

How long have you been using BSG and how did you hear of us?

β€œI’ve been loving and using BSG since 2009, When the owner of BSG came to my salon to advertise BSG. I’ve been a big fan ever since!”

Which is your favourite Retired Shade and why?

β€œOne of my favourite retired shades would have to be #bsgpurpledream! It was the perfect shade of dark purple/plum it very underrated! Beautiful colour for the fall especially paring it with #bsgmorganite to accent it.”

Product Used:Β 178 Purple DreamΒ (Retired Shade), $11

Is there a specific memory with this Retired Shade you can share with us?

β€œThis colour was such a hit when I would wear it, so many of my clients and even strangers would admire it ask what shade I was wear and even do the same colour as me. I’m really sad that it’s being retired. I’m definitely going to hide my last bottle!”

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

These were all beautiful picks by the pros! Let us know in the comments if you have a favourite Retired Shade memory! Also, don't be shy to drop a comment to let us know what you would like to see on a future Beyond the Paint Blog post.

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2 comments

I love so many of the retired shades and I have most of them but that Purple Dream set has me wanting to go back for that one πŸ’œ

Barbara October 19, 2022

I need to get 20 bottles of ALL the retired shades!!!!! LOL. I stunt want to see any of them go!

Cherie Renee Bates October 19, 2022

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