The Products You Need To Get Started With Kokoist Japanese Gel Nail Products

The Products You Need To Get Started With Kokoist Japanese Gel Nail Products

Paola PonceNovember 19, 2021

Kokoist Gels are a brand of soak-off gels that are manufactured from scratch in Japan.


You can create natural nail overlay and extensions with these soak-off gels including beautiful styles of nail art.


So how do you get started with Kokoist, which products do you buy?


Well, thanks to the Kokoist Into Kit that question is well-resolved for you.


In today’s video we’ll be going over all of the 14 items in this Kokoist’s Intro Kit.


With more and more people growing into the niche of Japanese gel and coming across Kokoist, a little direction as to what to start off with, will go a long way right? So rather than just jumping on the Kokoist website and guessing your way through what clear gels or brushes to buy, or just you know buying them all… Kokoist created an intro kit to get you started with all the right beginner must-buys. 


And I thought, why not give you a run-down of all of the items included via this video. And so here we are. 


Now I already told you that Kokoist gels are manufactured from scratch, and this happens within Kokoist’s own manufacturing facility in Japan alongside the owner Koko herself and her own product chemist. And I wanted to make mention of this because not only is it note-worthy and super special but, also because there is essentially no middle man within the process of gel design to gel creation, and that is why the Kokoist brand of products is able to offer us its just about the most affordable price for their gel nail products.


Another cost-effective strategy the Kokoist USA team deploys is designing and manufacturing their gels in Japan and packaging them here in the U.S.


I love this because not only does it help reduce waste, but it also creates jobs in the U.S. of A.


So without further ado. Here it is, the Kokoist Intro Kit and its contents:


There are 13 items in the intro kit plus a free gift. This free gift alternates, but most of the time it is a little nail art piece or sample. Keep in mind that all of these items are available for individual purchase!

Intro Item #1 & 2: 


Kokoist Round Brush and Thin Liner 

By the way, Kokoist brushes are hand made in Kumano, Japan which is known for producing high quality calligraphy brushes.


Item #1: The Kokoist Round brush 

Kokoist’s Round Brush allows for maximum product control with minimal product absorption into the bristles, so you’ll never feel like you’re painting with a soaking-wet mop or sponge. Round brush can be used for any application of choice, gel base, builder, or colors.


Item #2 Kokoist Thin Liner Brush 

Kokoist’s Thin Liner is a short liner brush that allows you to paint fine details. It is quite short, and it seems perfect for caricature design work.


Item #3 A 4g jar of Mega Stick Base

Kokoist’s Mega Stick Base is kind of the equivalent to a rubbery base gel. It’s texture is soft and bendy, so it moves with the nail quite well, and for this reason you should encounter less lifting than with say Platinum Bond Duo which is a bit more rigid. Apply it with a little bit of structure for maximum durability, you can use the Round brush included to apply it. 


Item #4 Ultra Glossy Non Wipe Top Coat 

Ultra Glossy Non Wipe Top Coat has become one of my favorite top coats. 

l really like the consistency of this Top Coat, as it is slightly more viscous than most Non Wipe Top Coats allowing you to smooth out tiny imperfections in your application right before final curing. Ultra Glossy Non Wipe Top Coat lives up to its name and indeed stays ULTRA shiny through the duration of your manicure, or your client’s. 


Items #5, 6, 7, and 8 are colors. 


Do note, that in comparison with other Japanese Gel color jars, Kokoist jars are 2.5g instead of 4g.


Item #5 Color E-3 Rouge Red 

Rouge Red is your classic red. Super beautiful, and super pigmented. You will get full coverage with just one coat, but apply twice for even longer wear.


Item #6 Color E-173 Peanut Butter Toffee

Peanut Butter Toffee is the perfect sandy nude beige. It is not full coverage, so if you’re looking for something with more opacity, check out the concealer collection.


Still, you can apply it underneath your nail art as the perfect alternative to a clear or white canvas. And as a one coat application, it also makes a beautiful background to draw a French tip on.


Speaking of French Tip. 


Item #7 E-56 Bluey White

Bluey White is the brightest white, and most importantly the answer to a crisp white French Tip manicure or other fine line work.


And speaking of fine line work, who doesn’t need the perfect, almost archival type of black for outline, and other line work.



Item #8 E-148 Blackest Black

Blackest Black, which is indeed true to its name, you’ll probably not want to use any other black after using this one. If using it on the entire nail, apply it as 2 thin coats, or you’ll have bubbling air pockets due to the light being unable to penetrate through the pigment to cure it.


Now if you’re wondering what the difference between this black and white vs Maxi White & Maxi Black are…


The difference is that the Maxi ones are better for full-coverage since they are a bit more buttery.


While Bluey White & Blackest Black can be used for full-coverage you’ll feel their texture a bit past-y, and I find this texture to be more suitable for line work, or French Tip.


You’ll move a little slower applying full coverage with them because they are not as buttery as Maxi White & Black, and you’ll definitely have to ensure you apply them super thin.


Alright, our last items...


Items #9, 10, 11, 12, 13 Consist of 4 Files, and 1 Sponge buffer.


Item #9 & 10 180g & 240 Files

The 180g Emery Board and the 180/240g Diamond Shaped files are suitable for the natural nail or finishing off your enhancements.


Item #11 & 12 120g Diamond Brown & 180g Moon-shaped Board Files

120g File & 180g moon-shaped Board Files are ideal for reducing and shaping your cured gel nail enhancements.


And lastly 


Item #13 Moon-shaped Sponge Buffer

Moon-shaped Sponge Buffer is the perfect nail prep tool for Kokoist gels. Let the grit do the work for you for the most gentle but effective outcome.


Alright so!


How much will this kit cost you? All of the items add up to a total of $128.85, but as a kit you get to enjoy all of these items for only $100 which is well over 20% off. Amazing right!.


And if this sounds like the right starter kit for you, click here for the direct link to purchase.

Let me know what you think of this kit, and what other topics you would like us to discuss down in the comments section below!


Thanks for joining me today and I look forward to hosting another episode with you here!


Paola Ponce

@paolaponcenails (Instagram, YouTube, Facebook)

An independent nail educator helping the Japanese gel nail niche and its nail techs grow!

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