You have the choice of getting a manicure with a polish that could chip, and one that doesn’t, it seems to be a no brainer to go for the one that doesn’t. Right? Which one do you go for? Shellac nails or Gel nails?
Find Answers to all the gel VS. shellac nails questions you’ve been asking below!
WHAT IS SHELLAC NAIL POLISH?
Some people reference this type of nail as shellac gel nails.
This is because the product is half regular nail polish, half gel and is typically applied with two color coats and a top coat.
Between each coat, you cure the color and set the polish by putting your nails under a special UV light.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SHELLAC NAILS AND GEL NAILS?
The difference between gel and shellac nail polish isn’t going to blow your mind, but none the less, there is one.
Put simply, a shellac nails manicure is a semi-permanent polish, while gel is a semi-permanent gel.
HOW LONG DO SHELLAC NAILS LAST?
Shellac nail polish is thinner than gel, so generally shellac nails tend to start to ‘break down’ around 2 weeks, whereas gel nails can last up to three.
ARE SHELLAC NAILS BAD FOR YOU?
There’s been a lot of debate as to whether Shellac and Gel nails can give you cancer, because they use UV lights to cure your polish
Like anything to do with UV, caution is always key, so apply an SPF30+ at least 20 minutes beforehand.
SHELLAC NAILS VS GEL NAILS – THE VERDICT.
When it comes to shellac vs gel, there’s also the color selection to take into consideration. While gelish colors are 388 strong, with a range of natural and vibrant shades, shellac colors lag behind at only 116, so you’re more limited in choice.
It all depends on what you’re looking for.
If you’re after a particular shade and can’t find it in the shellac nails collection, go for gelish — just get a professional to remove it later.