Shellac or Gel mani?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Gel or Shellac polish..which do you like better
    Gel : (3 votes)
    27 %
    Shellac : (7 votes)
    64 %
    Other...please explain : (1 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    104 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I do my own with sensationail.  I think it’s more expensive over here to get shellac or similar done in salons and the cost to have my fingers and toes done and the removal just for the wedding day cost the same as buying the starter kit from sensationail uk!

    I’ve not got any pics at the moment as i’m giving them a rest but i find it really easy to do and also use konad stamping kits to add a bit of interest when i feel like something a bit more detailed.

    Post # 4
    828 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think the Shellac has a nicer, shinier finish. I also think it comes off easier with less damage to your nails. I’m comparing this to OPI and Gelish, those are the other brands I’ve used.

    Post # 5
    1327 posts
    Bumble bee

    By gel do you mean the ones in tubs that you have to cure under a UV or LED light?  Because those are just as bad for your nails as acrylics, since they require filing for fills and soaking in acetone for removal.

    Speaking of which, Shellac is slightly less damaging to nails than acrylics & gels, but they are not that much gentler, especially for people with thin, brittle, and/or peeling nails.  This is because they need to be wrapped in acetone to be removed, which really dehydrates nails and makes them weaker.  Mine always peel terribly after Shellac removal if I don’t get another Shellac manicure right away.  The alternative is to peel them off manually as they chip but that’s even worse, as you’re often taking off a few layers of your nails with the Shellac.

    I say just start fresh – apply nail strengthener religiously onto your bare nails.  I’m a former nail biter and gel addict, and that’s how I grew mine out.  Eating well, especially lots of protein, and taking vitamins help too.  I find that as long as I always have nail polish and/or strengthener on, my nails will stay strong.

    Post # 6
    11300 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I guess you need to clarify what you mean by “gel.” Do you mean the artificial nails or the polish process? Shellac is a brand name (by CND) of gel polish. I do gel polish manicures at home with Red Carpet Manicure and occasionally have Shellac done at the salon. NEVER EVER peel the polish off. To remove, take a nail file and file off the shiny top coat, then soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover (I use this one, I find it works MUCH better than pure acetone), put one on each nail, and wrap with aluminum foil strips. Set for 10-15 minutes and then scrape off. I buff my nails afterward, then apply lotion and cuticle oil (ELF cuticle pen).

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