(Closed) Fake nail tips?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I think my nail salon offers shellac/gel extensions? I had the lady explain how that works to me, but honestly it didn’t make sense since gel is just a type of polish (I thought). Maybe you should look into gel extensions?

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve had both (gel nails and acrylic nails) but currently sticking with acrylics because for me they’re stronger and last longer.  Everyone seems to have a different reaction with gels nails I love the way they look but they’re not durable enough for me.  I really like acrylics – if you get a good nail technician, that makes all the difference.  Gel is also a polish as well as a type of extension, but it peels on me so now I’m back to regular nail polish.  Not sure what the difference is with shellac? You should be able to get it with any kind of nail, gel or acrylic.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Sunfire:  TOTALLY agree! I am not a fan of gel because they are more prone to chipping, peeling and separating from your “real” nail. I would definitely go with acrylic tips. They are more durable and last longer.

I do get gel overtop of the acrylic to lock the paint in, but I don’t like an entire gel nail.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I like tips rather than Shellac. For some reason the Shellac really messed my nails up.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t think you can get Shellac with tips. I got non-acrylic tips and I loved them. The nail tech didn’t call them gel nails but that’s basically what they were: she glued the tips on and covered them with a polish that cured under a light. The tips I got are called Backscratchers, I think.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Keltaena:  I’ve been wearing acrylics for years and my nails are fine and have never been damaged.  I’ve been lucky, because I think it depends on the person who does them.  If they’re too rough with a drill – ouchies.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Keltaena:  I think it was maybe the lady who did them? I only have a hard time with gel/acrylics if I wear them all the time. When I just put them on for a special occation I am fine. For some reason the Shellac really messed my nails up. I tried it because I heard awesome reviews… That was when it first came out… Maybe there have been improvements since?

Post # 12
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9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I got acrylics for the first time for my wedding and hated them, but they did look nice for the photos. The place I went to wasnt that great and then it was a nightmare to get the nails off afterwards. I’m just not a fan of acrylic

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I feel like I’ve had every kind of tip imaginable before I began focusing on my natural nails.  These include acrylic, gel, silk wrap… by far, my favorite was gel if I was keeping up with regular manicures.  I loved how thin they were and the bonus of not having to wait for them to dry–however, they killed my nails.  If you’re planning on just doing them for the wedding itself, I would consider a silk wrap.  While no tops are “good” for your nails, I found silk to be the least harsh when removing them.

I’m hoping my nails will maintain their strength and length between now and my wedding because I vowed, after having gel for a year, I’d never have fake nails again!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

back in the day, i had acrylics put on for my prom- we’re talking late 90s here. i HATED them. the file/drill your nails down so after you have them taken off, it takes months for that part to grow out.

i also personally don’t like the really square looking shape. maybe you could get them rounded if you do it?

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2016

Try silk wraps OP. It is all silk:) I love them!  So much better for your nails than acrylic tips. A bit more time consuming but all worth it! The place I went to just cut the silk and used some kind of polish to harden it and then kept adding layers of silk. I know they lasted for a long time and I had no damage after.

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