(Closed) Gel nails or regular polish? (poll included)

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Which did you/will you use?

    Gel polish

    Regular polish



  • Post # 2
    626 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2016

    I’ll probably go with gel, even though my nails are still messed up from getting a gel mani 2 months ago when we got engaged. I always mange to screw up a regular manicure within hours, while gel looks good for at least a week. I don’t want to have to worry about messing up my nails between when they get done and the wedding.

    Post # 3
    2564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Do you mean gel nails or gel polish?  I got a manicure with Shellac polish for my wedding and it was great.  It didn’t ruin my nails at all.  I thought it was gel nails (like acrylic) that can wreck your nails?

    Post # 4
    3462 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I love the gel, but after a week or so it gets lines in it from it cracking. No idea probably just my nails….still figuring out what I’m going to do and my wedding is in a little over a month..

    Post # 6
    547 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Gel polish all the way for me. Even if I have my nails done the day before or day of, it will only end in chips if I use regular polish. I’m very klutzy and usually chip even quality professional manicures in a day or two. Also, gel polish is so much thicker than regular that it helps prevent my nails from breaking or catching on things and ripping when they’re a bit longer.

    Post # 7
    1206 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I’ve only gotten gels twice and they’ve messed up my nails but I’m going to sacrifice it for the wedding so they look nice.  I feel like regular manicures chip so easily on me so I could get one the day before the wedding and it may or may not chip.  I figure I may as well risk some nail damage so I know they look good.

    Post # 8
    197 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: Victoria Wedding Chapel

    My nails don’t do well with regular polish. It chips within hours. I have a gel manicure kit at home that I usually use, but I’ll probably get them professionally done for the wedding. Either way, gel all the way! It lasts 1-2 weeks on me which is truly a miracle. If you don’t remove it properly and gently, it will mess up your nails for a while though.

    Post # 10
    3035 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

    I did my own nails with regular polish the night before – after rehearsal and right before i went to bed. I used the Seche Vite topcoat because it dries super fast.

    Post # 11
    220 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I had gel for mine.  My nails were a bold red color and I can’t stand chipping and didn’t want to deal with that on my wedding day.  I had not one chip or wear for 2 weeks straight so it lasted on honeymoon as well.  Looked amazing.  I say go for shellac/gel.

    Post # 12
    2053 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’ve had bad luck with Shellac / gel – they peel on me after a week.  My new favorite thing is Vinylux – I LOVE IT!  Lasts for a week and comes off just like regular nail polish.  You don’t need the UV light, but its pretty dry after only a few minutes.  And it only costs $5 more than a normal manicure.  I’m a huge fan.

    Post # 13
    4890 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    My nails were super short, after being a BAD nail biter for most of my life. I had to go with acrylics as a result. However, since then… my nails have actually grown out and I don’t bite them anymore. I get a gel polish manicure about once a month and I love it. They were french tipped.

    I felt that after getting my nails grown, regular polish (even at a salon) would chip. However, the gel polish lasts and never chips at the top, although does show wear towards the cuticle once my nail gros out, but that’s usually closer to the time that I need to get them done again.

    Post # 15
    61 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I will most likely get a shellac/gel manicure. Although I don’t intend on doing any heavy lifting around the time of my wedding, I like the idea of having pretty nails (that won’t chip) within a week or two before/after the wedding. This is particularly important to me since we are planning to have a lot of friends/family from out of town who will probably stick around after the wedding. This will also mean that lots of photos will be taken before/after the wedding. Again, I just don’t want to worry about my nails until all our friends/family have gone back home.

    With that said, I have toyed around with various styles of nail art/design. I like the classic french style, but I kind of want to get something unique and different. Any thoughts on that topic?

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