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

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Which did you/will you use?
    Gel polish : (118 votes)
    74 %
    Regular polish : (36 votes)
    23 %
    None : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Other : (5 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 17
    297 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Country Club

    I apologize for the huge picture but I have acrylic with gel color. I get my nails done SUPER short because I hate poking myself in the eye doing my makeup or dealing with my contacts. I used to just get gel color but when I got Invisalign my manicures went to hell. The acrylic keeps the strength I need to have for Invisalign. Most people just think its my natural nails except when they start to grow out a bit. 


    Post # 18
    1206 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    justwondering2015:  Actually me too!  I’m just so bad at picking the polish off when it starts to peel and then doing damage to my nails but I blame the gel, haha.  Last time I got them done I tried not to pick as much and soaked them off with acetone and it wasn’t as bad as the first time when I peeled them all off and took a few layers of nail with them.  I’m just going to make sure I’m careful when I get them for my wedding and try not to peel.

    amberback:  I LOVE Seche Vite topcoat!  My friend turned me on to it and it’s the best topcoat for a DIY mani.

    Post # 19
    419 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    justwondering2015:  I did gel and would say it’s the most reliable way to not have smudged nails, Essie also does gel colours too now so maybe you can find the colour you like best after all! Just have them remove it for you vs letting it peel off or trying to peel it off yourself. Much less nail damage that way.

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 5 months ago by  islandgirl82.
    Post # 20
    980 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2016 - Blue Hound Farm

    justwondering2015:  Not sure if you plan on doing the gel yourself, or at a salon, but if you want to do it at home and have the supplies, check out the red carpet brand at ulta, and also the couple of brands carried by Sally Beauty Supply. Between those two spots, I can usually find whatever color Im looking for. Sally hansen also has a line of gel polish out, so you could check those out as well. 

    If you find a color you like and arent set up to do gel at home, perhaps your local salon will let you bring in whatever color you find?

    Post # 21
    14 posts

    Go with the color you like better. If you get your nails done the day of you wedding then they shouldn’t chip.

    Post # 22
    2969 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I would do gel polish. It’ll last longer and when you are getting ready the day before or leading up to the wedding the last thing you want to do is make repeated trips to the nail salon to fix your nails and sit there under the dryers for hours.

    Check out different salons that carry gel polish and see what they offer. Also, if you go to a beauty supply store you can look at some colors in person before you get the nails done that way you can plan ahead and maybe even buy your own if the salon doesnt offer the color you want.

    I also do something called layering. There is a creamy off white color I like at my salon but I prefer it to have a little more pink/lavender in it so I usually do a base that is white (to make the polish opaque and not as sheer) and then I have them do the next layer or two with the pink and it comes out a creamy opaque pink. You can always combine and create your own color 🙂

    Post # 23
    524 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    justwondering2015:  Have you tried the Sally Hanson Gel line? It’s like Vinylux in that you put it on, no bottom coat, use their top coat, and can take it off with nail polish remover. I just bought my first ones the other day — it’s holding up so far. I like it better than Vinylix because I think it takes on a matte appearance after a while and these have remained shiny.


    Post # 24
    893 posts
    Busy bee

    justwondering2015:  I was so picky about the precice color I wanted for my wedding day that I wound up buying three different bottles (that most people wouldn’t even be able to tell apart) and brought the winner into the salon. if color is that important to you, use regular polish.

    just give yourself tons of time before leaving the salon. once it’s totally dry, a decent manicure should hold up to a few bumps and scrapes the first couple of days.  it’s not super good for your nails, but roughing up the surface a little will help keep the polish from scratching off. (use the #1 side of a buffing block.) 

    Post # 25
    613 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2016

    justwondering2015:  try the cnd gel color “Field Fox” or they also make it in the vinylux as well which another poster described as a nail polish thats like an inbetween of regular polish and gel. I LOVE this color and it falls right into the “greige” category. (those arent my hands in the picture. Just a pic I took off pinterest but I have used it and it looks greyish beigish. It looked a tiny bit darker on my nails.

    Post # 26
    4643 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I do my own gel polish at home (Sensationail kit) and it holds up great – 2 weeks just like the advertise on the box.

    I can’t do regular polish as it chips way too quickly for me. 

    Post # 27
    889 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I get my gel nails done religiously every 2 weeks. I’ve never had any issues with gel hurting my nails, though I do make sure to use the shellac brand. I’m also a bit OCD about my nails looking perfect all of the time. 50% of the time people post pictures of their nails on weddingbee I can see some minor imperfection that would drive me nuts. 

    Post # 28
    854 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Curlycupcake:  I had this problem once, and it was after I changed where I was getting my nails done. I researched it and the problem is when products are mixed. Different brands cure differently and if you stick to one brand of base, color and top coats then it should be fine. I tried this theory and stuck to Shellac for all coats and never had the problem again. I like Shellac because it stands up to the frequent hand sanitizing at work. 

    I don’t always get my nails done- though I will definitely do it for my wedding- but I use Sally Hanson Gel nail polish (no light) and it lasts more than a week!!! I’m currently in love with the color pink tank.

    Post # 30
    613 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2016

    justwondering2015:  I had my girl do 3 coats of it on my nails, which I think made it darker because I didn’t want it super light when I had them done. You might try adding another coat, it really made it darker for me. I wish I had taken a picture. Shoot!! There was another one, the same sort of color but darker as well, I’ll look tomorrow when I go to see what brand and color it is!!

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