Gel nails Vs. Dip nails Vs. Polygel — My review!

posted 1 month ago in Beauty
  • poll: Which system do you like best?
    Gel Nail Polish : (20 votes)
    63 %
    Dip Nail Polish : (12 votes)
    38 %
    Polygel Nail System : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    Member
    595 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    Unfortunately I found DIY dip powder after my wedding day. Oh well. I prefer dip. Just wanted to add that it can chip tho. I recently switched from a light color to a dark sparkle that was a different brand and I guess I didn’t get the sides well enough because some are chipping on the sides after a week. Do you have an e-file that you use? I’m considering getting one. Also, how long does dip last on you? 

    Post # 4
    Member
    812 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2019 - Country/barn

    mrsssb :  I went to a salon and had gel polish put on for my wedding. I liked how long it lasted. I removed it at home myself per the nail tech’s instructions. I soaked a cotton ball in acetone and set it on my nail and wrapped a piece of foil around each one and let it soak about 15 min. The polish hardly came off so I re-did each wrap and waited 15 more minutes. Still not much better. It wouldn’t come off my nails. I had to scrape it off with a cuticle stick. It really did a number on my nails for several weeks after. I don’t know if that’s typical of gel polish? 

    Post # 5
    Member
    621 posts
    Busy bee

    xraychick01 :  It would have been easier to dip the entire  nails in pure acetone in a bowl. For 20 minutes then use a cotton to wipe off. 

    Post # 6
    Member
    151 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: Iowa

    mrsssb :  dip is my absolute favorite!! It lasts so long, I had it on for 5 weeks without any chipping (I usually religiously get them done every 3 but life gets in the way). The only downside is sometimes they can crack but I don’t usually have that issue. I could never do at home dip though because I couldn’t file it myself 😂 gel is def my fave at home method since I don’t have to wait for it to dry 

    Post # 7
    Hostess
    1720 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    FYI I’ve heard stories of dip powder causing massive infections because there’s no way to keep the powder sanitary. I had a manicurist who dipped my finger while my nail bed was bleeding and will never again do dip because of that. 

    Post # 10
    Member
    89 posts
    Worker bee

    Thanks for your in depth review! I haven’t tried polygel, but have tried the other two. Gel is my favorite and I bought my own lamp and supplies to do it myself at home. I liked the smoothness and evenness of the dip, but I did not like how thick it was. Plus, trying to remove it myself was a nightmare!

    Post # 11
    Hostess
    3868 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    mrsssb :  I do both gel and dip manicures at home and am personally better at dip, so I prefer it.  I have had mine chip before, but I’m hard on my nails.  Both times they chipped was because I guestured too hard and flung my hand into a hard surface!  

    Post # 12
    Member
    812 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2019 - Country/barn

    mrsssb :  Interesting. I can’t remember if they roughed up my nails before applying it, but that would definitely explain why it was so difficult to remove! 

    Post # 14
    Member
    812 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2019 - Country/barn

    mrsssb :  thanks for the info!! 

    Post # 15
    Member
    38 posts
    Newbee

    Hmm, I’ve never had my nail tech rough up my nails before gel at the salon – I don’t even get a full manicure, I just get gel removal + color refresh. I go every two weeks and don’t have any issues with chips. I used to go longer in between (didn’t have any chipping issues then) but my nails grow fast and I hate the way grown out nails with polish look. 2.5 weeks is really the longest I can wait in between appointments.

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