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

posted 1 week ago in Beauty
  • poll: Which system do you like best?
    Gel Nail Polish : (19 votes)
    61 %
    Dip Nail Polish : (12 votes)
    39 %
    Polygel Nail System : (0 votes)
  • Post # 16
    Member
    790 posts
    Busy bee

    I definitely prefer dip. I usually go about 3-4 weeks before having to change it more from my nails being so grown out. I have had them crack/chip before and that sucks because if that does happen then often the whole dip coat ends ups coming off on that nail. It’s usually more my fault though when it cracks rather than it just chipped for no real reason. My nail tech knows that I prefer them to be thinner, I’ve had nail techs that put a bunch of coats on to make it thick and it doesn’t look good in my opinion. 

    I don’t like gel nails at all personally. They would barely last longer than a regular manicure for me before they would start peeling. 

    I’m not familar with polygel, it sounds like their similar to acrylics? I used to get acylics often when I was much younger  but that was before there were really any other options. It was acrylics or a regular mani. Now I wouldn’t get them again, I feel like so much dirt and grime gets between the fake and the real nail that it grosses me out.

    ETA: I have heard people say dip nails are unhygenic because they’re dipping everyones nails into the same container but I don’t see much difference between that and using the same polish brush in each color on every persons nail. I think anytime you go to a nail salon you have to have some trust that they’re doing they’re best to be safe for everyone but there is a certain level of sanitary risk

    Post # 17
    Member
    658 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I have been doing my own nails for about 6 or 7 years now (I am simply to cheap to spent that much money, especially since I hate grown out nails so I do them about every 10-14 days) I used CND shellac but switched to SNS about 8 month ago and I am sooo happy. No chipping at all. What annoys my though is the process of choosing a color. I am on my third red and a quest to find THE red I love. The ones a I bought a really nice but still aren’t the right color. Swatches with the color code are rare and I have the feeling that it depends very much on the lighting in which the picture has been taken. Also looking for a fall mauve color and the right nude tone. 

    i have no trouble removing the dip at all. I file the top layer, cover them in with an acetone soaked cotton ball, secure it with a nail clip, stick my hand in a heated pillow thingy and wait 15 min. It comes off like any gel polish. 
    i do agree that it’s harder to get the top layer right. I do a very (!) thin first coat and then a regular second one. I also switched to from SNS to The Gelish topcoat. You also can do a layer of gel polish top coat. Holds up great too. (I am just to lazy to do it most days)

    Post # 18
    Member
    899 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2019

    My nails REPEL polish. Gel, shellac, regular, no matter what. Dip is the first thing I’ve found that works and I love it. I get my nails done once a month. It’s just about finding a good tech who knows how to file them down.

    Post # 19
    Member
    174 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2020 - New Hampshire

    I voted for gel because that’s all I know. I do them at home and I love it! I’ve found some cheaper brands on amazon that hold up better than my gelish minis! I love how shiny it is and it makes my nails feel stronger. 

    Post # 20
    Member
    594 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    mrsssb :  what system do you use for dip? I can only get 1.5-2 weeks of wear before they start lifting. I’m currently buffing using a coarse grit file. Maybe I should be using something else? I’m using the ASP quick dip kit from Sally’s. 

    Post # 21
    Member
    307 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    I LOVE doing dip at home and am so glad I tried it. Like you, I prefer the matte look of buffing the polish. However, I don’t even bother applying the top coat, I just buff the dip after applying the activator. I have done this several times with both the revel and Rossi brands and it hasn’t had any noticeable effect on the longevity of the manicure. 

    Post # 25
    Member
    307 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    mrsssb :  not sure how soon your wedding is/if you’re interested in purchasing another color but here is the blue I wore for my sisters wedding recently. It’s called Bonjour and revel makes it  

     

    Post # 26
    Member
    307 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    mrsssb :  the first photo is from a manicure when I was trying out the color on nails that are a bit longer and the second photo is the manicure I did for the actual wedding (obviously Hahahaha) that was like you described, shorter and more square. Both looked great and got lots of compliments! 

    Post # 28
    Member
    2923 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    Thank you for the reviews!  I’ve only tried gel, both at a salon and at home.  I’ve been meaning to try dip but haven’t had the time.

    I can usually get a good 5 days out of a regular manicure and about 3 weeks with gel when I get them done at a salon.  I’ve tried gel at home and it lasted maybe 2 days.  Same with regular polish.  I’m not sure what the salon does that makes it last so much longer on me.  Maybe I’m not waiting for the polish to dry.  With a 9 month old, I don’t have much time these days to get my nails done but it’s a treat I like to do.

    Post # 29
    Member
    307 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    mrsssb :  it’s such a gorgeous color. In my opinion it’s just as neutral as a blush pink or nude! It looks great with everything! 

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