(Closed) Gelish? or shellac?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I love Gelish. I had a mani done with it and it lasted 3 weeks. Then I bought my own kit and I love love love it. Here is one of my manis done with my kit.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I had Gelish for my wedding day (French mani). Since then I have had Shellac manis and I prefer the Shellac. I think it is shinier and the color on the tips doesn’t wear off as much.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Also- I definitely think it is worth it. My Shellac manis last about 2 1/2 weeks (my nails grow quickly). The gel/shellac manis are only about $10 more than a regular mani around here. But, I recommend having the nail salon take them off, which is $5.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve had both and I prefer Shellac, I felt like the Gelish made my natural nails weaker while the Shellac made them stronger – just my personal experience though.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

with shellac- is it just one color? Or can you have multiple colors on the same nail?

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My mom gets Shellac manis all the time.  Her nails look great and the polish lasts for weeks.  I usually chip my manis inside 5 days so I’m going to give Shellac a try next week for a friend’s wedding.

My salon also offers Shellac pedis.  I’m not going to bother this time since my pedis usually last 3 weeks anyway, but has anyone had any experiences with them?  I may spring for one for the wedding/honeymoon in September.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I got gel nails done for my wedding and I LOVED them! They looked so natural and they lasted 3 weeks. I wish I could get them done all the time

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@CassidyR:  I’ve gotten a french manicure with Shellac twice. It’s a little thicker than the Gelish so they need to make sure it’s completely dry before applying the next layer or it will bubble but, other than that it’s totally doable.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@CassidyR:  Shellac also has glitter and solid colors (like white, black etc…) if you wanted any nail art. 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I am a Shellac addict!  I’ve actually saved on getting my nails done with the Shellac instead of having a mani that chips within the first week.  Make sure if you are going to a salon for the first time they follow the “steps” — I’ve heard the stories of people having bad experiences because the manicurist rushed or skipped through steps.  Before I went the first time, I read Pretty Shiny Sparkly’s “review” (Shellac Manicure: An Honest Opinion) and she included a very detailed what to expect.

I’m considering getting a Gelish manicure for my wedding in July – having trouble finding a shellac place near our destination but feel confident that it will work after reading the positives out there.  Good luck!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have heard that Gelish takes a really long time to soak off vs shellac a bit quicker.  No reason to get a shellac pedicure unless you need your toes to be dry instantly…otherwise it is probably more of an annoyance since you have to soak it off and that is a huge pain to do at home…regular polish will last 3-4 weeks on toes.

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