Beauty companies have made great strides over the past few years, creating nail polishes that last far longer than normal. If you’re one of those people who avoids getting manicures because the color chips and scratches within a few hours, then Shellac and Gel nails are for you. The downside to both is that they can last for up to two to three weeks after application, which makes them not-so-appealing to those who like to change their polish daily. There are several advantages and disadvantages of each, as well.
You’ll have your choice of colors. Shellac nail treatments are available in many different shades ranging from classic (red and pinks) to unusual (blues and greens.)
Shellac nail polish can last up to two weeks, making this type of nail polish virtually worry-free.
Shellac dries quickly, and the entire treatment can take as little as 20 minutes.
Shellac nail colors can only be applied in licensed salons, since there is a process involved in applying the color, sealing it and then “baking” the sealant under a special UV light to harden it.
The removal process can be time consuming. You’ll have to soak your nails in pure acetone to soften the polish and make it easier to remove.
When applied correctly and taken care of right, Gel nail polish can last up to three weeks without chipping, peeling or fading.
Gel nail polish dries quickly under the UV light, so you won’t have to worry about smudging your nail color on the way home from the salon.
If you like classic nail colors, you’ll love the array of reds and pinks that Gel nail polish comes in.
Gel nail color isn’t yet available in all of the colors and shades that Shellac is available in.
Removing Gel nail polish can be complicated, as it usually involves soaking your nails in acetone.