Acrylic, Gel or Shellac Nails … What should you get?

August 19, 2020

When it comes to nails, there is so much more to it than a classic manicure – pedicure. It can also get quite overwhelming to know which one to choose and what’s the right one for you.  Read on below to know the difference and which option is the best for you.Acrylic Extensions and Gels Extensions are fake nails placed over your natural ones. Both can be made to match the shape of the nail, or to extend it. So, when you want longer nails, you are asking for either Acrylic or Gel extensions. People also get Acrylics extensions or Gels extensions in order to have stronger looking nails.Both Acrylic Extensions and Gel Extensions are very different products, Different ingredients and have different application techniques Shellac Nails is the brand name created by a CND (Creative Nail Design) is a blend of gel and nail polish. Because it is similar to nail polish, it cannot be used to extend your nail. It is applied similarly to a nail polish and is cured through UV lighting. Because it is like a gel, however, it does add strength, durability and a significant decrease in chipping.Advantages

  • Thin and strong product that gives it both flexibility and durability
  • Natural look combined with the shine associated with gel nails
  • Lasts up to 14 days
  • Removal technique through acetone wraps does not leave nails dry, thin, or torn.


  • Unlike other artificial nails, you cannot use Shellac to strengthen or lengthen your nails.
  • Shellac is only sold to licensed professionals and requires a special removal process. You cannot apply Shellac, repair a break or even remove it at home.
  • Shellac is not for everyone as it requires a healthy nail bed.

Acrylic Nails are a combination of a liquid monomer and a powder polymer. When exposed to air, the product hardens, creating a protective layer over your nails. A polish is added after if you wish.


  • Acrylic nails are hard and very robust
  • They last longer
  • Easy removal
  • When you break an acrylic nail, it can be easily fixed


  • They can damage your nail bed if proper care is not given.
  • Acrylic Extensions may look less natural than gel nails, especially if applied incorrectly.
  • The application process involves chemicals and fumes.

Gel Nails are brushed onto your nails in three steps: a base coat, polish color and top coat. Each coat has to be cured (hardened) in an UV light for two to three minutes.


  • Natural, glossy, freshly-manicured look
  • Its more flexible
  • Gel Nail Extensions  are more natural looking
  • Gel Nail Extensions appear as thin as your nails


  • Gel polishes are More expensive than Normal polishes
  • Self-fixing a break at home is complicated
  • Less durable than Acrylic Extensions
  • Removal can result in nails damage if gel is used too frequently

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