So you’ve heard all about Shellac, but what’s Gelish? Gelish is also a hybrid gel-polish by Hand and Nail Harmony. Both Shellac and Gelish are applied like polish from polish bottles, but are cured in UV Lampsand have the lasting results of gel nails. Neither necessitates filing of the nail’s surface before application, and both soak-off in acetone, which protects natural nails, making them less harmful than traditional gels. Although each brand’s base and top coat will work with the other’s polish and UV wattage lamps, each works best as a complete system. Nails result as super-shiny, durable and natural, which are making these hybrid-polish manicures all the rage in salons. However, Gelish boasts of a 3 week wear, has larger-sized bottles, and is available in more colors than Shellac – 72 to be exact.
The original 48 Gelish colors:
Even more, newly released colors:
For Shellac’s 48 color swatches, go here.
Gelish is more difficult to find than Shellac due CND’s popularity, but overall the products are pretty indistinguishable. The Nail Teacher tends to root for the underdog, so I personally prefer Gelish for its color variety and slightly cheaper price. Maybe Shellac should be jealous of Gelish? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun.) Be sure to check out our extensive Gelish review and tutorial, I plan on posting one soon for Shellac as well. Whichever you choose – enjoy this revolution of safe, long-lasting manicures!