A gel manicure and a Shellac manicure are essentially the same thing: long-lasting polishes cured under UV lamps.
The difference is that “gel nails” or “manicure” is the generic term for nails done under a UV lamp, while Shellac is a brand of gel nails by the company Creative Nail Design (CND).
Which is better shellac or gel nails?
Shellac nail polish is thinner than gel, so generally shellac nails tend to start to ‘break down’ around two weeks, whereas gel nails can last up to three.
Which is kinder to nails gel or shellac?
The main difference between gel and Shellac polish is the formula. Gelish is a gel form of polish whereas Shellac is actually a form of permanent nail polish as outlined by the Apprentice Beauty Blogger. A gel polish is liquid gel which is cured under a UV lamp.
How long do Shellac Nails last?
about two weeks
Does shellac ruin your natural nails?
A 2012 study has found that gel manicures like Shellac cause significant brittleness, weakness, and thinning. After the manicure, the nails of one of the subjects were 50% thinner! Whatever the cause, Shellac manicure does cause damage to your natural nails. That’s enough for me to stick to regular nail polishes.