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The difference between Acrylic, Gel & Shellac Nails

Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails are the classic artificial nails consisting of a combination of liquid monomer and a powder polymer. They are placed over your natural nails and create a hard protective layer. The product hardens as it is exposed to the air.

Since acrylic is transparent, any nail polish can be added after. They can either match the shape of the nail or extend it.

Gel Nails

Gels are another option for having artificial nails. They are pretty similar to Acrylics, but have different ingredients and different application techniques. Gel polish is brushed onto your nails in three steps: a base coat, polish color, and top coat. Each coat has to be cured (hardened) under a UV light for two to three minutes.

Shellac Nails

Shellac is the brand name for a new, patent pending, nail product created by Creative Nail Design (CND). It is a hybrid, meaning it is a blend of nail polish and gel.

The product can be applied similarly to nail polish on your natural nails without sculpting or filing. It is cured through UV lighting.

In the long run Shellac is a lot less damaging to nails than traditional Gels and Acrylics.

The main benefit is that it reduces chipping.

SNS Nails

SNS is a patented new powder dipping product line that is proven to protect the nails from harm. The powders are packed with nutrients/vitamins A, D, E, and B5 plus calcium. The formula is known to improve the nail beds health. 

The nails become super-strong, with a durable surface that lasts a full two weeks.

It almost has no odors and does not need UV lighting anymore to cure.


If you need further information about SNS products click here.

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