Gel nails or Acrylic nails? Which should I prefer? Many of us might have asked or been asked when doing nails at home or in a salon store. It is quite a simple question but bothers us sometimes. After this article, you might get your answer easily.


Mutual Advantages:

1. Both gel and acrylic can be used with or without a nail tip for added length.

2. Both need to be filled every 2 weeks or so.

3. Both can be worn long or short without any considerable difference between the two.

4. Both types of artificial nails can also be filed into square, round or pearl shapes.

Advantages of Gel Nails:

1. The application method and products are odorless.

2. Gel nails tend to have a more natural and glossy appearance.

3. As with all artificial nails, nail polish has long lasting staying power.

4. There is little to no filling with Gel applications. Great for people who can't stand the filling motion when  applying artificial nails.

5. Gel nails do not require the same type of strong-smelling chemicals to apply or remove.

6. Thinner and more flexible than its acrylic counterpart and may be a better choice for women with thin, soft nail beds.

7. Faster curing time. Most gel nails are cured under UV lamp; some cure with a gel activator and do not require UV lamp (no-light gels).

8. Gel nails can be applied with or without a base or primer.(CND GEL uses a non-acid primer to bond the gel to the nail). If primer is appliedcorrectly, it does not damage the nail bed.

Negatives of gel nails:

1. Skills needed to apply them correctly, they tend to cost a bit more.

2. Gel nails are more expensive but break a lot easier than other varieties of artificial nails.

3. Less durable as compared to acrylic and hence don't last as long.

Advantages of Acrylic Nails:

1. Lasts longer than gel nails.

2. Usually cheaper than gel nail application.

3. They are durable.

4. They are strong.

5. They are non-yellowing.

6. Acrylic nails come in lots of colors and glitters and can be used for 3D nail art.

Negatives of Acrylic Nails:

1. Slower curing time. Acrylic liquidand powder are applied to the nail and the acrylic nails.

2. If they are not applied properly, they can look thick and very fake.

3. Acrylic nails are hard and very robust, when applied correctly.

4. There is also a strong smell associated with some of the chemicals that are involved in the nail care process.