Gels or Acrylics??

So for special occasions or when I’m going away on holidays I always love to get my nails done. Normally I would go for just a shellac colour on my nails as my nails are naturally long and I keep them in good shape. This time round I went for acrylics. I’ve had gel nails on before which I loved and this is my second time for acrylic nails and in my opinion I much prefer them!

(Square Acrylics)

The difference between gel and acrylic nails is that gel nails only harden when exposed to UV light. Gel polishes are similar to nail polish you have a base coat, polish color and top coat. Each coat has to be cured in the UV light for two to three minutes. Acrylic nails are applied using a liquid monomer and a powder polymer to create a hard protective layer over your natural nails. Acrylics only harden when exposed to air. When the acrylic hardens, it provides a perfect canvas for applying nail color. No uv light is needed for acrylic nails!

(Stiletto Gels)


From my experience with both gel and acrylics I find that acrylic nails personally feel more natural to me. They feel much lighter as if they were my own nails whereas gels can be much thinker and don’t tend to look as natural? (That’s just my opinion anyway)

They say that they can last up to 2 weeks which is pretty similar to shellac nails! While I had my gel nails on they lasted for just under 2 weeks, 10 days to be exact and they weren’t cheap either…

My acrylic nails which I only took off the other day lasted me for over 2 weeks and I say would have lasted longer only for I wanted to take them off and give my nails a break. 

(Stiletto Acrylics)


I feel with acrylic nails they can be shaped much easier then gel nails and also if they break which has happened to me they are a lot easier to fix with a nail file then gel nails are. I will definitely from now on be getting acrylics when I get my nails done I just love them!
Let me know what your opinions are on false nails 
Much love Ciara Xxx

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