Shellac vs. Gel Manicure: Everything You Need to Know

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Shellac nails and gel manicures are both long-lasting, durable nail polishes that are applied under a UV or LED lamp.

Shellac is a hybrid of traditional nail polish and gel polish, while gel polish is made entirely of gel 

Shellac is thinner and more flexible than gel polish, making it less likely to chip or break 

Gel polish is thicker and more rigid than shellac, making it more durable but also more likely to chip or break.

Shellac manicures typically last for 2-3 weeks, while gel manicures can last for up to 4 weeks 

Shellac is easier to remove than gel polish, and can be removed at home with acetone or a special shellac removal solution.

Gel polish is more difficult to remove, and typically requires a trip to the salon 

Shellac is available in a wider range of colors and finishes than gel polish.

Gel polish is more expensive than shellac