How well do you gel?

How well do you gel?


What's the big deal about gel nails? Everything!

If you go for professional manicures, more than likely, you've been asked: regular or gel? What's the difference? Is gel worth the extra money? Is it really life changing, merely hype, or just a hassle? Here, the deets on gels to help you figure if they're for you.

The scoop:

While gel costs more than traditional nail color, there are some major advantages. The technology behind it: gel nails are formulated with an ingredient that makes the polish photo-reactive. Whether you go to a salon or DIY, after gel polish is applied the finish is cured under a special LED or UV light (since UV exposure poses risks, more salons and at-home kits use LED lights). Almost instantly, your nails are completely dry, with a shiny glossy finish. Gone is the dreaded downtime watching your nails dry (without smudging them). A gel mani also holds up beautifully for 2-3 weeks and the finish never dulls or chips…a big benefit over traditional polish.

Salon or DIY?

The longer-lasting nature of a gel manicure could save you money in the long run, but you'll shell out a lot more up-front when you have it done professionally. A salon gel mani can be 3-4 times pricier than a traditional one. You'll also probably pay another $10-$20 to have the gel removed, and the polish literally needs to be soaked off with polish remover.

If you're the DIY type, there are some very affordable at-home kits and LED lamps designed to help you achieve the look and durability of gel nails on your own. Ideal for beginners, KISS Brush-on Gel Nail Kit contains all you need! It's a great option if you're looking to experiment with gel nails but don't want to spend a ton of money.

Hassle-Free Gel Nails

There's a fabulous alternative that allows you to reap all the benefits of a gel mani without the hassle or expense: ImPRESS Press-On Manicure. These one step gel press-ons look like your own nails (only better!) and they stay perfect for up to 7 days. The secret? An innovative gel finish doesn't chip or dull, and a unique dual-layer adhesive holds the nails in place. There is no glue, no drying time, no damage. Plus, imPRESS Press-on Manicure comes in a huge variety of colors and styles to suit your personality. To see for yourself, give 'em a try!