Earlier last year, I got back into doing acrylic nails again after not doing them for about 6 years. I’ve been thinking a lot about the differences, pros vs. cons, etc and decided to discuss it here.
Let’s start with the pros and cons of gel:
- Self leveling – Gel automatically forms to the shape of your nail and makes a smooth surface. This leaves you with little to no filing time.
- Less strong chemical smell – While gel does still have a distinctive smell, it’s not nearly as powerful as acrylic.
- Flexibility – This makes the gel more difficult to break and easier to clip if you want to change the length or shape.
- Viscosity – Gel is very runny so you can easily make a mess if you’re not careful.
- Lamp required – Since gel doesn’t cure on it’s own, you’ll have to purchase a lamp to use.
- Under Cure – You think you cured your nail long enough but turns out it’s not and the gel is still malleable and susceptible to rips and tears.
- Cost – Gel cost quite a bit more to buy than acrylic does and as mentioned above, you will also have to buy a lamp.
Now on to the pros and cons of acrylic:
- Ease of use – Proper application is really simple and easy to learn.
- No lamp required – Just give it a few minutes and it’ll cure on it’s own.
- Faster – Acrylic sets don’t take as long because you don’t have to keep putting your nails in and out of a lamp.
- Tedious to soak off – Acrylic takes much longer than gel to soak off nails and many times you’ll have to repeat the process to remove it all.
- Difficult to master – I only say this because it takes time and patient to get down the proper liquid to powder ratio.
- Dulls nails – They’re not very good for scratching an itch since they are not sharp at all.
So here is my list based on my experiences. Please, share yours in the comments below!