What is gel polish?

Gel Polish is available in two types, hard and soft.

The hard gel is hard enough to create nail extensions which is achieved by using the gel to extend the natural nail.

The soft gels cannot be used to create such an extension. However, they are becoming more and more popular for salon manicures. This type of manicure can see the colours lasting for over two weeks without cracking, splitting or peeling.


It’s all too easy to confuse gel polishes with acrylic nails. These use either a liquid (monomer) or a powder (polymer). Gels are a liquid and come in either bottles or pots. After application gels need “curing” under a UV light. Depending on the power of the light this can be as little as 10 seconds (at the time of writing). The newer types of lamps utilise LED bulbs which leads to longevity especially when compared to normal bulb lamps.

Hard gels allow those that are allergic to acrylic nails to enjoy a nail extension that otherwise would be denied to them.

Acrylic nails have been available to the public for much longer than gel nails which are a relatively new option for the nail industry and salons.

People who use gel polishes have voiced that they feel more natural than acrylics which can be hard and unyielding.

As gel polishes are more difficult to apply than a normal polish then it is safe to assume that they are trickier to remove than a normal polish. They do infact require soaking in acetone for up to 15 minutes before they can be removed.

Once removed then this may be the first time the nails have been exposed to the open air in more than two weeks. In this case it is very important to nourish the nail and cuticle with a good cuticle oil. This can also be done to the cuticle and surrounding skin once the manicure has been applied.


Nail Manicure

All Things Gel Polish

From manicures for hands to pedicures for feet we really love a good pampering session for our nails.

And while a good salon is without doubt one of life’s luxuries that we look forward to, on the odd occasion it may be more prudent to undertake a little nail upgrade ourselves.

Nail varnishes have been around years and come in a variety of colours and finishes. A relative newcomer to the market however is gel polish. While a good nail varnish will last quite a few days without chipping a correctly applied gel polish manicure can stay intact for upwards of two weeks. In fact, the nail starts to grow out before the polish needs removing and reapplying.

There are many finishes and shades similar to nail varnish that can be found in the gel polish camp.

The gel polish manicure consists of a base coat, a colour coat, and then a hardening topcoat for protection. After each of these layers are applied the coat is cured under a UV light for 30 seconds or more, depending on the strength of the light.

Gel polish can be used to apply a French manicure, a glitzy glitter finish, a simple colour, temperature changing gel colour, and magnetic cats eye, a blossom effect, or an ombre effect.

All in all, there will be something available in gel polish that everyone will find appealing to them and their individual tastes.

CND were the first manufacturers to produce a gel polish and is still one of the leaders in this market today. However, there are many pretenders to the throne, and some of them are cheaper with the same quality of the original CND gel polish. One of these is Bluesky gel polish and is available worldwide. While CND is restricted to under 100 colours, the Bluesky manufacturers keep churning out new colours on a frequent basis. To date they have created over 1000 colours. And while this may seem a little excessive does give us the consumer lots of choice.

So why not give gel polish ago, a lamp and starter pack of gels can be had for under £50. Try it, you’re going to like it.