The traditional acrylic application process includes a rubber cement-like consistency primer being dipped into acrylic powder, quickly heated in light, and brushed over the nail.
For the pictures above, my nail technician sanded in preparation for both the acrylics and gels, and because she was applying the different nail enhancements simultaneously, I did place my acrylic nails under UV light, although it was probably not needed to cure them. Although I see the appeal of artificial nail enhancements, I still prefer my natural nails’ shape. I hope this gives you the information you need to choose between natural or natural-looking artificial nail enhancements.
I have acrylic overlay on my nails right now, I have natural nails that are so weak and bendy without the overlay that when I wash my hair, crochet, type ect. PS I am looking into doing the gel polish… but dont think that it would stay on my nails… wht do you think about the gel polish ?
The primary benefit of GelColor by OPI over CND Shellac for both nail technicians and clients alike is that GelColor cures with an LED light in one-third the time of traditional gel manicures, which cure under a UV light. One of the perks of being a licensed cosmetologist is access to professional-only shops that carry products like GelColor by OPI* and CND Shellac. Like CND Shellac and other gel hybrid manicures, GelColor by OPI is not meant for women who get bored with their nail polish color quickly.
The GelColor by OPI polishes that I tested were You Don’t Know Jacques, Kyoto Pearl and Bubble Bath (scroll down to view the gallery).
Like CND Shellac, my GelColor by OPI manicures each lasted a max of 14 days, which is great for my needs.
GelColor by OPI and CND Shellac are very comparable and worthy options for a gel hybrid manicure.
I know your post is almost 5 months old, but, I wanted to let you know you are not the only person experiencing problems with weak nails after CND Shellac. I would like to know if anyone having this same problem after using Shellac has tried the OPI Gelcolor and had less damage to their nails. And…has anyone noticed a difference when using a regular non-OPI uv light opposed to the Axxium UV or OPI LED light?
I’ve had both the OPI and the CND Shellac, and after using them for about 3 cycles, (re-doing them every 2 weeks), my usually hard, rather thick nails, were reduced to thin infant like nails.
I prefer the alcohol swabs since you can get a lot for very cheap over buying rubbing alcohol and then lint free pads. One of the bloggers I read, buys her from THIS SELLER on ebay which carries different versions which are fun.
I then put on the guides making sure to crease around the nail so polish doesn’t bleed underneath. Then remove the guides, I normally don’t have issues with white being underneath the guides. I used little princess and wanted very little color so I only did one coat, but if you want a pink or more tan color you can do that or more coats. The reason I do this method is because from the side you can see the tips are not a lot higher than the rest of the nail.
CND Base coat preps your nails for polish, smoothing out any ridges and imperfections, just like a primer would on your face.
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Since I’m a DIYer when it comes to manicures, this opinions expressed in this review are based on my experience, not a salon manicure. If applied correctly, a GelColor by OPI manicure should remain shiny and chip-free for at least 14 days.
As far as the preparation and application of GelColor by OPI, it is very similar to Shellac. My manicure was still chip free at the 14-day mark, so regrowth was my primary motivation for removal. If you are looking for a nail solution for a shiny and chip-free manicure that lasts at least two weeks, GelColor by OPI and CND Shellac are definitely worth trying.
The technician should be removing the product by applying small pads soaked in acetone to your nails for ten minutes, and then pushing off using an orange wood stick. They used to peel off especially at high altitude and dry climates (which is where I live).
I was trying to figure out what system to go with shellac vs the OPI gels and I do believe I will be using the OPI gels and buy the LED light! However, if some polish got below you can use a q tip dipped in rubbing alcohol to get it off.
It will also protect your nails from nasty yellow staining, and can make weak nails feel harder and more durable.
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While acrylics dry, they feel as if they tighten on the natural nail, and end up rigid and strong. I have noticed some pin head red dots developing around my cuticles and sides of fingers, and I have peeling skin as far bk as the first knuckle. I have done several “tests” on clients where i have done one hand shellac and one hand luxio and EVERYONE said the luxio lasted about a week longer!
The GelColor bottle and brush are the same as OPI nail polish, which makes application easy.
Nail clients will need to return to the salon for removal, which should take under 15 minutes and cause no damage to your nails. As a cosmetologist, the OPI GelColor costs just $2 more per bottle over the Shellac – but the OPI bottle is DOUBLE the size of Shellac (I believe a nail professional gets approx.
I really like its ease of application, and found that it does not shrink back on the nail like the Shellac does.
I have never experienced any damage or weakness in my nails with either CND Shellac or GelColor by OPI.

There should be no filing on top of the nail bed, drilling, clipping it off with cuticle trimmers, etc.
I know that Sensationail sells their own kit that has white tips that get stuck on, and I have seen people do it successfully. Since it wasn’t cured since it was under the guide it will come off with the alcohol. And time is on your side because this versatile gel polish cures quickly under either LED or UV light.
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If I was able to coat the free edge well with the base coat, color coats, and top coat, I did not experience shrinking.
I am a former hairdresser, so with a cosmetology license I am able to purchase items like GelColor by OPI and CND Shellac from professional-only stores.
I have always had naturally thin nails that are prone to peeling, and I actually feel that my nails are in better condition thanks to using these products since my nails are protected by the Shellac or GelColor. I need to do my nails tomorrow, so I’m going to pay more attention than usual and see if I can come up with anything. If there is a stubborn spot, you can always use acetone, but honestly if there is a small spot I can normally wipe it off with my finger. Then redo the whole process using a nail guide, but I don’t like this method because the tip is a lot higher then the rest of the nail.
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After trial and error, I doubled OPI’s recommendations for cure times using the OPI Axxium UV Light. This is only true with a LED light; as I mentioned in the post, under a UV light OPI GelColor takes longer than Shellac to cure.
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