Lipgloss Break: Gelac vs. Shellac

Gelac vs. Shellac


Many of you know that I'm totally obsessed with CND Shellac. I've done many posts displaying the different colors in the line and demonstrating how chip-resistant it is. CND just released new colors, and my friend Tina and I were super excited about them! The problem is: they are sold out. Shellac is such a hit in the industry and a growing trend, CND can't keep up with the orders.

So, feeling a little let down and limited by color options, my friend Tina, who also does my Shellac manicures, found IBD's Gelac. Gelac is described just like Shellac, as the 14-day manicure. The difference is there are a TON of Gelac colors! Gelac needs to be cured just like Shellac, and has one extra step, which is the 'prep' step.We 'held back' and only purchased 3 colors to start with, Pink Wink, Rosy Future and Black Licorice. Tina did my nails in Pink Wink on Sunday (pictured), which is really really light and would be nice with a french manicure. Sometimes I like the really light ones because it's easier to camouflage new growth. It's a very natural, clean look. It's holding up well, but we still have 11 more days to go!

Has anyone tried Gelac yet? If so, please leave a comment and let me know what you thought! I'll keep everyone updated on my experience, and let you know if its a good substitution for Shellac, or at least when you want to experience more colors!

8 comments:

  1. This is great information!

    Did you find the Gelac product held up as well as the Shellac product?

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  2. Did you find that shelac stays on longer than then gelac?

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  3. Yes, it does. Gelac stayed on for about 4-5 solid days. Shellac can last up to 14 days!

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  4. it seems that noone has anything good to say about it on this blog though... http://www.salongeek.com/nail-geek/141144-gelac-shellac.html ... also with shellac you can layer the colours so you can get way more colours - check it out http://www.creativeacademy.ie/Layering%20Shellac.pdf

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  5. have had shellac and gelac cant see much diference more colours in gelac and the last time it was in place (almost perfect) for over 3 weeks.

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  6. Gelac seemed to work better for me and my sisters than Shellac. Shellac came off and had problems with peeling and chipping by the end of the first week. Almost every time we did GELAC, it lasted well over the two weeks. The only thing we noticed was that nail growth forced us back to have them redone. We would pick the Gelac over Shellac every time.

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  7. Im a nail technician from Jamaica i recently decided on offering d shellac to my clients, but after i read this blog and seen these reviews i think im going for the gelac instead.

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  8. Hey,
    Thanks for sharing this great info! I like shellac

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