Gel polish has been a game changer in the nail industry – both for salons and DIY nail enthusiasts. The idea of having a perfect, chip-free manicure for 2 weeks without resorting to false nails was just a dream until a few short years ago. Gel polish has turned out to be so popular that there are many brands offering gel polish ranges.
We have waded through all the brands and put together a list of the 10 Must-Have Gel Polish Brands for the Curiosity.
Harmony Gelish was the first brush-in-bottle gel polish to be created for salons and because of their excellent quality; it remains one of the best gel polish brands. Harmony Gelish is typically available to purchase by salons and nail technicians only. Consumers can purchase it through online stores, but do note it comes with a salon-quality price tag!
Harmony promises 3 weeks of no chipping. That is quite a claim – most gel polishes only promise 10-14 days. The polish comes as part of a full Gelish system, as in trusted by nail techs worldwide.
OPI is already well known for its good quality traditional nail polishes, and their quality carries through to the Gelcolor. Colors – though not as expansive as their traditional range – includes consumer favorites.
OPI Gelcolor can be found at salons, in stores, and online. OPI Gelcolor is 100% Gel, but has the look and feel of nail lacquer, so you can get the same look as your favorite polish, but it lasts much longer. OPI has a quick curing time of 30 seconds, allowing you to get your nails done in record time.
As with Harmony – only licensed beauty professionals can order directly from CND, but consumers can purchase through independent online sellers. CND Shellac is known to be one of best gel polish brands around.
CND Shellac polishes are suitable for layering, and come in an incredibly large range of 102 shades. This will provide you with endless options for beautiful nails. CND claims the Shellac will last for 14+ days with no damage.
The CND Shellac system includes a base coat, the color, a top coat, and an LED lamp. Best of all – it only takes 5 minutes to remove!
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel
The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel system is unique in that it doesn’t have a base coat and doesn’t need an LED lamp. Apply two coats of the Miracle Gel color, wait for 5 minutes, then finish off with one coat of the Miracle Gel Top Coat. To remove, simply use your regular nail polish remover. This product is perfect for consumers who want to have the benefit of gel nails, without having to go to a salon or get a lamp.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel comes in over 70 fashionable shades and is very affordable, making it one of the best gel polish brands for home use.
IBD Just Gel
IBD (International Beauty Design) has been a leader in the Nail Care industry for over four decades. IBD Just Gel is a 100% true gel polish, but goes smoothly like traditional polish. A benefit of Just Gel is that is compatible with other gel systems.
Curing is done quickly under a UV or LED lamp, and removal is done in just 10 minutes. Just Gel comes in a wide range of colors, but also launches new colors for each season.
Bio Sculpture Gel
If you want to ensure your nails stay healthy and strong, but love having a pop of color on then, then Bio Sculpture Gel may be your answer. The odorless gels are used without a base coat, primers or bonders. This allows the nails to grow stronger.
Bio Sculpture Gel comes in flexible, medium and strong finishes and the soak off gels are removed safely in 10 – 20 minutes.
Bio Sculpture Gel nails can be done in a salon or at home.
Bio Seaweed Gel
Bio Seaweed Gel is also a leader in healthy gel nail products. It contains none of the ‘Big 5’ – Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, BHA or Solvents.
The UNITY all-in-one Gel Polish combine the base coat, top coat, color and strengthener all in one bottle. It cures to the touch using a UV/LED lamp. To remove it only requires 5 minutes to soak off and there is no dehydration or weakening of the nail.
With 172 colors you will be spoilt for choice.
Red Carpet Manicure
Red Carpet Manicure is not a very well-known brand of Gel polishes, but it makes the list for being very affordable. It is an at-home gel manicure kit, and very simple to use. Paint the gel polish on your nail – as with traditional polish – then cure each layer under a UV lamp for 30 seconds. You can buy the complete start kit from the Red Carpet Manicure website.
Essie Gel Couture
No list gel nail polish brands list would be complete without including Essie. Essie Gel Couture uses an easy two-step system and no LED lamp. Essie Gel Couture gives you up to 14 days of beautiful nails. Their color range – while beautiful – is quite limited with only 42 colors. The unique swirl-stem nail polish brush promises perfect color coverage.
NSI Polish Pro
Rather than just a blend of polish and gel, NSI Polish Pro is a blend of ingredients designed to create a resilient manicure or pedicure. Polish Pro is cured using a UV/LED lamp and lasts for 2 weeks without damage. The gel system using a base coat, color, and top coat (gloss or matte).
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