I've got a real love for the new gel polishes that came out within the last year or so. They have great colors which are incredibly glossy and - best of all - they are nigh indestructible.
More about the pros and cons of gel polish after the jump.
|Nails by Sid Sloth|
There are several brands of this new gel-based polish. Shellac and Gelish are the two main brands we see here on the East Coast, and I have to say that Gelish wins the day. It has more (and better) colors, but also most of its colors have a matching regular polish so that you can get your toes done with the same color you used on your finger nails. Both brands retain their color and gloss for the entire time you wear them; it will look as good on day 14 as it did on day 1 (except, you know, all grown out).
|This UV light sets the polish|
Therein lies a small downside of the gel polishes - they are indestructible and they retain their gloss, yes, however, you pay for that at polish change time because you have to soak the polish off. You end up soaking your nails in acetone for about 10 minutes, then the polish flakes right off.
Another small downside is that it does cost more. How much more depends on where you go. I was getting absolutely shanghai'd by the fancy spa near my house - $42 for the polish, and $18 for the soak-off fee. Most strip mall places will do it for $27, and there's no soak off fee. (Suck it, fancy pants place!)
For someone like me who types constantly, normal polish is a wreck in about 4 days. I've been wearing this gel stuff consistently for about a year and I've managed to mar it even slightly only once. I was slicing a loaf of french bread and sliced right through my nail and its polish. (Ow.)
I tried to get a picture of the before and after to show you how perfect my old polish still was after 23 days (slack, I know), but have you ever tried to take a picture of your own hand with your phone? The results were not so hot, but you can see there's not so much as a chip and they still gleam pretty nicely.
|23 days of wear|
All in all, if you are the manicure-getting kind of gal, I highly recommend this polish. It looks great and it's nigh impossible to scratch, chip or otherwise mutilate.