What Are the Best Gel Nail Polish Brands?

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Among the best gel nail polish brands are CND Shellac, Harmony Gelish and Opi Gelcolor, according to Nails & Polish. Real Simple recommends Red Carpet Manicure. Beautezine points out that the polishes featured in do-it-yourself kits with soak-off gels are all interchangeable since all of them dry under UV or LED lights.

Red Carpet Manicure provides a do-it-yourself gel manicure that lasts up to two weeks. Nail & Polish also recommends Essie Gel, TruGel, IBD Just Gel, Star Nail Eco, NSI Polish Pro and Sally Hansen Pro Gel as among the best brands of gel polish.

Gel nail polish provides a manicure that promises to stay chip-free for two weeks or more. The chemical components of the polish are different than those of standard polishes, and gel polish must be "cured" under UV or LED lights to dry. However, gel polishes come with some dangers. Repeated exposure to the UV lights involved may provide little exposure to radiation, but the UV light is likely to wrinkle and age skin on the hands. In addition, the polish must be soaked off rather than removed with nail polish remover. Trying to remove polish without adequate soaking can cause nails to be severely damaged and even loosened from the nail bed. If gel polish is used repeatedly without allowing nails to be exposed to the air, oxygen transfer is blocked, resulting in thin and weak nails.