So you've probably heard all about Shellac, so what about Gelish? Gelish is also a gel-polish made by Hand and Nail Harmony. Both Shellac and Gelish are applied like polish from polish bottles and are cured under a UV Lamp. Neither requires filing the nails surface before application and both are removed by soaking in acetone. Both Shellac and Gelish are Formaldehyde, toluene and DBP free so contain no nasty chemicals.

Which is safest, Gelish or Shellac?

There is an argument that Shellac is better because you don't buff the natural nail before hand, therefore you aren't damaging the natural nail. This is not correct! Gelish only advises a light buffing off the nail surface not filing, which doesn't harm your natural nail whatsoever as long as it is done properly! If anything this is of benefit to the nail as it smoothes over the nail base, preventing it from flaking.

Best colour range, Gelish or Shellac?

Gelish currently offers 112 gel polish colours while Shellac is offering 40.

Which lasts longer?

Gelish advises a three week manicure, while Shellac claims two weeks plus in their marketing.


With these products, I don't think it's a matter of one being better than the other. Currently, Shellac is better known due to CND's superior marketing. However, I do believe Gelish is more durable and better for people who are harder on their nails, the slightly longer last and the wider range of colours available is the reason I chose to use the Gelish product over Shellac.