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Acrylic Nails vs. Gel Nails

Acrylic and Gel nails are two both famous kinds of artificial nails that are most probably used by women and girls all around the world. Beautiful hands along with tidy and good shaped nails impose a great impact on the overall personality of a person. Especially whenever it comes about women, long, tidy and well-maintained nail are prioritized by most of the people around. In the current modern time where fashion is the priority of everyone and want to explore all the trendy stuff that is available on the market. Acrylic Nails and Gel Nails both are the artificial extension of the natural nails and provide more beauty and elegance to the nature ones. The main difference in both these artificial nails is that Acrylic Nails are common and traditional sort of artificial nails that are not that much glossy but are durable in nature. If they are not attached properly, one can easily distinguish them as fake. On the other hand, Gel nails are made up of a combination of soft and hard gel, and are glossier and look more real.

Key Differences

Gel Nails are more natural looking and glossy as compare to Acrylic nails.
Aimie Carlson
Jul 03, 2017
Gel Nails are modern sort of artificial nail enhancement.
Acrylic Nails are common sort of artificial nail enhancement.
Gel Nails lasts only 14 days.
Harlon Moss
Jul 03, 2017
Acrylic Nails are cheaper than Gel Nails.
Harlon Moss
Jul 03, 2017
Acrylic Nails are more durable and long-lasting.

Comparison Chart


Artificial nail extension
Artificial Nail extension


Less natural look than Gel Nails.
Natural and Glossy.


More durable and longer-lasting than Gel Nails.
Last only for 14 days maximum.


Usually are cheaper as compare to Gel Nails.
Quite costly as compared to Acrylic Nails.
Janet White
Jul 03, 2017

What is Acrylic Nails?

Acrylic Nails are the common sort of artificial nails that are used in almost every part of the world by millions of women for the enhancement of their natural nails. All sort of artificial nail extensions as a whole is categorized as Acrylic Nails. Acrylic Nails more specifically contains the kind of artificial nail extension which is more traditional and is in use for a long time. Acrylic sort of nails is solid and durable artificial nails that cannot be broken or removed easily. The basic thing that needs all the attention is fixing of the Acrylic nails, and all above is their care and maintenance. They can easily be differentiated if they are not fixed properly and will depict its fakeness. All the artificial nail enhancements are made up of plastics. The most common and particular sort of plastic material used in the manufacturing of Acrylic nails is Polymethyl methacrylate acrylic, which is a combination of ethyl methacrylate in liquid form and excessive polymer powder. Acrylic Nails are recommended to be fixed by professional beauticians who are experienced and know well which sort of design will be appropriate for your specific nails. Most of the times women prefer to have the latest fashion of the most trendy style of artificial nail extension, which is totally against their natural nail shape, and when due to their insist for that they apply the trendy look on their nails, it looks horrible and easily distinguished as fake. A lot depend on the stylist and beautician as if wrongly applied acrylic nails may look appropriate but internally they can be corrosive and can damage the nail bed of your natural nails. Which can, later on, cause damage to the skin beneath the nails and can even cause serious allergic reactions too. Common sort of Acrylic nails is cheaper as compare to Gel Nails and another premium type of nails. These nails can be manicured as natural or other kinds of artificial nails such as Gel Nails.

What is Gel Nails?

Gel Nails are the new and modern type of artificial nail extension of natural nails that give glossier and more natural look as compare to common sort of Acrylic nails. They are the latest and trendiest fashion statement and are preferred nowadays all around the globe. Although they are more widely used in the professional fashion industry their use by common women is also increasing day by day. Gel Nails are the revolutionary artificial nails that one cannot differentiate between them and natural nails. Like other, most of the other artificial and Acrylic Nails Gel nails are also made up of Polymethyl methacrylate acrylic, but they have some additional material like UV Top coating, which is resin and save from ultraviolet rays and give that more natural look to the nails. Gel Nails are quite costly as compare to Acrylic nails. Gel nails like the natural nails need to be manicured similarly. They only last up to 14 days and needs to be filled again for further use. They too can cause fungal infection if repeatedly exposed towards water like Acrylic nails.

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