Nail Trends: Gelish Gel Nail Polish

By Michelle Saunders
A recent cover of Vanity Fair. Nails by Michelle Saunders

A recent cover of Vanity Fair. Nails by Michelle Saunders

Nails! It’s all about nails in 2010, and everything goes! From green to gold, manicurists are applying all kinds of color, texture and art to nails. The best part? Aside from all the fun nail trends, there are now new innovative ways to keep that manicure looking its best. I was recently introduced to a new product hot off the nail market called Gelish. The name describes it – a gel that is a polish. It comes in every hip color you can imagine. It’s not the first gel nail product of its kind, but so far it’s the best I have used.

Using Gelish is a four-coat process similar to polishing nails. There is a base coat, two coats of color, and a top coat. All of which must be cured under a lamp – but it’s no ordinary lamp. Nail Harmony, the company that created Gelish, created an LCD lamp that cures the product in 30 seconds! Once applied, it dries instantly and can last up to 3 weeks. And if you want your manicure to look perfect always, all you have to do is visit your manicurist at least every other week to have a fill or a fresh coat applied. I predict a gel polish like this will replace old-fashioned acrylic nails and maybe even nail polish some day.

Recently on fashion editorials, the art directors have been asking for a longer, oval nail. The resurgence of oval shaped nails has required the use of nail tips again. Working with models and celebrities who request their nails stay in-tact, we as manicurists have had to come up with new, safe and innovative ways to extend nails. The new process is temporary, and it’s similar to Lee Press-On nails but so much better and a lot more current.

Twilight Eclipse stars with oval shaped nails.

Twilight Eclipse stars with oval shaped nails.


Michelle Saunders is a Los Angeles-based celebrity manicurist. Michelle is on the forefront of nail trends and innovations. Celeb clients include Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes, Zoe Saldana, Kate Beckinsale, Mila Kunis and Kim Cattrall. Her work regularly graces the covers of magazines including Life, Glamour, Vanity Fair and Vogue. Click here to see Michelle’s portfolio.


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11 Responses to “Nail Trends: Gelish Gel Nail Polish”

  1. Connie Roehr says:

    I have enjoyed Shellac but have leaned the product is back ordered for 2 months! I am very disturbed having clients to change over to their products from nail polish and acrylics.
    I have never been successful with gels on the natural nail without a tip.
    Does gelish work like shellac? Again, I have been very successful with Shellac not chipping off the nail plate.
    Thanks, Connie

  2. Marcy C - Wrinkle Tips Guru says:

    Does Michelle only accept celeb clients, or can average Joe’s like me get time with her for a manicure?

  3. Caryn says:

    I just had my natural nails done with GELISH…and I must say I do love it already. It dries so fast under the UV. I am going to put this 14 day manicure to the test…I will let you now how it goes. :)

  4. Dawn says:

    Had a Gelish manicure for the first time on Oct 30, today is Nov 9 and my nails look the same as the day I had them done! I have no fading, peeling, cracking….nothing! I have natural long nails that never kept polish and I’m not a fan of using acrylics or anything harsh, so this is a fantastic alternative. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to a manicure without Gelish!

  5. Roberta says:

    I like Gelish for people that are rough and abusive with their nails. Shellac for the delicate

  6. Jenna says:

    Been using Gellish for 5 weeks now….was a shellac user. i find shellac is good, healthy nails, gellish is a little stronger. a bit more odor too. actually think gellish stays on stronger.

    Absolutely love both products!

  7. susan says:

    is gelish safe

  8. Kim says:

    I have been getting the OPI Gel polish on my nails for about 2mths now. I am going to try the Shellac this Friday. I am very rough on my nails. I just want to see the difference between the two. It sounds like I may need to stick with the Gel. Guess I will find out soon.

  9. Allison says:

    I had it on my nails for almost 3 weeks! The only reason I had to soak them off is because my nails had grown out! Otherwise, I wouldn’t have had to take them off! They didn’t chip, peel or anything! Getting it again today for a wedding!

  10. Debby says:

    I had my nails done 19 days ago with gel and if not for the nail growth they were just as pretty as the day they done! It was my first manicure and I am almost 60! I will continue with the gel as my nails look great. My hands are rather “rugged” looking and that’s why I did not want to draw attention to them by doing my nails, If yo know what I mean! But this gel thing is absolutely the GREATIST!!

  11. Amy says:

    I wanted to know how come when I do gellish, by the end of the process the cuticle paint strink even when I tried to polish as close to the cuticle as possible. By the time i’ spraying alcohol at the end of the service to cure it ….. It looks like I didnt do a good job polishing. Please reply if you have any ideas. Thank you

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