GEL NAILS AND Acrylic

are artificial nail enhancements done in place of natural nails. Gel Nails tend to provide a more glossy and natural look whereas Acrylic are more sturdy and durable as compared to gel

                       Comparison chart

  Gel Nails Acrylic Nails
What are they?
Artificial Nail enhancements
Artificial Nail enhancements
Appearance
Natural, glossy Freshly-manicured for up to 25 days
May look less natural than gel nails, especially if applied incorrectly.
Cost
550kr - to 800kr Salons typically start with manicure price and add an upcharge up to 50%
Generally cheaper than gel nail application.

Durability

Up to25days

Up to25days
Corrosive effect Gel nails can be applied with or without a base or primer.(LOTUS GEL with no primer needed ). If primer is applied correctly, it does not damage the nail bed.
If properly applied with the correct quantity, primers(with or without methacrylic acid) do not etch or damage the nail bed. However, skin contact needs to be avoided to reduce the risk of allergic reaction.
Curing techniques
Faster curing time. Most gel nails are cured under uv-light; some cure with a gel activator and do not require uv-light  (no-light gels).
Slower curing time. Acrylic liquid and powder are applied to the nail and the acrylic nails.
After effects
In general, Gel nails applied without a primer leave no hard impressions.Overuse and incorrect application of primer can cause damage to the nail bed and leave an impression on the nails. Prolonged exposure to water may result in fungal infection.
Overuse and incorrect application of primer can cause damage to the nail bed and leave an impression on the nails. Prolonged exposure to water may result in fungal infection.
Range
Gelish – 141 colors; OPI – 71 colors; Essie -- 36 colors

There is not much variety that you can go with the acrylic nails as far as the material texture is concerned.
Flexibility
Acrylic nails are hard and very robust, when applied correctly.

Most of them are more flexible than the acrylic nails, but not as flexible as natural nails.

Removal Process

Both Acrylic and Gel nails frequently requires professional help for better results. Nails can also be soaked rather than filed off, which is a fairly popular technique these days.

Cost

Acrylic Nails are generally cheaper than gel nail application.

Comfort

Most people do not like acrylic nails because of the uneasiness that follows to the cuticle. Gel nails, on the other hand are just like a gel and take their shape themselves and hence are very easy on the hands.

Flexibility

Acrylic Nails are hard and also look thicker than Gel nails. Any stress applied to acrylic nails can hurt the original nail. Gel nails are flexible and not hard on the touch.