Acrylic and Gel Nails

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?
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Appearance Natural, glossy Freshly-manicured for up to 14 days May look less natural than gel nails, especially if applied incorrectly.
Cost $25 to $60 Salons typically start with manicure price and add an upcharge up to 50% Generally cheaper than gel nail application.
Durability Up to 14 days Lasts longer than gel nails.
Corrosive effect Gel nails can be applied with or without a base or primer.(CND GEL uses a non-acid primer to bond the gel to the nail). 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 wat
   
   
   
er 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 Most of them are more flexible than the acrylic nails, but not as flexible as natural nails. Acrylic nails are hard and very robust, when applied correctly.