Dip vs. Gel Nails: What’s the Difference?
These days, a manicure has more options than a frozen yogurt bar. What used to be a simple choice between regular nail polish and acrylics is now made a bit more difficult with the addition of gel nail polish and dipping powder.
So what is the difference between gel and dipping powder? Take a look at our guide before your next salon visit.
If you are someone who wants color that lasts, gel is for you. Not only does it offer major shine, but there’s zero dry time. SOLD.
Here’s the breakdown: How long does it last? Up to 3 weeks.
How is it applied? It’s a three-part system that requires a gel base coat, your choice of GelColor, and a 100% gel topcoat that makes nails extra durable. Nails will be cured under an LED light for 30 seconds following each coat.
How is it removed? Removal is a simple soak-off.
Who is meant for? Those who love effects, nail art, and self-expression with color.
Want to try it? Ask for OPI GelColor – available in 140+ iconic shades.
Want more information? Check out our other blog on What are Gel Nails? To get an in-depth look at the system.
If you like a durable and long-lasting nail, then sign yourself up for dipping powder. Not only will you get vibrant color that’s chip-free, but your nails will feel extra strong thanks to the formula. Here’s the breakdown:
How long does it last? 2+ weeks of wear.
How is it applied? Like the name says, you dip your fingers into color powder to achieve this look – it’s a simple brush, dip, tap application, and it doesn’t require light to cure.
How is it removed? A non-damaging, soak-off wrap removal.
Who is meant for? Those who don't wear gel well, or are looking for added durability.
If you want a manicure that isn’t afraid to open a can of sparkling water, this is for you. Want to try it? Ask for OPI Powder Perfection.
Want more information? Check out our other blog on What are Dip Nails? To get an in-depth look at the system.