Get tips that don’t chip. If you love that freshly manicured feeling, but hate how your nails end up looking a couple of days later, you need to try these revolutionary two week gel polishes.
Take the ease of a simple varnish manicure and the strength of gel nails, and you’re some way towards understanding what these techniques are all about. Each brand of two week manicure treatment focuses on retaining flawless colour with no chips or breaks, while being gentle on the natural nail. They work slightly differently, so we’ve broken them down to make it easier to pick the one that suits you...
Shellac was the first hybrid polish, produced by CND, and you can expect manicures using it to last about two weeks. Some may find that the chip-free finish lasts longer than this, but it’s recommended that you get them removed after 14 days as by this time your own nail will have started to grow out.
First your nails may be given a wipe to prep them for the colour, but they don’t need to be filed down to remove the natural shine, as with some other manicures. Then a base coat is applied to anchor the colour to the nail, followed by two colour coats, each of which is cured for a minute underneath a special UV lamp. Next, a high-gloss top coat is added and after a final curing under the lamp, you’re good to go! No drying time is needed – you’ll just need to pop back in two weeks later to get the colour professionally removed, as unfortunately this can’t be done at home.
Gelish is Shellac's main competitor, but it doesn't use the same hybrid technology. Gelish is more like a thin, paint on gel that is set using a UV lamp in the same way as Shellac. An LED lamp may also be used, which only takes a few seconds to set the nail, rather than a minute. Your nails will be prepped by buffing them, before a base coat, two colour coats and a top coat are applied, with each layer being set with the UV light.
Gelish nails come in a wider range of colours than Shellac and the results are said to last up to three weeks. Like Shellac, it’s best to get it removed by a professional due to the chemicals used, but it’s a super-quick procedure so should only take 10-15 minutes of soaking. Take a look at our Tried and Tested review to see what we thought of Gelish nails.
The Jessica Geleration system promises perfect talons for three to four weeks. It’s marketed in the same way as Gelish; as a soak off gel manicure or pedicure – perfect for speedy application and easy removal. There are over 25 colours available and the application follows the same procedure as Gelish.
If you’re going on holiday and don’t want to worry about your nails looking awful halfway through, or you’re a blushing bride-to-be and need to be confident that your nails aren’t going to chip before those crucial ring pictures get taken, these manicures are perfect. It’s also great for those whose hands take more of a bashing every day, but who aren’t willing to give up on gorgeous nails just because they’re the ones doing the washing up.
A growing number of salons also offer two week polish nail art if you're looking for something a little fancier.