• Tina

Using Different Nail Brands – Should we??

Should we be dedicated to one brand in our business?

When Gel polish first started entering the Nail industry I was using Nsi as my Gel and Acrylic Brand so automatically I chose their Gel polish Brand ‘Polish Pro’ to try. I was amazed by it. I only bought the one colour – Red.  I loved how I could paint over my acrylics and instantly my nail polish was dry and no longer would I get bed print on my nails.

Then I discovered Shellac. There was such a hype over this brand. I tried it and I loved it. The shine was amazing.  The NSI polish pro just couldn’t compare. From then on all my future purchases were Shellac. I was dedicated to the brand. I had all the latest collections and would even queue for hours at the Professional Beauty shows to get my hands on them first.

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Client posing with Shellac


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Queuing to purchase the latest Shellac shades!


As time went on, Shellac would release more colours but I found it was much of the same. Similar colours with a slight change of difference in tone. I stopped getting excited over the colours. I needed something more.

More brands were coming out of the woodwork with their own versions of ‘Gel Polish’ so I felt the need to try something else. Something that Shellac just wasn’t offering. I went with ‘Gel 2’ as they had Reaction Gels. Gels that changed colour from hot to cold.  Just Amazing. I also bought some ‘Gelish’ colours as their colours were so bright and vibrant, shades I just couldn’t get from Shellac.

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A set I created using the Gel2 Reaction Gels.


I still have my Shellac gels, some of them anyway that have lasted. But now I mainly use the brand ‘iLac’ from Ink London. When I discovered their gels I loved their range of colours too. The polish painted beautifully and the price point was great too. My clients actually even got better wear from it that I was getting better results. 

I don’t think you should keep still with your brands. To keep your clients excited about what you have to offer I believe that you should always look to find that next thing for them. As time has gone on I thought, right, so Ive got nudes, reaction gels, brights I need something more!!! 

I then discovered ‘Diamond Glitter Gels’ from The Gel Bottle. The sparkle you get compared to loose glitter was intense. I needed more. I found more from brands like Madam Glam, Halo and Premier Gel so they have been added to my collection too. Whilst browsing at Madam Glam I also discovered their Metallic Gel Polishes so I have a couple of those as well.  I’ve probably got a couple of other random brands that I haven’t even remembered ??

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Selection of my colour choices. A lot more have been added since this picture was taken.


Semilac was a brand I found at one of the shows where I bought their ‘Cat eye gels’ – again something that not every brand can give you so you have to go to another brand to get it.

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