The different types of nail polish

If you are not a nail technician, it can be very difficult to navigate the jargon of nail polishes and polish finishes. We hear about gel varnish, UV varnish, powder varnish, varnish with a lamp, others without a lamp, but what is their difference? In this article, the nail expert Maryton will show you the different types of nail polish.

Regular varnish

This is the classic nail polish, which can be found almost everywhere. The staying power of regular nail polish is limited to a few days and requires the application of a base and a top coat for good hold and a beautiful shine. It scratches easily and can chip. However, it is very cheap and anyone can buy it.

UV varnish or Gel varnish

UV varnishes are also commonly called gel varnishes or semi-permanent varnishes. Their composition differs from regular varnish. UV gel polishes need to be catalyzed under a UV lamp for about 2 minutes. These varnishes do not flake and last for 2 to 3 weeks. What’s more, the varnish cannot be removed with nail polish remover.

Gel effect varnish

Gel effect varnish is a compromise between regular varnish and gel varnish. It applies like a regular polish but has a thicker, gel-like texture. It dries in the open air so does not need a lamp. Its hold is a little better than a regular varnish, it lasts 4 to 7 days and does not flake and resists knocks better than regular varnish.

Powder varnish

This new system is applied in several steps: a base specially designed for powder varnish, you dip your nails in the powder (2 to 3 layers are necessary), you then apply the catalytic protector which will allow your powder to hold, then you finish with a layer of top coat. This powder varnish does not need a lamp and lasts 2 to 3 weeks and is removed more easily than gel varnish with acetone nail polish remover or thinner.

Hoping that this article has pleased you and will give you ideas! In addition, I recommend investing in some professional manicure kits to care for your nails.

Read also: How Can I Make My Manicure Last Longer?

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