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A comparative analysis of gel nails and nail polish strips

We compare and analyze gel nails and nail polish strips, which have become a hot issue in the beauty industry.

The target of nail art is expanding among young women. More and more people are into nail care, pattern design, and color matching. In addition, techniques are beginning to diversify as the number of people consuming nail care across gender and age groups increases.

1. Reasons for not using traditional nail polish


Many people are uncomfortable with nail polish because it takes a long time to dry and stays on for a short time. In addition, the acetone inside nail polish dries out the nails and requires regular maintenance. This is why I am looking forward to the emergence of a new nail art technique.

Since the enamel component of nail polish is considered harmful, a different type of nail technology is starting to attract attention. New ways to make up for the lack of existing nail art techniques, such as ease of use, durability, and various designs, are becoming popular. Gel nails and sticker nails, which emerged as newcomers in nail art, are analyzed in depth.

2. Gel Nail Polish

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Gel nails became popular after the opinion emerged that acrylic, the main component of nail art, was harmful to humans. The UV coating method known as gel nails is considered a new coating technology that is gaining recognition in the nail art industry by highlighting the advantages and shine.

Gel nails are nails that are treated with gel. While a typical manicure uses applying and drying on the nail, gel nails are finished by applying gel to the nail and baking it with UV or LED lights. The quick-drying time for a typical manicure is about 8 hours, while for gel nails, it is 3 to 5 minutes, which is an attractive advantage.

A special gel is used depending on the lamp used, and a UV device is required to dry the gel nails. After drying, you can enjoy a shine that distinguishes it from regular nail polish. The most significant advantage of gel nails is that they can last longer compared to traditional nail polish.

It lasts up to 3 weeks and is not easy to remove even with regular remover. Professional help is needed when removing it, and there are concerns that the vital ingredients can damage your nails. Since it is mainly rubbed off by abrading the surface, there is a risk of damaging your nails, so it is recommended to use it at most once a month.

3. Nail Polish Strips

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Nail polish strips rapidly change the nail art market as a new-age product that saves time and reduces costs. It is gaining more and more attention as a styling item for women. The advantages of nail polish strips are: they produce the same shine as gel nails. With a wide range of designs to choose from, you can match them to the style of the day daily. In addition, you can enjoy salon-level designs at a lower price than offline nail salons. Nail polish strips have the advantage of allowing you to add subtle and intricate details to your nails without needing to hire a professional to do it. You can also change the design more often with these savings. Some nail decals are available in different sizes, so it looks almost like the polish has been applied. It is easy to get rid of Nail polish strips. You can soak them in warm water, then peel them off.

The downside is: the hold time is relatively short, usually 7~14 days. Using a sealer can better extend the life of the nail polish strips.

4. SHTOLIDA Nail Strips

SHTOLIDA’s nail polish strips do not use acetone, so your nails will not dry out. Products that use adhesive materials that are not harmful to the human body are not a burden to the health of your nails. Those who do not like the strong smell of nail polish can also use nail strips.

SHTOLIDA’s nail stick is a new and upgraded nail stick for 2021. All the products are designed with the color scheme and pattern by the designer Niko herself. The design styles are Modern Fashion, Elegant Classic, Boho Chic.


Niko Cheung is a graduate of an art college in Hong Kong and often travels to France, Italy, Greece, and other countries to learn various design techniques. Designer Niko has an advanced aesthetic and always believes that everyone is the most unique and beautiful individual in the world. He will provide us with professional color matching and pattern design to help people become more confident and love themselves more through his works. His principle is that each piece must have a unique story and source of inspiration, refusing to design without a soul.

SHTOLIDA uses an environmentally friendly UV adhesive that is harmless to the nail and minimally irritating to the body. It is also easy to use. Choose a design that fits the size of your nail, place it on your nail, slide it under your nail, then use a nail file to cut off the tip, and you are done.

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