4 Ladies Actually Assessment Gel-X Manicures (+ 21 Nail Artwork Concepts We Truly Tried)

It’s been 9 months since my first Gel-X manicure and let me let you know: I’m by no means going again. Dips? Acrylics? Extensions? Common gel? NO MORE FOR ME, THANK YOU. So as we speak, I needed to share slightly bit extra about Gel-X (you understand – what it’s, how a lot it prices, how lengthy it lasts, the professionals/cons) buuuuut I additionally needed to herald a number of acquainted faces to share their opinions and experiences. (When you’re the kind of particular person with the dexterity to color your individual nails, we’re additionally sharing 21 totally different pictures of our precise manicures – perhaps we will spark a few of your creativity! And, should you’re like, “uh, nails aren’t for me,” there’s even an image of a real-life horse in right here! Why? You’ll discover out! Anyway, one thing for everybody!) Let’s begin with the high-level overview, yeah?

Principally, Gel-X is a press-on nail that cures like gel (learn: your nail technician will measurement up your palms, glue on a nail of your most popular form/size, and your ~new nails~ shall be firmly connected for a few month after you shove your hand beneath a type of UV lights). As soon as all the things has cured, your technician will proceed as regular – polish, artwork, lotion, oil, an occasional full hand mannequin photoshoot for his or her IG, and so on. – and once you’re lastly prepared to come back again in a number of weeks to modify issues up, the elimination course of is identical as it will be for any customary gel manicure.

i’ll pop in later with extra of my nail artwork, however right here’s a style!

Gel-X nails are versatile (so that they gained’t snap in half once you jam your hand right into a wall, or a counter, or your automobile, or another place, as common people are wont to do). They’re additionally actually light-weight, particularly when in comparison with acrylics, they usually look pure – or, uh, as pure as neon cow print nails can look, at the very least.

Greater than something, although, I’ve discovered that Gel-X nails simply make me really feel actually, actually, actually nice. There’s one thing type of enjoyable and visceral about clacking away on one thing, you understand? However this isn’t nearly me – three different EHD gals have hopped on the Gel-X practice, so I needed to seize their unbiased opinions, too. I’ll test in with you beneath (and I’ll spill the small print on my common spend!), however first…let me throw it over to the queen of nail artwork, Veronica.


When’d you begin attempting out Gel-X? My first Gel-X manicure was in June of 2021, as a result of I needed to do one thing particular for my birthday, and since then it’s been a pleasant once-a-month self-care routine in the course of the pandemic. 🙂

Had you invested in nails or nail artwork earlier than (e.g. gels, acrylics, press-ons, and so on.)? Earlier than Gel-X, I had gotten gel on my common nails and tried press ons / glue ons, however these solely averaged about 2 weeks max.

Was there an adjustment interval to Gel-X? Probably not. Gel-X is best to your nails than acrylics, however your nails do skinny nonetheless due to them being sanded down within the course of.

What’s your most popular form and size? I travel between getting someplace between an almond and stiletto form and a sq. form. I normally maintain them short-medium size due to my job (photographer who works on her pc most days, or is coping with gear after I’m on set).

How lengthy do your appointments take? Appointments take between 1.5 – 2 hours.

How lengthy do your nails keep on? I’ve by no means had a nail fall off when getting Gel-X, and I normally get mine performed anyplace between three and 4 weeks as a result of my nails develop out fairly shortly.

How do your nails really feel? My nails really feel good, not like they’re being ruined or something, however they’re thinner for certain since beginning Gel-X! Though, my nails have at all times been on the skinny facet.

Is there a median price? The place I’m going to is on the costlier facet (between $90-100 earlier than tip) as a result of I discovered a nail tech I actually love and belief, however I do know a salon {that a} pal of mine has gone to and it’s round $65 beginning value. It actually simply will depend on the salon, however I’ve discovered it’s necessary to go someplace you are feeling the techs are in a position to care for your nails in a wholesome method. 

The place do you get your nail artwork inspiration? I exploit Pinterest and Instagram for nail inspo and have saved boards on each. Two accounts I observe on Instagram are: Nia Ho & Vivian W and the opposite saved posts have popped up on my discover web page. 🙂

Any professionals and cons? I’m not knowledgeable, so I can solely communicate to my private opinion lol however professionals – if you’d like one thing that may final with out having to fret about chipping, breaking, or touch-ups, then the Gel-X is a good possibility.

Cons – it could actually add up and get costly relying on how usually you get them performed and it’s necessary to get them taken off in a salon so that you don’t damage your nails attempting to do them your self. 


When’d you begin attempting out Gel-X? I began October 2021.

Had you invested in nails or nail artwork earlier than (e.g. gels, acrylics, press-ons, and so on.)? Years and years in the past I used to get acrylic nails however I hated it. Extra lately I used to be a press-on nail gal however just for particular events.

Was there an adjustment interval to Gel-X? Oh yeah. At first, I felt like I couldn’t do something with lengthy nails however I obtained used to it fairly quick. Typing was very exhausting at first (I appeared like this).

What’s your most popular form and size? I get the medium size and almond form.

How lengthy do your appointments take? If I get a Gel-X elimination plus a brand new set it normally takes an hour and a half.

How lengthy do your nails keep on? The longest I’ve gone between appointments is 4 weeks they usually have been nonetheless holding on!

How do your nails really feel? My precise nails really feel loads stronger than they did after I used to get acrylics. I believe the Gel-X is much more light in your precise nails.

Is there a median price? With tip it’s between $100-150 (once you do designs versus a strong coloration it’s nearer to $150).

The place do you get your nail artwork inspiration? Instagram or my pals!

Any professionals and cons? Professionals: I really feel put collectively even when I’m sporting sweats. And I get compliments on a regular basis. :’)

Cons: If the technician cuts my precise nails too quick earlier than placing the Gel X on as my nails begin to develop out it may be painful as a result of my nails begin to develop into my nail mattress (it’s gross I do know). However the simple repair to that is to inform your nail tech to not minimize your precise nails.


When’d you begin attempting out Gel-X? October 5, 2021 (my birthday:)).

Had you invested in nails or nail artwork earlier than (e.g. gels, acrylics, press-ons, and so on.)? I went a few years getting gel manicures on a regular basis after I labored in eating places as a result of it was the one form that really lasted. Getting a daily mani on the time was like throwing cash instantly into the trash. Then a number of years in the past I obtained a gel manicure with a design for the primary time and my god I cherished it however wasn’t in a position to afford it on the common. This go round nonetheless was my first time EVER getting “faux nails”. My mother gave me a tough no after I needed these french tip acrylics in center faculty. I assume being like all the opposite cool women wasn’t a ok argument. 

Was there an adjustment interval to Gel-X? Lol sure. I felt like Edward Scissorhands however much less proficient for at the very least per week. I keep in mind the following morning attempting to placed on my leggings considering “I don’t assume I can costume myself. This nail factor is a LIFESTYLE!” I used to be primarily afraid of them ripping off which is outwardly a VERY regular expertise for newbs like me. However then after I obtained my second and now with my third, they only really feel like my regular fingernails.

the second set that felt too large (in addition they have been slightly shorter to be truthful)

What’s your most popular form and size? I like an almond form and medium size. I don’t know if “medium” is a technical time period however I need them to look longish and chic however nonetheless need to have the ability to you understand, kind. I may even say that the bodily gel-x form is I believe referred to as Stiletto (not the tip form however truth test me on that). Principally, I just like the nail to look slender. The second set I obtained (the inexperienced one above) felt slightly large for me. Simply one thing to consider if you’re getting into for the primary time or if you’d like a special look.

How lengthy do your appointments take? Eh, 1.5 to 2 hours relying on the design. The primary time is the shortest since they don’t need to take away your previous set.

How lengthy do your nails keep on? Up to now about six weeks. BUT I’ve chosen designs the place the “background” is evident or “pure”. Why that’s a good suggestion if you wish to stretch out your mani is that the grow-out is much less noticeable than if I had a strong coloration.

How do your nails really feel? Okay, so the plan is to have my actual nails develop lengthy sufficient to the place I can simply return to gel manicures and they’re virtually there (besides one silly one which broke so unsure if I would like to attend till that one grows again). That being stated, you possibly can see my actual nails after I flip my palms over. It’s not the prettiest if I’m sincere however I’ve obtained objectives. So once you go, you may have the selection to maintain your pure nails lengthy or minimize them quick so you actually can’t see them ever. How do my actual nails really feel you ask? When the faux ones get shaved off, they really feel oookay. Look, it’s a sacrifice. I don’t know if it’s attainable to have completely wholesome nails and do something past a daily manicure. All I do know is that for now, I like having my nails performed and enjoyable for six weeks at a time. 

Is there a median price? $105 + Tip (I normally give $30 as a result of they do such an amazing job and they’re actually portray artwork onto my palms).

The place do you get your nail artwork inspiration? Pinterest and Instagram. I’ve folders that I save to. But additionally Beyonce was my final inspiration so take a look at these celeb nails too! Veronica additionally shares accounts she loves which is so enjoyable and really candy of her. We go to the identical salon too!

Any professionals and cons? Professionals: I LOVE my nails they usually make me really feel attractive, highly effective, and put collectively.

Cons: It’s not low-cost and I do know that my actual nails aren’t residing their finest lives. Oh, and actions like bowling and placing on necklaces are exhausting.


When’d you begin attempting out Gel-X? Acquired my first one on Might 19, 2021 and I by no means went again.

Had you invested in nails or nail artwork earlier than (e.g. gels, acrylics, press-ons, and so on.)? I used to spend a bunch on customary gel manicures with full artwork – that’s the one magnificence splurge that I actually cherished – however I had a very unhealthy behavior of choosing all of it off, which (a.) made my palms look type of gnarly and (b.) was not nice for the well being of my nails.

Was there an adjustment interval to Gel-X? For me, no. I used to be used to having longer nails so aside from the fixed concern that they have been going to pop off, they felt completely regular to me.

What’s your most popular form and size? I began with medium ovals, however I moved into lengthy territory with the set you see above. Scale-wise, I believe longer ones look finest on my palms.

How lengthy do your appointments take? Elimination can take 30-45 minutes after which my new manicure could be one other 45 minutes to an hour, relying on how a lot element I’m on the lookout for.

How lengthy do your nails keep on? I maxed out at 8 weeks for the vacations – I actually needed to minimize them like my common nails as a result of they’d grown out a lot. That stated, I did expertise some lifting on the bottom of my pointer finger after I first began – this was remedied by bringing it as much as my nail tech and I haven’t had any issues since! When you’re doing lots of schlepping or handbook work, I’d extremely advocate flagging that earlier than your first set.

How do your nails really feel? Good! Whereas I don’t imply to counsel that Gel-X is making my nails stronger, they’re in WAY higher form than after I used to get gel manicures sanded off each two weeks. When my units are eliminated, my nails look fairly regular, too – no breakage or thinning is going on beneath the Gel-X nail.

Is there a median price? I pay a $20 reserving charge to order my spot after which manicures are $60-100, relying on how loopy I’m getting. Suggestions are at all times 20-25% – so mainly $100 on the low finish, $150 on the excessive finish.

The place do you get your nail artwork inspiration? NIA!!! My nail tech is LA’s best-kept secret and whereas I type of don’t need to share the intel (it’s already exhausting to get an appointment – she’s widespread!!!), YOU MUST CHECK OUT HER INSTAGRAM. I have no idea how Nia doesn’t have 1,000,000 followers – she will be able to do ANYTHING. Significantly, her IG web page is full of a staggering selection and also you’re assured to seek out one thing inspiring there. SHE IS THE BEST. (I wouldn’t need to spend ~2 hours with anybody else.)

as promised – that is doolittle, a giant candy dummy who likes to eat bananas, and these are my thanksgiving nails after a month of development!

Any professionals and cons? Professionals: I really feel actually highly effective and type of intimidating when my nails are performed. Shampooing my scalp appears like a dream. If I’m going to spend at the very least 8 hours a day typing, it cheers me as much as see slightly occasion occurring on the suggestions of my fingers. Clinking my nails on glasses makes me really feel actually completely happy.

Cons: COST. I imply, after I break it down, I do assume they convey me at the very least $3 of pleasure per day…however it’s not a vital and if issues ever went south, I’m completely conscious that this could be the primary merchandise minimize from my price range. I don’t love subjecting my palms to such remoted UV rays as soon as a month and generally I neglect SPF earlier than my appointments. Choosing up cash is difficult. Working lobster clasps on jewellery is inconceivable. Nia’s studio is strolling distance from my house and I get catcalled by lots of creeps on my option to get my nails performed. Regardless of all this…they’re value it to me.

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When you’re confident (I’m not) and need to give Gel-X a whirl at dwelling, you possibly can seize a equipment proper right here. If not, test Yelp to discover a highly-reviewed technician close to you – should you’re going to splurge, be certain that it’s on somebody who can ship long-lasting outcomes that’ll make you smile.

However now I have to know – what say you??? Inform me about your nail habits! Present me your nail artwork! Ship me your inspo accounts! (I’ve an appointment subsequent week and want a jumping-off level if anybody has ideas.) LET’S JUST TALK ABOUT OUR HANDS. xx