Shellac & SNS Explained. Which Nail Is Best For You?

If you've visited one of Adelaide nail salons, you must have been asked which manicure do you prefer, Shellac or SNS. The two buzz words are widely-known to nail-lovers, but not as clear to others, especially if you're completely new to the nail industry. 

To upgrade your nail game, it's best for you to familiarise yourself with both terms, including how they are different in formula, look, price, durability and health complication. This blog will give you all the answers, so keep on reading. 

What is Shellac?

One surprising fact is that Shellac is actually a brand name for gel-polish line created by CND (Creative Nail Design). It is a gel-polish hybrid which combines gel (so your mani lasts) and traditional polish (which gives colour and shine).

Nail technicians usually apply 2-3 coats of shellac, then placed them under the UV lamp to dry. If UV lights get you concerned, make sure to always wear SPF when having a shellac (gel-polish) appointment, as this will protect your hands from ageing effects. 

When done, shellac manicure looks natural, bright and beautiful. Painting with shellac also lasts longer (typically up to 14 days) than normal polish. For someone who love nail art designs and aesthetics, shellac is a perfect option for you.

See our prices for Shellac Manicure HERE.

Adelaide Shellac Nail Service

Now Onto SNS. What is it?

SNS stands for Signature Nail System, and is actually a brand for power dipping nail system. Dipping nail is a collection of pigmented powders which give colours instead of a polish or gel (Shellac).

Nail specialists will first apply SNS gel base onto the nails, then dip inside the power and repeat the process.

Unlike gel manicures, SNS doesn’t require curing under the UV lamp. So, if UV lights really get you concerned, choosing SNS will give you peace of mind.

When done, SNS nails feel lighter, more durable, and healthier in the long-term than a gel or Shellac option. SNS nails could last around 2-4 weeks (depending on the level of care and the environment) before the next refill.

A downside to having SNS is that we cannot not use the powder to create intricate nail art. Nonetheless, our nail technicians could use gel-polish to hand draw a nail design on top of an SNS base colour. Otherwise, glitter nails, French tips and ombre designs are popular options for SNS-only manicure.

See our prices for SNS Manicure HERE.

Adelaide SNS Nail Service

More resources you can read from:

"Battle of the manicures! We pit acrylic vs gel vs shellac to determine which one is best" - Glamour Magazine

"The Difference Between SNS And Shellac Manicures, Explained" - Body And Soul

"Gel, Shellac Or SNS? Which Nails Are Right For You?" - Bondi Beauty

"What Is An SNS Nail Manicure?" - Elle Australia

We hope that you’ve now made a choice. The Nail Bar specialises in high-quality Shellac & SNS manicures. Book now with us. 

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