Polygel is one of the most recent new alternatives to acrylic. They are also commonly called hybrid gel, this is because they are made of components from both acrylic and UV-cured gel.
Now, Polygel in my opinion is one of the best new nail products. Not only are they very easy to apply but they are also lightweight giving them a very natural feel and they are also long-lasting.
So in this article, we are going to compare both poly gel with acrylic and explain the differences to help you decide which is best for you.
The main difference between polygel and acrylic – is that polygel is a thick gel-like paste that needs a UV-Led Lamp to cure and harden. Whilst Acrylic nails are made by mixing a powder monomer with liquid polymer.
Both polygel and acrylic can be used to make nail extensions or overlay nails.
|Polygel is lighter, feels more natural & has a nice glossy sheen
|Acrylic tends to be more rigid & bulkier
|Safety & Health
|Polygel is less risky to your natural nails
|Acrylic poses a high risk to your natural nails
|Can last 3-4 weeks.
|Can last longer than Polygel.
Acrylic can go 6-8 weeks.
|Easier to DIY at Home
|Requires some amount of
skill to use
|Ease of removal
|Easier to remove
|Require more work to take off
|Needs a UV Led lamp to
cure & Harden
|Quickly air dries
Differences Between Polygel & Acrylic
I highly recommend anyone that wants nail extensions or overlays to try polygel out at least once. It has a lot of advantages over acrylic of which were going into more detail so keep on reading.
Now the only issue that can hinder you from trying polygel is if you are trying to avoid UV lamps but other than I that I highly recommend it.
I also share an easy hack that you can do to protect your skin from the harsh UV light from nail lamps so keep on reading.
Polygel nails are lighter and more flexible so they feel more natural when compared to acrylic which is bulkier and heavier.
Acrylic is also very rigid and harder so any trauma to the acrylic nails is passed on to your natural nails. Whilst gel is flexible and you wouldn’t feel any direct hits so much.
Polygel nails also tend to have a nice glossy sheen to them when compared to acrylic. But acrylic can also have the same glow once an excellent top coat is used.
Acrylic nails will last much longer than polygel. Polygel will last for 3-4 weeks, while acrylic can last anywhere between 6-8 weeks.
But acrylic nails will need a fill every 3 weeks or so to cover the growth gap at the back of your nails.
Now to get the full 4 weeks or more of wear from your polygel, you can click here to read my tips on How to make Polygel Nails Last Longer.
Both polygel and acrylic come with some amount of risks to your natural nails. But Polygel nails tend to be safer for your natural nails when compared to acrylic.
You see most of the potential damage done to your natural nails by most nail products usually happened during the application or removal process.
Now acrylic nails are harder to remove and some nail techs will even use very harsh chemicals during applications. This increases the chances of damaging your natural nails with acrylic.
Whilst polygel has a more straightforward application process and is easier to remove which makes it safer for your natural nails.
Another great thing that I love about Polygel is that it has almost no odor at all, especially when compared to acrylic which has a very strong scent.
Now the main safety and health issue with Polygel nails is that they require a UV-led lamp to cure. So if you are trying to avoid too much exposure to strong UV lights, then I recommend either:
You can click here to learn more about manicure gloves and my recommendations.
In a salon, Polygel will be more expensive than acrylic. The price for both will vary greatly depending on the design that you want, your location, and the type of salon.
An acrylic manicure can cost anywhere between $35-95 whilst poly gel can be between $55-$120.
Also, polygel isn’t so common in nail salons, acrylic is way more readily available in nail salons.
But hopefully, with time Polygel will become more popular. Now if you plan to DIY at home polygel it tends to be more affordable and is much easier than trying to DIY with acrylic.
Polygel nails are easier to apply compared to acrylic. This is because:
You can check out the video below on how to apply polygel using dual forms.
Or you can click here to read the 4 different ways you can use polygel which also includes video guides.
Video of How to Apply Polygel with Dual Forms
Recommended Polygel Kit
The limegirl Polygel Kit is one of the best polygel kits for beginners. It has everything you will need to apply poly gel.
Acrylic is by far more durable when compared to polygel, acrylic won’t chip, break or come off so easily. They are probably the strongest nail product on the market.
Polygel is also very tough but just not as strong as acrylic.
Acrylic is perfect for those who do a lot of work with their hands such as gardening and cleaning – since they can withstand the roughing up.
Polygel is easier to remove than acrylic. Acrylic nails are just so tough that they require lots of filing and soaking before they can come off.
Polygel will need some work to come off too but taking them off is easier than removing acrylic nails.
You can check out my 3 Quick & Easy Ways How to Remove Polygel Nails at Home
Polygel has a lot of advantages being that it feels more natural and is easier to apply and remove, so I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a lighter and safer alternative to acrylic.
Now acrylic’s main advantage is that it is very durable and long-lasting and is best suited for individuals who do a lot of work with their hands and don’t want to go to the salon too often.
How do I use Polygel? Preparation: We recommend working on a spread-out towel Choose 10 fitting nail forms. The form should be slightly bigger than your actual nail. You can cut the corners of the nail forms to create a perfect fit for your nails Wash your hands with soap, apply sanitizer and try not...