When we thought choosing a nail design out of the hundreds or probably thousands we see on social media is hard enough, which one should you choose? We have come a long way in terms of both nail designing and nail enhancements. Nail designs have evolved from just having a single shade to a design that requires intricate details. In fact, nail polish can now be painted on acrylic nails instead of our actual nail. The choices are unlimited, hence why we have this article for you whenever you find yourself in a nail-crisis.

Both gel and acrylic nails’ trends have grown tremendously — thanks to celebrities such as Cardi B, who’s always flaunting her extremely ‘bling-up’ nails (and manicurist, Jenny Bui) on social media, Kylie Jenner, Ariana Grande, and more.

Cardi B’s Swarovski-encrusted acrylic nails at the Grammys. Image: Billboard.

While we are no A-list celebrities that have to go for countless shoots and event appearances, what the common folk usually look for in nails is durability. Both nail types are indeed durable, but each has its pros and cons. We have them all listed down here for you.

Gel nails

This is the more well-known option as compared to acrylic nails — in fact, not many nail salons in KL offer this service. Gel nails are always known as the ‘nails that would last’ as compared to regular nail polish application — and it’s not wrong. Gel nails require layers of polish and multiple curing sessions under the UV light. A tedious process but those carefully layered polishes are what gives the nails a more natural-looking finish that will last up to three weeks. It has a natural and glossy appearance as compared to acrylic and it’s much more flexible. Comfort-wise, gel nails are the winner.

That doesn’t mean you should go all out. Doing it excessively will result in damaging the nail bed and it’ll leave an undesirable impression. Gel nails are also on the more pricey side as compared to acrylic nails.

Acrylic nails

The long, pointy or coffin-shaped nails you see on social media and celebrities are often acrylic nails. You’ll have the freedom to have nails of any length with acrylics since they are available in various sizes and length. Manicurists will trim them down to the shape and size you want, making it 100% customisable. There are no limits when it comes to nail designs too; anything between a basic french manicure to Swarovski-encrusted nails. You can even have diamonds dangling on the edge of your nail, as the tip of the acrylic nail can be drilled through. In terms of price, this form of artificial nail costs lower than gel nails.

Now it boils down to comfort, which sadly is not exactly the most comfortable. Acrylic nails are hard but also sturdy, which enable them to last longer than gel nails. Long term use will also cause damage to the nail bed and leave an impression. If you are in it for the style and not comfort, acrylic nails are for you.


Jolin Lee
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.