Ooh, so cool! I am kind of confused about gel polishes and shellac, can you explain please?
Sure, I'm a nail tech so I love this kind of thing, lol.
Shellac is a power polish. You can call it a hybrid and is closer to a nail polish than a gel. It has solvents that allow it to be removed with acetone or CND's nourishing remover (which is an acetone formula infused with oils that give a hydrating removal and doesn't dry out your nails as much as acetone would a lot quicker).
There are two types of gel. Hard gel and soft gel. Hard gel can only be removed by filing off and is usually reserved for enhancements like acrylic is used. Soft gel can be removed the same as shellac but takes longer. It has less solvents than Shellac and is closer to a hard gel. Depending on the company, it can take anywhere from 15 to 45 mins to soak off, sometimes even more.
Shellac is a name brand. It is a product by Creative Nail Design (CND) and is a professional only line, meaning only certified nail tech's can purchase it. Some people compare Gelish to Shellac but they are different. Gelish is more of a soft gel than Shellac is because it has less solvents than Shellac.
Make sense? The nail industry is complicated and consumers (and even nail tech's) are easily confused by certain companies marketing tactics as well as salon's that are lying to the public about their products just so they can make more money. You'll often find a little corner salon saying they do Shellac manicures when they end up pulling out some off brand rip off. Touchy subject with me, lol.