Many people ask me the difference between polish, gel polish, hard gel, and acrylic nails. Most people are familiar with nail polish, and it is great for those who want to add some color or have a "French Nail" classic look on their natural nails. However, with polish you will need to wait for it to dry, and you will be lucky to get a week's worth of wear before it starts to chip.
If you are looking for something more durable, I suggest trying "Soak off" Gel Polish. With over 100+ colors available, Gel polish comes in a bottle and cures in light. It is instantly dry after curing so you won't have to worry about smudging or chipping. Gel polish (commonly referred to as shellac) has proven to be very popular, and you will get longer wear with it than with regular nail polish. Gel polish is typically removed by soaking with acetone.
If you prefer even more durable strength, you might want to consider a Hard Gel. Unlike Gel polish, hard gel can only be removed with an E-file, and cannot be soaked off. It comes in a pot, not a bottle, and will give you strength as well as durability. It is gentler on your nails than acrylic and it is odor free! If anyone is using a powder and a liquid to create a nail overlay on your nails, it is acrylic, and not gel. I have had clients come to me telling me that they have "Gel Nails" only to find out that they actually have "acrylic" nails, with a Gel topcoat, which is not the same as true Hard Gel nails. You can pick from 200+ colors.
I also offer "Powder Dipped" nails!! You dip your nails into the powder polish dipping system*, and voila!! It is like an overlay to your own nails: incredibly strong lasting 2-3 weeks, chip and peeling resistant. The nails I have used this system on are stronger than ever! I currently have 40+ color options including a beautiful French nail.
*following state guidelines, to eliminate cross contamination excess powder discarded after each client