Many brands are reformulating their polishes to be thicker and more gel-like. I’m not a fan of real gel nails particularly; life is too short for the two weekly in-fills required and despite the entire gel nail industry professing otherwise, I’m really not sure they’re good for nails at all.

So, gel effects are the best of both worlds – you still get all the gloss and thickness of gel nails but none of the hassle. Of course, real gel nails don’t ever chip which is the bonus, but I’m still on the side of effects rather than the real thing.

I’m just starting to get nail ridges – it’s just one of those things that happens as you age and there’s not a great deal you can do about it. File them gently and very sparingly to help them look more even is one option, but if you have weak or thin nails, it’s not an ideal solution. Gel effect formulas tend to hide all but the deepest ridges by acting as a filler and settling more uniformly than thinner consistency polishes.

I would absolutely hate to let nail ridges stop me wearing polish – in fact, I just won’t! Gel effect formulas that I really rate are Bourjois, Dior and Nails Inc above. They’ve all got stellar shades and they’re the ideal problem-solution product.


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