Gel and acrylic nails are both artificial nail enhancements that are applied to a person’s natural nails. The main difference between the two is the way they are applied. Gel nails are created by applying a gel-based polish to the nails, while acrylic nails are created by mixing a liquid monomer with a powder polymer.
Gel nails are generally more flexible and durable than acrylic nails, and they are known to last longer. Gel nails are also easier to remove than acrylic nails, as they can be soaked off in a solution. Acrylic nails are more difficult to remove, and they often require filing down to remove them. Both types of nails can be shaped and painted to create an array of different looks.