Just Another Mani Monday: CND Shellac vs. Orly Gel FX

This week’s Mani Monday is actually from last week’s trip to Cosmoprof in Las Vegas. While I was there, I had a chance to see the new CND Shellac shades coming out and experience the new Orly Gel FX manicure for myself. I wanted the best of both worlds so I decide to keep my Shellac mani on one hand and try the new Orly Gel FX on the other so I could compare the two at the same time. It may look a little odd in person but I don’t care, I’m loving these two shades.

On my left hand I’m wearing CND Shellac in a combination of Purple Purple and Zillionaire, 2 coats of Purple Purple and I coat of Zillionaire. These are both new shades set to launch in salons next month. Purple Purple is an iridescent violet purple and Zillionaire is a sheer multi-colored glitter. These two shades work beautifully together and I can’t wait to try Zillionaire over something else once it is available.

Until I tried this combination, I had never layered my shades before, now I can’t imagine not doing it. You don’t see multi-colored specs of glitter here as well as you do in person but trust me, it is stunning. I’ve never had this many compliments on my nail color before.

On my left hand, I’m wearing Orly Gel FX in Cabana Boy. This shade is a pearly hot pink and I have 3 coats of it here on my nails. This shade seems to be on the sheer side so the 3 coats are due to that but I saw another gal get her manicure in a rich black and she was fine with 2 coats. Just like Shellac, Gel FX fills in all the dents and lines on my nailbeds from the acrylics and leaves me with a smooth surface. This hand’s wear is neck and neck with the other hand’s wear. What I’m most curious about are the state of my nails once I remove both formulas, which I will let you know about.

One thing that is unique about Gel FX is that Orly took its existing shades and turned them into gel versions. If I wanted to touch up my gel version once grow out starts becoming obvious, I could take the non-gel version and cover up my “roots”. I’ll tell you more about Gel FX later though.

About a month ago I went to a salon to get a manicure to try and take care of the mess that was my nails after removing acrylics. The salon suggested I get CND Shellac to protect my nails as they grew out. Something about that suggestion didn’t sit well with me at the time so I took to Twitter to get the advice of my fellow bloggers. Oh my! They were opinionated. Their main issue was that this does nothing to strengthen the nail, which was what I wanted and needed desperately at the time. This gripe may go away after Orly’s Gel FX hits the scene, they say their formulas are enriched with vitamins to help nourish nails… but again, more on that later.

I didn’t go through with Shellac at the time but after wearing gel formulas on my nails this week, I’m seriously tempted to go back for more… maybe a nude shade so I can swatch shades on top. I got a manicure before I left for Cosmoprof and you could still see all the damage on my nails through the nail polish. On top of that, the color chipped off like crazy because my nails are still weak and they bend when I do the simplest things, I’m lucky they don’t break! Having gel on them now has me thinking I can still enjoy color in the state my nails are currently in.

So what’s on your nails this week? What do you think of the shades on my nails? Have you tried Shellac?  Let me know in the comments!