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October 10, 2018

When getting a manicure there is always a battle between what to get, is it OPI lacquer or CND Shellac ?

Lacquer Vs Gel

It is a tough decision which manicure you get, the main pros of a gel system:

The UV light dries your nails immediately . You have a manicure that will last up to 2 weeks ( sometimes more!!).

The cons are:

It needs to be soaked off safely so that no damage is done to your nail.

Visible regrowth will show the longer you leave it on.

With nail Lacquer such as OPI you can remove this with a standard nail varnish remover you can find in the chemist. However, it will only be touch dry when you leave the salon. Finally, your nails will only last for a few days without chipping. To help prevent this, we use Seche Vite which is an excellent top coat and it is touch dry within a minute allowing you to carefully go about your business.


What products we use:

At Mudpak we think it is important to not just use one brand but to cherry pick the best products from various brands. This allows us to source the best for our clients so we get the perfect desired look. For cuticle care, for example, we use Solar Oil which is rich with jojba oil and Vitamin E in combination with CuticleAway which is a gentle cuticle remover which melts away your cuticles.

Cuticle Away

Cuticle Away – a cuticle gel remover

CND solar Oil

CND solar Oil


For more information about our manicure and to book click here or pop us a call for more information 0207 3292827