Gel manicures took the nail world by storm in 2010 with the advent of Creative Nail Design’s Shellac. Women love the durability and shine found in UV gel polishes and manicurists love the ease of application and removal. However, many consumers don’t want the hassle of a gel manicure but desire the aesthetics and chip-free qualities outside of the nail salon. Enter the gel polish alternatives: a product that applies like nail polish and promises the long-lasting wear of gel without a UV light.
I have two gel alternative products to present: OPI’s Infinite Shine and FingerPaints’ Endless Wear. The main difference between the two lines is the presence of a base coat. OPI’s Infinite Shine requires a separate base coat while FingerPaints’ Endless Wear only needs the base color.
OPI Infinite Shine In Pursuit of Purple (three coats)
FingerPaints Endless Wear I Louvre You (three coats)
I wore both polishes for a week and had similar results. While I didn’t have any significant chips, I did have tipwear and some cracks. They did not significantly wear better than regular polish for me.
Personally, I’ll stick with regular polish due to the price point and the similar wear. One thing I noticed: OPI Infinite Shine is exclusively made up of crème finishes. For those looking for more variety, I’d give the cheaper Endless Wear a shot, plus it doesn’t need a base coat.