Generally speaking, gel powder is an artificial substance that goes on top of your natural nail to give the appearance of longer and stronger nails. This type of artificial nail is relatively durable and can hold up to everyday use.
There are two types of gel powder that can be used on nails. There are a hard gel and soft gel variety, each coming with its own set of application procedures, pros and cons. Artificial gel powder requires the use of an LED or UV light in order to fully harden and cure. Gel powder is temporary and will last up to 4 weeks, depending on the type of gel powder selected.
Alternatively, gel polish is a type of nail polish that is painted on top of your natural nail or an artificial nail. Gel polish is very similar to a shellac consistency, although the two are made of different materials. Gel polish is a similar substance to hard and soft gel powder nails but is much thinner and runnier. Although gel polish is typically thought of like nail polish, able to preserve the color or nail art for a longer period of time, gel polish does apply a thin layer of protective gel to the natural nail which can help strengthen nails. Gel polish also has pros and cons associated with the product.
Comparing the various gel powders to gel polish, you will quickly be able to determine which is right for you. While the concept between gel powder and gel polish is similar, each option can be used for specific needs and applications.