When the first brand came out with the No Chip Gel Manicure, they branded the concept with the name Shellac. This essentially helped them stand out from other brands. CND (Creative Nail Designs) was this brand, naming their own line of “gel polish” shellac. But what’s the difference between the Shellac polish by CND and the “gel” polishes created by brands like OPI & Gelish/Harmony?
Basically there isn’t a difference, besides other companies using a more generic name for the polish and technique (Gel). They are both made to last around 14 days and are both cured under a UV or LED lamp. The process for application is the same, the prepping of your nails with acetone to remove the oils and then base, color and top coat are applied.