So it’s fair to say that each polish has their good and bad sides. Gel manicures benefit those with weaker nails and lasts just that little bit longer than Shellac. However, the removal process is quite lengthy. Shellac is a thinner polish, so if you want to give your nails more space to “breathe’ and have sturdy natural nail beds, this one’s for you. The removal is a lot quicker, but it lasts for slightly less time than a gel manicure.