Here, you can find answers to frequently asked questions about gel polish and our products

Gel polish is a type of nail polish that is cured (hardened) under a UV or LED lamp. Unlike traditional nail polish, gel polish only becomes hard when exposed to UV light and it offers a longer-lasting and more durable finish. It provides a glossy and professional-looking manicure or pedicure that dries instantly after curing in a nail lamp. 

Gel polish only hardens when exposed to UV/LED light. It does not air dry like a normal nail polish. 


Follow our application guide here. 


If you experience a sticky manicure after curing in your nail lamp, it may be because you didn’t use top coat as the last step to seal in your manicure. Or because the nail lamp you used is not powerful enough. Gelpolish Factory should be cured in no less than a 48W nail lamp. 

Lastly, make sure you use thin layers and cure properly in between. If the layer is too thick, it can cause the top layer to be cured but the product underneath is still liquid. 

If you experience a sticky manicure after curing in your nail lamp, it may be because you didn’t use top coat as the last step to seal in your manicure. 

Base coat, builder gel and gel polish all have a “sticky layer” that allow the products to bind to each other. Therefore, it is important that you use a top coat as the last step in your manicure because our top coat does not have a sticky layer. 


The issue could also occur because the nail lamp you used is not powerful enough or you did not follow the curing times. Gelpolish Factory should be cured in no less than a 48W nail lamp and you should always follow the curing times stated on each product.


Find our full guide to gel polish application here. 

No. It is super important that gel polish is fully cured, and that only happens by using a nail lamp that is strong enough for the specific brand.


For our products, you should only use a nail lamp that is 48W (min.) and with a wavelength of 360-405nm. 


If you use a nail lamp that is too weak, the product will not harden properly, and you will experience issues such as the product lifting from the nail and wet spots. 

Remember to shake the product well before use.


Gel polish consistencies vary from brand to brand. If you think the product is either too runny or thick to your liking, you can soak your gel polish bottle in warm water to make it runnier or cold water to make it thicker.


Do not apply gel polish in direct sunlight or expose the product inside of the bottle to direct sunlight as this hardens the product and ruins it.

The gel can start to solidify in the bottle and on the brush if you apply it in direct daylight, where the sun’s UV rays come into contact with the gel polish – E.g. if you are sitting by a window. Gel polish will harden regardless of what type of UV light hits them. Therefore, it is important to shield from possible sunlight and not sit by a window or outside. Likewise, the brush must always be placed back in the bottle when you turn on your UV lamp to cure the applied gel. This ensures that the product in the bottle itself does not receive UV light.

We did a whole article on this.

READ: 8 Tips for a Long-Lasting Gel Manicure ​


If you have trouble with your manicure not sticking properly, it may be because you did not follow the nail prep steps beforehand or because you did not use our nail primer. 


We reckomend to watch our guides on the perfect prep and gel polish application.

You can find all our guides here.


Yes, HEMA and TPO free!

When applied and removed properly, gel polish should not cause damage to your nails. However, improper removal techniques or frequent application and removal of gel polish can lead to dryness, brittleness, or thinning of the nails. It’s essential to follow recommended application and removal procedures and to give your nails regular treatment with a cuticle oil. 

These are the products you should buy as a beginner. You can always buy more along the way, but this is the start you need:

  1. Base Coat: Applied as the first layer to provide adhesion.
  2. Gel Polish: Choose your favorite colors to begin with.
  3. Top Coat: Applied as the final layer to seal and protect your gel polish, providing a glossy, non-sticky finish.
  4. UV/LED Lamp: Essential for curing (drying) the gel polish layers. Make sure it’s 48W minimum for Gelpolish Factory products. 
  5. Nail Prep Products: Nail cleanser and Prep & Prime (nail primer) for prepping your nails before application.
  6. Nail File and Buffer: For shaping and smoothing your nails before applying gel polish.
  7. Cuticle Pusher: To gently push back your cuticles for a clean nail bed.
  8. Lint-free Wipes: For wiping and cleaning your nails with cleanser without leaving any fuzz behind.
  9. Removal products: You should get a gel polish remover (acetone based) as well as removal foils to soak off your product.
  10. Nail Care Products: Cuticle oil to keep your nails healthy and moisturized.
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