Seems a lot of people are jumping on the gel nail bandwagon and I am one of them. I first heard of gel nails a few months back. Basically, it's a special gel-like polish that dries almost immediately and last about 14 days.
Here's how it works: the nail tech gives you a manicure as usual followed by a base coat. Your nails dry under a special UV light for 30 seconds to 2 minutes (depending on the brand of polish you choose). She then follows with 2 coats of polish and a top coat, all drying under the light after each coat. It takes a little longer (and costs a little more - $22 vs $14 at my salon) but it's really amazing to leave the salon with dry hands and even more amazing to have the manicure last 2 weeks!
I have tried the OPI line of products (called Axxium) and while I LOVE the familiarity of the colors (Bubble Bath, Lincoln Park After Dark, etc.), I don't think this product lasts much longer than a regular manicure. And if you are paying more, it should last longer!
Enter Shellac (by CND). Same concept as OPI's Axxium but a superior product IMHO. I got a manicure last Thursday, April 14, with their "Cream Puff" color and my nails are still going strong. Granted, there is a bit of nail growout, but the actual polish is still in place and super shiny.
According to the nail tech I go to, this is the best line of gel nails out there. Nothing but the best for me!
Have you tried gel nails?