Gel Pads vs. Colle Liquide : Quelle méthode choisir pour coller vos Press-On Nails ?

Gel Pads vs. Liquid Glue: Which method should you choose to glue your Press-On Nails?

When it comes to applying your false nails, choosing the attachment method is essential to best suit your needs. The two options that can be used are Gel Pads and liquid glue but it is sometimes difficult to choose because each of these methods has its advantages and disadvantages. Fortunately, we are here to help you make the best decision!

We will compare liquid glue and gel pads point by point through 6 elements of comparison : application, hold, comfort, removal, damage to the natural nail and reuse of false nails. Gel pads vs. Liquid glue, let's go for the match! Find out which method best suits your needs and preferences for perfect application of your Press-On Nails .

The app

In terms of application time, both methods take exactly the same amount of time (5 to 15 minutes). However, application with gel pad is easier for beginners because there is no risk of overflow . This method is therefore cleaner because you do not risk sticking your fingers by spilling the liquid glue. If, however, after these comparisons, you decide that liquid glue is the best option for you, there is a method of applying liquid glue which minimizes the risk of overflows and major disasters: liquid glue with brush .

The clothe

Here, liquid glue scores a point if your main goal is to keep your false nails glued on for as long as possible. The average duration of an installation with liquid glue is 1-3 weeks compared to 5-7 days for gel pads . If, on the other hand, your goal is to only wear them for a few hours or a few days and then remove them, gel pads will be a better option.


Whether you apply them with liquid glue or gel pads, you won't feel your false nails and will forget they exist if they are of good quality ( hello! ). However, the liquid glue solidifies completely and therefore fixes the capsules in a 100% stable manner , unlike the gel pad which remains in gel form and therefore lets the capsule move slightly if you push it hard against your cuticles. It can be unpleasant when the capsule slides under your cuticles, but fortunately this only happens if you push really hard (which logically is never the case in everyday life).


There, there is no photo: removal is much easier and faster when you use gel pads . Already, you need more “materials” to remove your false nails stuck with liquid glue: a bowl of hot water with oil and soap. With gel pads, you will only need to bring the small stick included in your kit. Then, the maneuver is the same in both cases but is more painful when the liquid glue is present (don't worry, it doesn't really hurt, but it pulls!). So that you can compare for yourself, we have produced for you a video tutorial for application with gel pad and another for application with liquid glue .

The damage

Ouch. Liquid glue blushes in this category because it is often accused of causing damage to the natural nail. In reality, this is false, it is not the liquid glue that causes damage but poor removal . When you follow our removal tutorial, your nail will not be torn from the removal, there will simply be some dried glue residue that you can buff away. With gel pads, the question does not even arise: they are completely harmless and gentle on natural nails .

Reusing false nails

In both cases, your capsules will remain reusable… but not the same number of times . If you only use the gel pads during your uses, your capsules will be reusable dozens of times . If you use liquid glue, they will remain reusable 3 to 6 times because over time, residue will accumulate on the back of the capsule and it will lose its adhesion. Tip: you can buff away the liquid glue residue using your mini-file, until it is smooth to the touch.


We hope to have clarified the subject for you! To summarize, Gel Pads offer ease of use, reliable adhesion, and painless, residue-free removal while liquid glue offers maximum hold and firm fixation but which are not without side effects (more laborious removal, limited reuse). So, which method will you choose?