My OPI Soak Off Gels lasted a full 3 weeks. This past weekend I decided it was time for a color change. I went to the salon where I had originally had heard of Soak Offs but they weren't doing them anymore. They had "upgraded" to Creative Design CND Shellac. Shellac doesn't have a dry time, it brushes on like polish, comes off quickly and best of all, lasts 14 days. Unlike the Soak Offs, they Shellac is thin like nail polish but is totally opaque and doesn't require your nail bed to be filed at all.
I've had my Shellacs for 3 days now and they are still holding up pretty well. I like that they are super shiny and look like a regular manicure. I'm not sure how well they hold up in time....and to be honest with you, I will be shocked if they can last the full 14 days.
One thing I did like about the Soak Offs is because they were so thick, they allowed my natural nails to grow really long. I'm not sure who the winner will be in this competition. I'll keep you posted.