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The Hottest Nail Trend Taking Over


Posted on January 04 2023


Ready to try one of the hottest trends in nails? Korean gel has taken the industry by storm and has made its way over to the U.S. If you've never used or heard of Korean gel before, your first question might be, "How is it different from regular gel polish?" While Korean gel does share many basic similarities as standard gel polish, it's important to note there are a couple of key differences. Here are the four main characteristics of Korean Gel:

  1. The packaging is known to be very cute and eye-catching. The bottles stand out from your typical gel polish.
  2. The colors are extremely pigmented. 
  3. It's low odor.
  4. The consistency is known to be on the thicker side (similar to syrup), which means you do not need to apply a lot of coats. 

Now, let's take a look at some of the most popular Korean gel brands on the market. 

Gentle Pink

Gentle Pink Korean Gel Polish | Beyond Polish

Gentle Pink is a Korean Gel brand based in South Korea. They collect and analyze the latest trends from renown luxury brands based on season and popularity. The colors go through multiple sample tests until they have the right color. 

They value safety, expertise, and quality as much as the color itself. They research formulations for color development. Gentle Pink is made from the safest ingredients so you don't have to worry about what you're putting on your nails. They've tested everything from brush types to the bottle grip and length of cap to create the perfect gel polish. They encourage feedback from fellow nail artists and technicians in order to provide the highest quality product for their consumers. 



Kenzico Professional

Kenzico Professional Korean Gel Polish | Beyond Polish

Kenzico is a high-quality professional range of Korean gel polish and accessories based in South Korea. The products are made from 100% cosmetic materials and 14-free. The formula is known for being easy to soak off and providing durability and high-gloss shine. With its superior shine, scratch-resistant & acid-free formula, Kenzico will not shrink or fade. 



Popular Korean Nail Trends

Syrup Nails

Another reason for why Korean gel polish has become popular is also in part to the type of nail art that's currently trending. While most of these designs considered "trendy" in Korea are also trendy here in the States, it's important to note that there are some differences in the type of nail art we see in the east, versus the west. Let's take a look!


Syrup Nails

Photo credit:  @nailbibiz


As stated before, one of the notable differences between Korean gel polish and regular gel polish is the consistency. Korean gel tends to be on the thicker side, requiring one 1-2 coats at max for full coverage. The "syrup nail trend" is similar to the "ombre nail trend" we see a lot of here in the United States. It's a gradient-effect design that "melts" from translucent layers. 

You begin by applying your base coat. Then take your color and apply a very thin layer just below the cuticle Continue applying thin layers until the top of the nail (or bottom depending on your personal preference) is the darkest. 


 Diamond Nails
Photo by: @a.l.u.m_rin

Diamond Nails

This trend was started by famous South Korean nail artist, Eunkung Park. This design gives off a holographic look and is achieved with chunks of different cellophane.


High Heel Nails
Photo by @unistella_kr

High-Heel Nails

The high-heel nail art design is achieved by using negative space on the nail to re-create the look of a high heel. 

Ready to try one of the hottest nail trends? Shop our entire collection of Korean gel polish brands and find the perfect pigmented color for your next manicure! If you've tried these brands before, let us know your thoughts in the comments below! As always, share your photos with us on Instagram and Facebook by tagging us @beyondpolish and use the hashtag #PolishWithBeyond. 



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  • Allan: August 02, 2022

    The products are really adorable but can I get it

  • Christina ( Beyond Polish Team ): August 02, 2022

    Hi Allan,

    Yes you can. Here’s the link to shop all our Korean Gel Polishes:

    If you have additional questions or concern feel free to leave a comment or email our customer service team at

    BP Team

  • Pretty9nails68: April 07, 2023

    It would be fantastic if the process/products that best remove the gel products with no damage to the nail plate were as highly publicized as the beautiful colors. What is the best products and procedures?

  • Pretty9nails68: April 07, 2023

    It would be fantastic if the process/products that best remove the gel products with no damage to the nail plate were as highly publicized as the beautiful colors. What is the best products and procedures?

  • Samira Gendy: April 17, 2023

    Hi! I use the JelloJello peel off base before applying my gel polish or gelx nail tips. It comes with a solution that you apply to the nail when you’re ready to remove your polish, it’s a gentle on the skin solution and works in under a minute to remove the base, and with it all of the gel polish you applied over it. Also, the brand ORLY makes a gel polish remover that they sell on their website, I haven’t tried it yet but I’ve heard it works!

  • Jessica: July 18, 2023

    Hi, Thanks for sharing this helpful content on The Hottest Nail Trend Taking Over. Hope your tips will be helpful for those who are interested to know about the hottest nail trends. In your content, you mentioned some trends like Syrup Nails, Diamond Nails, and High-Heel Nails.
    That is really amazing. I have a website on which I published content on nails and beauty tips besides I also provide all kinds of Nail and Beauty Treatments. You can simply visit my website –

  • Jin Kim: July 23, 2023

    Strange how the top selling Korean gel polish brand in North America isn’t on this list. S&L Beauty Company ( has been a lot of my friend’s and mine’s go-to for Korean gel nails for the past 2 years. I’ve been seeing S&L used by a lot of Asian nail salons where I go too.

    Is this a UK publication?

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