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From embellished to stiletto-shaped or abstract strokes with negative (i.e. natural) space, there is always something new and trending in the colourful world of nails. But did you know that the term “manicure” comes from the French word “manucure”, which means “care of hands”? For a pampering session that fuses tender loving care with Instagram-worthy talons, look to the Classic Gel Manicure at Nail Palace.


A godsend for time-starved individuals who need to get primped fast without having to compromise on quality or attention to detail, gel manicures at Nail Palace are conducted in an efficient and fuss-free fashion—including the appointment-booking process, thanks to a roster of 150 professionally trained nail technicians across 19 outlets. Even a three- dimensional bejewelled set can be completed in under an hour, inclusive of nail cleaning, buffing, shaping and cuticle trimming. On top of the gel process—base coat, nail polish, top coat and UV light “drying” in between each layer—you can also look forward to a quick massage from your therapist to nourish and rejuvenate tired hands. They are, after all, one of the hardest-working parts of your body.


The two hesitations people have when it comes to gel ’dos is how the coats affect nail beds as well as the removal process. Nail Palace, which boasts 17 years of industry experience, doesn’t just use brand products with trusted formulas, it also has its own in-house line of Gel Polish (which uses only LED or UV light in-salon), and a return soak-off process that keeps the health of your nails in mind. 

Classic Gel Manicure is $81.30 for 60 minutes. Available at Nail Palace, #B1-64 Ang Mo Kio Hub, Tel: 6555 2526; #03-01 Bugis+, Tel: 6634 0018; #02-17 Eastpoint Mall, Tel: 6789 7672; #02-33 Junction 8, Tel: 6397 5901; #03-26A Jurong Point, Tel: 6794 7953. For more information, visit