Gel Nail Polish, The gels come in an array of colors, apply like polish, with twist cap and applicator, but are cured in a LED lamp in 30 seconds or in two minutes in traditional UV lamps, just like gels. Gel Nail Polish stays on nails for three weeks with no chipping or peeling. It's not a secret that gel nail polish has been all the rage lately. It's for good reason, too. Gel nail polish offers a lush, rich look that is resistant to chipping for up to three whole weeks! Applying gel nail polish, however, is considerably different than applying traditional nail polish. It requires some specialized preparation and techniques.