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Gelous vs Sistaco - Why Gelous is the Best Sistaco Alternative

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There’s much to think about when you’re getting started in your at-home nail journey. Whether that's value for money, quality, or simply just trying to understand the various nail products, what they do and how they work.

It’s easy to get caught up amongst all the noise, what’s key is finding the right brand that you enables to not only create stunning manicures from the beginning but also gives you room to grow.

Gelous is designed for people just like you. We bring salon-quality gel manicures to the comfort of your own home with high-quality, ethical and affordable gel nail products that paint on just like regular polish. Even better, the Gel Polish is simply cured using our UV/LED Lamp to give it its spectacular shine and dependable durability that keeps you coming back for more. Whilst Sistaco incorporates some Gel Nail Polish elements into their process, the nails instead are coloured using mineral powders. This involves using a special brush to apply the powder on and around the nails, in between layers of Gel Polish. Meanwhile, at Gelous we keep it simple with processes and products that can always  be relied on to produce sensational results, every single time. That’s why when stacked up against Sistaco, we have the edge.

5 reasons why Gelous is the best alternative to Sistaco

Ease of Use

Gelous Gel Nail Polish - photographed in America on model

At Gelous, we know just how overwhelming an at-home Gel Nail Kit can feel. Thanks to Gelous’ easy application system, achieving flawless salon-quality nails is as easy as it gets. Our straightforward process follows through as you expect, meaning there are no sneaky surprises or troublesome techniques. With Gelous, you prepare your nails as you typically would before applying our base, colour and top coat, ‘curing’ your polish inside your UV/LED Lamp after each coat. The result is a long-lasting glossy gel manicure (or pedicure!) that shines like nobody’s business. Gelous products paint on as smooth as regular polish, so you’ll be a pro in no time.

The last thing you need is to be faced with unfamiliarity whilst you're getting started. With Sistaco, the application process follows a similar journey to ours, however, the colour coat is instead applied through a mineral powder. This involves dipping a special brush into the powder jar and applying it to your nail with careful strokes until it is set into the base coat. Since you're using loose powder, this can be a messy process, and when applying your top coat you must also take care not to lift the powder. With Gelous, we make it easy for you with a no-fuss application with tools you already know, so you can reach that salon-quality result earlier.

Long-Lasting & Kind to You

Gelous Lady in Red Gel Nail Polish - photographed in America on model

There’s nothing worse than drab, chipping polish, or a manicure that has left your nails damaged. We understand how important healthy nails and longevity are in a gel manicure, that’s why we take care of both.

Gel Nail Polish is easier to apply for at-home users, so it should last longer. Whilst the longevity of your manicure highly depends on how closely you follow the prep, application and aftercare instructions, with Gelous these are particularly clear and easy to follow - meaning you can trust your gel manicure to last for at least two weeks without any fading, peeling or chipping. We believe in helping your nails to flourish, so unlike Sistaco, Gelous also offers Rubber Base Coat and Builder Gel to increase the strength of your gel manicure and in turn make it last longer. Our customers find both of these, or one or the other hugely increases their manicure length and typically remove their set simply because it has grown out. With Gelous, you can be confident your gel manicure will last when it matters most.

Not only do we believe in long-lasting gel manicures, but we also keep it clean with products that are kind to your nails. Whilst neither Gel Nail Polish nor mineral powders should cause any damage to your nails as long as they are removed properly, Gel Polish is less likely to cause irritation as it can’t be breathed in or blown onto your skin like powder. Also, Gel Polish is more-or-less mess-free, you can simply wipe off any Gel Nail Polish that has slipped onto your cuticles before curing with a Nail Art Brush, Silicone Tool, or an Orangewood Cuticle Stick. We keep things simple, so your gel manicures can stay as fun as they’re intended to be. 

Flexible Finishes

Gelous Galaxy Gel Nail Polish - photographed in America on model

When considering your options for at-home nail products, you should always keep the end result in mind. What sort of look are you endeavoring to create? Sistaco provides a number of holographic, metallic and classic powders, all that produce a lustrous finish. This is a result of the shiny pigments within the powder, meaning that even with a matte top coat, there will always be a slight sheen to your nails. These finishes are just the tip of the iceberg for Gelous, and with greater choice, there is far more flexibility for you to create different looks.

Gelous has got you covered with over 260 Gel Nail Polishes across a vast range of colours and finishes, meaning you will always be spoilt for choice with options you will never grow tired of. You’ll find shades anywhere from neutrals to neons, all with that classic glossy gel finish that everyone knows and loves. If you’re hoping for a more lustrous finish, look no further than our Glitter and Metallic Gel Nail Polish range to watch your spectacular shimmer come to life, or use our Matte Top Coat to create a truly matte finish. For those days you’re in need of a more subtle set, you can count on our Sheer Gel Nail Polishes, or for something a little bit different choose a Special Polish to achieve a unique finish, like a tortoiseshell, marble, or galaxy effect. With Gelous, the sky’s the limit for your final look.

Why restrict yourself to just one style of finish, when you could have many?


Gelous The New Yorker Gel Nail Polish Art using Pastels, Checkers & Nail Transfers - photographed in America on model

With Gelous, you’ll discover high-quality products that are also kind to your wallet. We believe that affordability shouldn’t come at the cost of quality, so we give you everything you need to create stunning nails at a price that makes sense.



Nail Polish/Powder $20.00 NZD $29.95 NZD
Top & Base Coat $20.00 NZD $30.00 NZD
Nail Stickers $7.00 NZD $19.95 NZD
Starter Pack (incl. lamp) $110.00 NZD $99.95 NZD
Lamp $70.00 NZD $39.95 NZD

No matter what stage you're at in your at-home nail journey, you will want products that are easy to use, long-lasting, and great value for money. Gelous believes in making the salon-quality experience as accessible as possible, so that means cost-effective pricing for when you’re getting started in your journey and as your skills evolve. That’s why you’ll find our Gel Nail Polishes and Nail Stickers at an affordable price, so you not only see that salon-quality result from the outset but also easily grow your nail collection as you do.

Whilst our lamps come at a higher price, this is a result of our commitment to quality. With a spacious dome design created with both manicures and pedicures in mind, our UV/LED Lamp is designed to cure Gelous Gel Nail Polish to a professional standard. Complete with a removable magnetic base plate for pedicures, two heat functions, a smart timer with an LED display and up to 50,000 hours of use, application is effortless and reflects that of a salon. When compared to foldable, compact lamps, it’s hard to argue against features like these.

Superior Range

Gelous Gel Nail Polish Range - photographed in America

To keep things exciting with your at-home nails, it's important you have the freedom to choose from a large product range. With greater choice across colour, finish and nail art the possibilities are endless for your gel manicures, curbed only by your imagination. Gelous’ extensive range offers you this, being a one-stop shop for all your at-home nail needs.

Unlike Sistaco’s 70 powder pots, Gelous has over 260 Gel Nail Polishes across numerous colours and finishes. You’ll never get sick of your nails or feel like things are becoming repetitive with our range, instead always waiting in anticipation for your next set. Why confine yourself to solely vibrant, shimmery powders, when you can have the flexibility and versatility of Gelous Gel Nail Polish? Whether you’re in need of a bold hue, pretty pastel, classy neutral or dazzling glitter, there is sure to be something for you. With everything from soft sheers to mesmerising metallics, you can trust Gelous to have you covered for any occasion, any day of the week.

What's more, Gelous makes it easy to level up your manicure with impressive nail art. We know all too well that nail art is half the fun, especially as you progress. That’s why we stock an extensive range of Nail Stickers, Transfers and Foils, and a highly-recommended collection of Nail Art Brushes, Tools and Guides, so you can experience the fun for yourself. Plus, with Gelous you’re free to use Blooming Gel, Galaxy Polishes and Special Top Coats to create unique manicures complete with effortless nail art, perfect for the total beginner. Alternatively with Sistaco, you are reduced to 14 packs of stickers and no further tools or polishes. Why limit yourself when there is so much room to grow? We believe in making salon-quality nails as accessible as possible, so that means giving you the tools to succeed whilst trying your hand at nail art. That’s why we consistently post tips and tutorials on how to achieve your new favourite looks and are always here for support. With a Gelous Youtube channel full of step-by-step video tutorials, an Instagram full of inspiration and blogs full of advice, you’re in good hands.

What our customers say about us

Gelous is a simpler, more cost-effective and better-ranged at-home gel nail solution than Sistaco, but why just take our word for it? Check out what other people just like yourself have to say.

"I had been using Sistaco before this for a while and Gelous is way better/easier/quicker to use! My polish doesn’t chip now whereas when I was using Sistaco it would chip/peel within a day. The removal process is SO much easier (I use the nail polish remover Gelous sells on their website). It’s also a lot easier to get thin coats with Gelous."
- Monica

"I invested heaps into Sistaco. It kept chipping and lifting and my nails kept breaking so they were always really short. Switched to Gelous and they last 2-3 weeks and I finally have long nails! No breaks!"
- Helen

"I changed and wouldn’t look back. I hated how the powder mixed into the top coat and I would get a week, that was all. It often also wasn’t a smooth finish. I use Gelous Rubber Base, Top Coat and Builder Gel and oh my god I’ve never had such length and strength!"
- Marie

"I’ve tried Sistaco and it ended up lifting it my nails and took ages for them to grow back healthy. I also found it was hard to get a nice thin layer. I’ve switched to Gelous and find it so much easier. Awesome colours. Would definitely recommend it!"
- Joanne

"This brand is absolutely amazing. I get my order within a few days every time and am yet to find a product I don’t like. The application process is simple and easy to understand especially with their video tutorials while always having the option to be as creative as you like. Would absolutely recommend to anyone who is wanting to give doing their own nails a go."
- Leone

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