Definitely gives the gel nail "look" and has many of the same benefits; long lasting and chip resistant being the main two. You definitely need the special top coat to get the long lasting effect though. I like to apply 2 coats of the darker shades but some of the lighter shades require up to 3 coats. Dry thoroughly between each and then finish with 1-2 coats of the top coat. Should give you two weeks of great color!