I use the pink solar on mine. It looks clear and natural. I have the solar put on over my own nail (no tips) and then a clear gel over that. That way you see my nail instead of having then painted. I do not like the regular acrylic because it is not as strong as the solar. Not a lot of places still use it. I also do not like the gel alone as it is not as strong as solar either. I have 2 in diapers so my hands spend a lot of time in water (being washed). That usually makes the acrylic or gel weak but it doesn't bother the solar. I have mine done every 2 weeks and never have an issue. Try a good place to begin with, esp if you are getting tips added to. What part of town are you in. If you are in the south of Houston area, there is a place called Bay Colony Nails at 45S and FM646 that does a great job with tips, with solar over them and gel over that. Gives a very natural look. They also have a place in south shore harbor. Good luck - enjoy.