Over the weekend, I did a little investigating into the world of gel nail polish. Manicures in the name of beauty journalism, it’s a hard knock life but somebody has to do it. I certainly haven’t made my love for nails a secret, as seen here and here. I had received some questions from friends regarding the Shellac manicure from CND. I did a little research for them online and urged them to try it. However, the idea of wear resistant shiny nails that last for fourteen days was too good for me to pass up as well. My friend was kind enough to make us an appointment at our local spa, Wind n Sea, and now I have some incredibly shiny red nails. The manicure itself was pretty basic, and included nail shaping and cuticle maintenance. A UV basecoat was applied and a UV drying lamp was used in between each step of the Shellac manicure to cure the nails. Curing basically means hardening the polish to a mirror like shine that resists nicks, chips, or smudges. A UV color coat is applied in two coats; it goes on like a polish but wears like a gel. A UV topcoat is the finishing step, and after a swipe of alcohol on a cotton pad, my nails were flawless and I was ready to go. Not having to sit and wait to dry before fishing out my keys was a bizarre feeling, but one I could definitely get used to. It’s only day 3 but I’m happy to report that they are shiny and look like I just left the salon. I will have to go back for removal next week and depending on how they last, I’ll be getting the Shellac manicure again. If they last so well in a manicure the same would obviously hold true for a pedicure. The one negative about the Shellac system is the color selection, only twelve UV color coats to choose from. I hope CND creates more colors as its popularity increases. If you are in need of a last minute holiday gift, I highly recommend the Shellac manicure. You can search for a salon or spa that performs the Shellac manicure near you here. It’s perfect for those with natural nails and who doesn’t love a manicure that lasts for two weeks?
Have you tried the Shellac manicure yet? If so, I’d love to hear from you!
*Update* The Shellac manicure stayed glossy and perfect looking with little visible nail regrowth at the cuticle. It lasted almost two weeks, and chipped a few days before Christmas while I was removing price stickers and wrapping gifts. I removed the Shellac gel polish myself by soaking my nails in pure acetone for ten minutes. The polish soaked off like, ironically enough, stickers. If there were any stubborn bits of polish I used an orange wood stick to gently remove it. It was a relatively easy process, and saved me the removal fee at the spa. The one thing I noticed, and a definite negative for me, was that my nails were left with bumps and ridges. When I polished my nails for Christmas Eve they looked streaky and the ridges showed through, to disguise this I used an OPI glitter nail polish over top. In the months that followed I had to buff my nails to remove the ridges, something I don’t enjoy doing as it can cause nail sensitivity and weakening if you overdo it. To that end, the lack of color selection and the ridges the Shellac manicure gave me are some definite drawbacks for me. I want to try the OPI Axxium gel polish manicure and see if it does the same thing.
If you have tried the Shellac manicure, did you notice a difference in the condition and appearance of your nails once you removed it?