I am a nail polish aficionado. I love trying new colors and am constantly giving myself manicures. However, every once and a while I like to go to the professionals. I’m pretty darn good at painting my nails, but I like having my cuticles taken care of by a manicurist. When I have my nails professionally done I always have them do a french manicure – the only type of manicure that I’m not very good at doing for myself. But, unfortunately, most manicures don’t last for very long and my pretty french-manicured nails are usually gone in under a week.
Enter Shellac. My manicurist suggested I try this new type of nail polish last week, and since I’m constantly curious about new products I immediately decided to give it ago. She told me that Shellac is supposed to last for 2 weeks without any chipping, dulling, or fading. I have to admit I was a little skeptical, but it’s been a week and my nails are still picture perfect. (The picture below was taken today, a full week after my manicure). And I wasn’t gentle with them – I cook and clean every day not to mention I’ve been moving boxes from my garage to my basement for the past two days.
So, what is Shellac?
Shellac was developed by CND (Creative Nail Design) a few years ago. It’s a celebrity favorite. It will last for 2 weeks and takes less than 30 seconds to dry under a UV light. It’s hypo-allergenic and feels exactly like normal nail polish. It also comes in a multitude of colors. Also, Shellac is easily removed with acetone-based nail polish removers.
The only downsides to Shellac (as far as I can tell) are the price and the fact that you probably need to go to a manicurist to have it applied. However, the fact that it lasts so long balances out the higher price.
I would recommend Shellac for women who like having immaculate nails, but have a hard time maintaining their manicures or little patience for repeatedly doing their nails. I would also recommend getting Shellac if you have a big event, like a wedding. It’s not the right manicure for someone who likes to change their nail color a lot. I personally would definitely get Shellac again, but probably only for a french manicure. It’s the only type of manicure that I know I’ll want for 2 weeks!
Have any of you tried Shellac before? What are your thoughts?