There has been much chatter about CND’s (Creative Nail Design) Shellac. It looks like nail polish, it applies like nail polish but you set it like a gel, and it lasts for 14 days without chipping (possibly more!). It also comes off in 10 minutes easily and dries immediately – before you leave the salon!
I am no nail expert – I have recently become really fond of polish but I can’t tolerate anything that dries out my naturally strong nails. I also ruin my nails instantly so the prospect of something that can last 2 weeks or more without a top up gets a bit thumbs up from me.
The process began as a normal manicure, cleaning the nail (but not soaking them) and pushing the cuticles back.
There were about 6 colours to choose from. I choose pink (even though I loved the coral) as I have some important appointments where I need to keep things neutral.
The order was then the UV base coat (set under a lamp) two coats of polish (set under the lamp) and the top coat (set under a lamp).
I was so tired when I had this done – was literally a zombie so I kept drifting in and out of conciousness…
It was by no means a fast process – with every layer needed to dry, I was in there for about 1 hour 20 mins.
After the setting is done, the nail is wiped down to remove a sticky surface – amazing! The nails really were truly dry! I have never had a manicure and not left the salon without smudging.
The overall finish is super glossy and shiny – it doesn’t look thick and gel like at all – I am not a fan of any kind of fake nail and this looks just like my own nail but glossier.
Apparently using a nail oil is a must whilst Shellac is on to keep the cuticle hydrated.
I am going to report back in 14 days and let you know if this nail has survived!!!! I am very hard going on my hands, I really am so I would be surprised if there wasn’t a little bit of wear by then.
Also, you need to have this removed by the salon (or whoever Shellac’s you!) as they use a 100% Acetone remover. I haven’t figured out what I am going to do when I am ready to remove them yet as I don’t live anywhere near the salon! D’oh!
Cheesy advert for Shellac:
I went to to try this service out, Shellac costs £52.
It’s obviously quite expensive. If you get your nails done a lot you might want to invest in this since one manicure is probably about £25 a pop anyway and lasts about a week.
I would get it done again especially for holidays because I totally ruin my polish in a short space of time.
Any questions about this, the experience etc? Ask me in the comments!
* This treatment was complimentary, offered because I didn’t have a great manicure the first time (treatment I paid for) so they invited me back for this.