Who doesn’t love a manicure? You get to sit and relax for 30-60 minutes while someone gives you hand massages and makes your nails look all pretty! They are one of my favorite luxuries. Unfortunately, manicures typically chip very quickly. I’ve tried all the tricks: applying a topcoat every other day, drying your nails individually after a shower, etc. Nothing works. It’s not a good feeling to know you paid $20 and got two days of chip-free nails.
Not a fan of regular manicures, but don’t want to ruin your nails with acrylics or gel nails? Well, a couple weeks ago I found a solution for all of you manicure lovers out there! This past spring CND came out with Shellac nail polish. You might be saying Shellac, hmm what is this exactly? Shellac is a cross between gel nails and traditional nail polish. It gets applied like regular nail polish, but dries like a gel. Shellac gives your manicure a little more stability than the usual manicure, allowing it to last longer.
Shellac manicures take slightly more time because after each coat you have to put your hand under UV light. You are not getting as much UV light as you do with gels or acrylics. It is totally worth the few extra minutes, because immediately after you take your hand out of the UV light for the last time, your manicure is completely dry. I walked out of the salon a little hesitant, as I’m used to having to sit and let it dry for awhile before touching anything. I put my gloves on and when I took them off later, no smudges! It was a miracle; I could go about my regular business immediately after getting my manicure.
Unfortunately, you can only receive a Shellac manicure at a salon; you cannot do it yourself from home. Salons everywhere are starting to offer this service. It is about 50% more in price, than a typical manicure costing anywhere from $30-$40.
Right now, there are still a limited number of colors: shades of pink, red and brown. You can also mix and match these colors to make new colors. When I got Shellac, I had the manicurist do a French manicure, as they are my favorite. Coming in March, more colors are going to be released according to CND, “we know you are awaiting NEW colors…and they are ON THEIR WAY!!! Twelve new Shellac shades will be available March 1st (…and yes, BlackPool – a gorgeous, rich black – is one of them!) Find them all at your CND distributor, and at the upcoming ABS Show in Chicago (March 13-14).”
Shellac manicures are guaranteed to last up until 14 days. I kept my Shellac on for three weeks, and while it didn’t chip, my cuticles were showing BADLY as my nails grew. Also, after 14 days, it becomes harder to remove the Shellac.
To remove Shellac, you either need to go back to the salon or you can do it from home. You need to soak cotton balls in acetone and then place on each nail. Wrap the cotton ball in foil and let it soak for about ten minutes. I recommend doing only one hand at once, so you can still use your hands, if necessary. This works just as well as getting it removed at salon without the cost.
Some people say they get bored of their color and wouldn’t want the same color on for two weeks. I can see their point, but two weeks isn’t that long to me, and I just love looking down at my polished smudge free nails!
Shellac is amazing, and I am in love. Don’t just take my word for it though- go try it for yourself!