|The above hand is mine, right after I've been Shellac'd. The other pic had a reglar manicure done.|
So while I was in London, I got Shellac'd.
Shellac is a new type of manicure by CND, that has been on the market for about a year.
The announced benefits are:
- a manicure that lasts for 14 days, glossiness included
- no waiting/drying time
- easy to remove in 10 minutes
- zero damage done to your nails
- "3-Free" products (no Formaldehyde, Toluene or DBP)
Basically, the Shellac products are like hybrids between regular nailpolishes and gels, like the ones used to create fake nails.
The nail technician wil apply a base coat, 2 coats of color and a top coat, and in-between coats your hand will spend 2 minutes under a UV lamp so the layer that's just been applied can solidify. As easy as that.
The whole process takes about 30 min and then you're ready for 14 days.
Does it really work?
|9 days later|
However, I do have nails that tend to break and unfortunately, 2 of them broke this week-end, causing the Shellac to peel off a bit.
Other than that, it stays shiny and pretty.
The only thing you will notice is a demarcation along the cuticle, as the nail grows.
The product is likely to stay put for more than 14 days, however Shellac does advice to remove it after that time, as leaving it on longer would make it more resistant to removal. I can't help but wonder whether that's true or whether that's just a marketing argument to make you book more appointments.
It's also advised that you get the manicure removed by a nail tech.
Personally I'm not going to do that since there isn't any available in my area and I can't go back to London just for that. However some salons do sell remover wraps so you can do it yourself, and basically all it takes is acetone. Put it on cotton pads, wrap on your fingers with aluminium foil and then wait for 10 minutes.
Would I recommend it?
Mostly, but not for everybody.
Yes, for special occasions, or if you're a super busy mom and/or business woman who doesn't have much time to take care of her nails. Yes, if you're used to getting a manicure done every week as this is more expensive but needs to be redone less often. Yes, if you're going on holiday or honey moon and don't want to take along nail products.
No if -like me- you like to change your nail color often, or if you like a lot of variety.
Actually there aren't many colors available at the moment, even though there should be more around September - colors that I usually love (navy, teal...) aren't currently part of the range. Also the finish will always be glossy, so if you like cremes or even jellies, that's not possible for now.
No, if you don't want to spend 50 to 100% more for a manicure, and some more bucks to get it removed if you don't want to do it yourself.
I would do it again before going on holiday, and I think I'd do it on my toe nails as well because they grow slower and don't break easily, so I could keep the Shellac longer there and make up for the high price.