Have you guys heard about Shellac nails? I feel like it's getting popular these days. Anyone ever tried it? Well, over Christmas (we stayed in NYC - first Christmas away from "home!") I bought a Groupon and gave it a whirl. First, I'll say this: I love getting my nails done. LOVE IT! In NYC you can get a quick standard mani/pedi for $20. So. Awesome. Anyway, my sister-in-law told me about Shellac since she's super into manicures too. She said it's a new type of polish that is supposed to last 2 weeks without chipping or nicks or anything and it doesn't damage your nails as much as gels. Have you guys tried gels? I haven't, but I guess they file down your nail so it leaves your nail weaker and you have to get gels professionally removed? This is just what I've heard on the street. So, in the name of science and an awesome deal, I tried Shellac.
I snapped this pic like the night I got them done. (Please disregard my hang nails, etc. Those are not due to Shellac, rather my inability to care for my nails!)
Here are my findings:
- Shellac manis take about the same time, maybe a little longer, to get done. We're talking 30-40 minutes.
- Limited colors are available because it's a unique formula that is still new so get ready for a smaller selection.
- The manicurist will not massage or soak your hands (mine didn't) at the beginning, she gets right down to business!
- Your hands will constantly be under UV lights between coats to dry and set them. You will be flipping your hands to make sure they get set from all sides. Mine were like 2 little caves - 1 for each hand and my manicurist told me when to flip and come out.
- At the end, because of the drying process and the unique properties of Shellac, your nails will be COMPLETELY DRY! No more worrying about digging around in your purse right after your mani, or keeping your hands safe for a while after you leave. It's DONE. She massaged my hands and tapped on the nail to show me it was really dunzos. I was nervous, but I didn't need to be. These babies were completely fine.
- I am freaking tough on my nails, scrubbing dishes, and doing other things that would normally make lesser manicures chip and wither away. My Shellac mani lasted for about a week and half before it started to chip a bit. I mean a tiny bit.
- Everyone will be jealous of your awesome nails and wonder if they are fake, but you get to assure them they are your real nails and Shellac magically makes them look awesome.
- I started picking at the chips and peeled off my Shellac easily but you can read about how to properly remove it here when the time comes.
Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend getting this done. In NYC it's about $40 a pop (not cheap!) so keep your eyes peeled for deals but I kinda think it's worth it because of the instant dry, how it looks, and how long it lasts. Tell me your experiences with Shellac!