Shellac Nail Review by Kari

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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.  

Exhibit A

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.

Conclusions/Results:
  • 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!



20 comments :

  1. You've convinced me, I'm going to have to try it!

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  2. I tried the shellac about a year ago. It was right before a vacation, so I wanted my nice nails to last a long time. The shellac did last a long time (I think mine was 2 weeks and a few days) and my nails looked really nice during that time. Taking it off, though, was another story... I peeled it off and it wrecked my nails! It took about 2 months for my nails to get back to normal. To be fair, though, the manicurist did tell me that I should come back to have it taken off... I think I'd definitely try it again if I had a special occasion coming up and wanted the manicure to last a long time, I'd just probably pay the extra to go back to the salon to get it taken off.

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  3. Your nails look fantatsic. I have tried it, i just didnt like the process of taking the polish off at the end...i had to soak them in nail polish remover with tinfoil around each finger for about 20 minutes...

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  4. i love how your nails look. I've been tempted to try shellac myself but i'm scared of the removal process. It would be nice to have my manicure last way longer though! 

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  5. Ok, so maybe I just had a fluke experience - sounds like people did not enjoy the removal process!!  But I would still say give it a try and see how it works for you.  I still loved mine!  

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  6. Yeah, you're probably right.  My manicurist didn't say anything about needing to come back to have it professionally removed so I had no clue!  Bummed that it left your nails in such bad shape! 

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  7. Yay!  Give it a try and let me know what you think! 

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  8. I love them too!  The other bonus is that when they do chip, it starts from the back, so it's not nearly as noticeable....especially if you have a french manicure.

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  9. I'm intrigued. I don't usually get manis though. I've only gotten them twice! And I didn't pay for them. #cheapo But will have to keep Shellac nails in mind next time occasion permits.

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  10. It sounds awesome (I'm so rough on my nails), but the price tag is a bit alarming. Maybe one day when I'm feeling EXTRA fancy a.k.a. when my husband has a job. But they do look fabulous!

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  11. I have a friend that works at the bank I use and also cleans houses professionally.  I commented on her lovely nails the other day & she said they were shellaced.  This was the second time she had had them done & they were lasting about a month & her own nails were growing out. Here she said it was $10 extra.  Haven't tried it yet but I'm anxious to.

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  12. I had them done once, and loved them so much. I had my husband order a UV light and the shellac off ebay for me for Christmas, and for under $100 I have everything I need. I've been giving myself (and everyone I know) shellac manicures every couple weeks....Best. Present. Ever. My favorite is to put extra fine glitter (just the kind from the craft store) over a shellac color and seal it with the clear top coat, and you pretty much have the most glittery nails imaginable, that will last for weeks!

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  13. I had it done this summer and loved it. It lasted about 12 days and then I just peeled it off too. I commented on a friend's long nails and she said she had done shellac and thinks it was making her nails grow longer. I had a friend buy it too and now want to go use her system!

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  14. Maybe I'll give this a whirl for the Evening of Angels event.  I hate having my nails done, but maybe if it looked nice for more than a day I'd be more inclined to do it.

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  15. Awesome post! I agree shella or gel polish can be steep so I started DIY manicures at home. Totally worth a try! Here are a few of my attempts if you are interested: http://granola2glam.blogspot.com/search/label/Beauty%3B%20feature

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  16. Jtown- you totally should!  you can even get a nude/light pink so you nails look natural but extra special!  tell me how you like it...

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  17. ok Kassie you rock!!  That's so awesome!  That is some serious dedication that I love!  

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  18. Whoa!! your ombre glitter nails are amazing!!  I cannot do my own nails so I'm always super impressed when people do awesome stuff at home! 

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  19. mine peeled right off the day i got it done. pfffttt..... also, as you mentioned, no color selection...

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