Last month my local nail salon had a special on Shellac nailpolish application for $18 instead the regular $45, so I decided to take the plunge and try it out. I have always been curious about CND’s Shellac UV Nailpolish but found it too expensive.
CND’s Shellac is a hybrid nailpolish: traditional nail colour and UV polish. It comes in a traditional nailpolish bottle and applies like nailpolish; however, instead of waiting for the polish to air dry, it is cured/dried under an UV lamp. Just like a regular manicure, my manicurist first cleaned, filed and buffed my nails. Next she applied the base coat, colour and top coat. Each coat is cured and dried under the UV lamp before the next coat. My manicurist painted and cured each nail individually, so as she is painting a nail on my right, I would be curing a nail on my left.
The formula is thin but pigmented. The polish looks just like regular nailpolish but with a jellyish look to it. It does have a subtle smell to it but not as strong and chemical as traditional polish. My nails were smooth and glossy and the polish did not smudge, chip or buckle. My manicurist did a very good job painting my nails too.
The application and curing process took about 40 minutes. My nails were completely dry by the time I left the salon and I was able to put my jacket on without smudging my nails and staining my jacket. My manicurist even convinced me that it is absolutely dry. LOL!
So far, I really like the look of Shellac nailpolish because my nails look glossy, smooth and chip-free, even days after the application. I love the convenience of virtually zero dry time. I wish there was more colour selection though because my salon does not have the full CND Shellac colour line and they only have the classic colours. This would be a good service for anybody who wants long lasting nail colour and don’t mind wearing the same colour for up to two weeks; people who need to have perfectly manicure nails for a prolong amounts of time and don’t have a lot of time to change nail colour, such as the Christmas holidays, weddings and vacations. I would get it again if there was another promotion.
CND Shellac is supposed to have up to 14 days of wear, with some people wearing it for up to 21 days. I will be documenting my wear for 14 days and posting every 3-4 days including the removal process next week. Stay tuned!
PS This week’s pictures were taken at night because I did not have time during the day.
I was a bit rough tonight with my nails and scratched it up a bit, but I have to really look hard to see it and most people don’t notice the scratches. Not bad for a night of cutting up sheet metal to build an architectural model.