Hello all, I know I started this series way back in November and I had intended to post all 14 days everyday but real life projects and commitments got in the way. I also haven’t been feeling very motivated and inspired to write in my blog for the last several months. To be plain I just didn’t feel like it; however, I will try to get back into this because I remember I used to really like posting regularly. Anyway this post is about days 13 and 14 of my experience with CND Shellac UV nailpolish in Hollywood.
Throughout my experience with shellac nailpolish, I was impressed with the longevity and the wear and tear of the polish. During the two weeks of wear late last year, I have been intensively cutting metal and building architectural models for my portfolio. Normally, my nails would be chipped within a day or two with these activities while wearing polish; however, the polish didn’t even make a dent. The wear was perfect and shiny even at day 14, only my nail growth shows that I have had the polish on for awhile.
While I really like the long lasting and chip resistant wear of Shellac, what I don’ t like are the slightly see through quality it gives, also when looked at closely, it can look a little “plastic”. Perhaps it is the colour I chose? Additionally, I find the removal process a bit of a pain and difficult. I did not have the CND Shellac removal wraps, so I used the cotton balls soaked with acetone nailpolish remover and wrapped it with tin foil for 10 minutes. The method was cumbersome and even after leaving the acetone remover on for 15 minutes, ( I purposely left it on a little longer) I still have trouble removing the polish smoothly and efficiently. According to the reviews I have read, the polish should just break off. The polish soften but I have to rub very hard and even scrape off the polish with my nails, which is probably a big no no. If or when I try the shellac polishes again, I would buy the Shellac removal wraps, maybe that would be more efficient.
In summary, I really like the long lasting colour and shine of Shellac. I think this would be a nice service for those who have a busy schedule and don’t have time to change nailpolish. It is not for people who likes to change colours every few days; however, this would be great for busy events in your life, such as weddings and honeymoons, where you would want perfect colour with strong wear and tear for extended periods of time. Thus far, the colour selection at most salons are still very limited, my nail salon only has six colours last year. However, CND has 30 colours on their website, hopefully the salons will stock more colours soon. Most colours are “classic” colours, perhaps as this service gains more popularity there would be more colour selection. It is also pricey, at about $48 CAD (depending on your salon); however, I got it on special for $18.
Overall I do like Shellac, I just wish there are more colours and I may try it again if there is a promotion and I will definitely get the removal wraps this time! I would definitely try CND’s Hotski Tchochke, a beautiful teal next time, if my salon carries it!