Sunday, 11 March 2012

Will I lose the Chanel nail polish obsession, now I have tried "Shellac"?

On Friday I took the plunge and had a "Shellac" manicure for the very first time.  For those of you who don't know about "Shellac" it is a nail polish procedure which uses a UV lamp to "cure" the nails giving you a manicure which can last anything between 2 and 4 weeks with no cracks, chips or splits to the nail colour.



You don't get the normal manicure included in the procedure so no massage or lovely moisturising lotions and potions, just a little bit of cuticle work and a file of any rough edges before the "Shellac" is applied and I have to say I am already impressed!

It doesn't seem to matter how expensive your nail polish, base or top coat are, nail polish always chips and for me that is usually within 2 or 3 days depending on how much housework or washing-up I may have done, so I am looking forward to having a couple of weeks without moaning about chipped polish but I know I will miss my massive array of nail colours, especially the new Chanel spring colours, sob.

Shellac Colour Range

I opted for black as I wasn't overly keen on the other shades available but all salons will have a different range of colours, my lady has only just trained in the system so doesn't have all the colours (the new s/s12 colours are now available, see below) and although there were some nice medium pinks and corals, I thought these better for when summer is in full swing and I know from many friends/fellow tweeters who have already tried "Shellac"that it is the perfect solution for holiday nails, I even got chatting to a lady on holiday last year who had "Tropix" on her fingers and toes, it looked gorgeous and she swore by it for a fortnight in the sun, so you can leave your selected holiday nail colours and remover at home and anything that means less toiletries to take away with you has to get the thumbs up from a professional holiday packer like me!

My own nails, not a great picture!


Spring and Summer new colours.


I did my internet research as only a nail polish geek like me would do, and came across this article from "All Laquered up" showing a picture of the Shellac black polish on day 14, so it all seems very promising and looks as though the problems arise as your nails grow, because the colour goes down the nail plate!


The thought of giving up my nail polish options, fills me with dread, but so does chipped nail polish so it is going to be a hard one to call for sure, and now I have tried it for myself and am fully trained in both mani and pedi procedures, I think investing in this system will be well worth while, even if I only use it on myself and my three daughters.
Hot Pop Pink, Tutti Frutti and Tropix would be my holiday colours of choice.

Prices will of course differ from Salon to Salon and if you have had it, I would be interested to hear how much you pay.  In my area, most charge £15 to £20, so I think you can expect it to cost similar to that of a traditional manicure.

Have you tried "Shellac" yet?

25 comments:

  1. Keep us posted how you find it. As I said, mine always lasts about 12 to 14 days and they just start to lift. I also had it on my toes, and they lasted 8 weeks, it was amazing !! :) great post x

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  2. I agree, couldn't give up all my colours for good but it's great for occasional wear, like on hols. You can paint normal polish on top so long as you remove it with acetone free remover.

    Nic x

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  3. It would be a great idea for holidays but I change my colour so often Im not sure if Id get bored, but not having chipping would be such a blessing!

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    1. I'm a bit like you with my colours, so we will see what happens!

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  4. I've heard a lot about this method. Would be really interested to see if it lives up to it's claims. Keep us posted ;-) xx

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  5. I love the glossy finish! :)

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  6. I tried a similar system about a year ago and it lasted well for 3 weeks very rare for me as I have bendy nails. It cost £35 in london . Expensive if you continue. It also costs if you want it soaked off. I let mine come off on it's own, not good as it damaged my nails. Great but high maintenance if you go the salon route.

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    1. I think I will just use acetone to take off myself as was advised to do that if I didn't want to go back and pay for removal.

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  7. I am addicted to Shellac! Mine normally lasts 14 days but it does depend on what brand they use. Shellac brand ones tend to be better. PS in NZ it approx £30 so way cheaper in UK. One tip, make sure you oil your cuticles and nails as I have found it can dry out your nails if used loads.

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    1. Good tip, they did use cuticle oil after the application x

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  8. Whats the difference between Shellac and gel? I have been having gel over here for a while. It lasts about 2 - 3 weeks max and I have to say I love it. On my fingers I have either french or natural, + manicure, massage, cuticle oil etc. I dont do it on my toes. For a complete pedicure and nail polish, leg and foot massage and exfoliation, arm massage, hot mitts, cuticle oil file cut etc + polish. The whole thing without tips is about $50. How does this compare in the UK? Is shellac different to gel?

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    1. I think Shellac is a gel system Geri, so probably not really any different and price would be similar if you had a normal manicure followed by the Shellac.x

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  9. Wow, this sounds like the answer to my prayers. I don't mind sticking with one colour for a whole fortnight at a time - that would be bliss for me as I don't even get the time to have manicures in the first place. Perfect for a holiday - will check if they do it when I get there.

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  10. I tried it a few years ago when a friend was training to do it. It lasted well, though I got bored with the colour, and tbh I think my nails were weakened by it, and have been prone to split in strange ways ever since.

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  11. I had never even heard of it but would definitely be worth it if just for holidays. I find my nail varnish chips after a day or two usually quicker with cheap polishes.

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  12. Yes, I'm a huge Shellac fan! So much so that I've bought all the kit and do it myself at home. I'm not a massive fan of the Shellac colour range, though, and I get bored with the same colour for a fortnight, so I use a very pale Shellac colour, and once I've cured the Shellac top coat, I use regular nail polish over the top, two coats, plus a top coat if I feel like it. It lasts a good week, sometimes more, without chipping, and as long as you use acetone free polish to remove it, you can change the colour as often as you like.

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  13. Love that you went for black :) I tried this last year. I just love the high shine that it gives. Sadly on me I only managed just over a week before it started to lift. Not sure if typing all day then my weekend work put a strain on them so lift quicker. I had been thinking about getting the equipment to do it on myself so I could touch it up more frequently

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  14. lovely colours - havent tried it but looks good! Would love you to look at our new designer kaftans - www.bluemojito.co.uk - let us know what you thinkx

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  15. What does it do to your nails though? It looks FANTASTIC, but am a bit wary of anything that leaves you with worse nails than when you started lol!

    Ali x

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  16. Hi my dear-sounds a really amazing product with great colours too, I'm sure you will miss using your Chanel stash though, lol! Great to hear from you, hope you're keeping well and that you enjoy the rest of your weekend too xx

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  17. What a lovely stuff and I really like it. I use to do such things also to my nails and I enjoyed a lot if I am doing it. Now that I found your blog this can be really more fun. A lot of thanks for sharing. Big thanks and keep posting.


    Michelle

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