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?