Have you heard of Shellac for your nails? Nail polish that lasts for 2 weeks? I'm sure you have and I am just now seeing the light. If so, sorry. This post is entirely a waste of your time. xo
Anyway. Shellac. It's available in some salons and it is not the Gel product of ye olde days. I promise. I was never an acrylic girl because it really hurt me, nor was I a regular mani girl -- the paint wears off way too fast for it to be cost effective. I have really nice, strong nails that lend themselves to an at-home mani rather well. Typically, if I want my nails done for an evening or whatever, I do them myself. It still wears off though. Bummer.
Then I learned about Nail Shellac (by CDN). The promise of shiny, no chip-or-wear polish for two weeks. Intriguing. The price was the kicker. $30-40? Um, well. I think I'll just take my little bottle of Revlon and stay home, thankyouverymuch.
However... A few weeks ago, I heard there was a nail tech apprentice in town who would do Shellac for $10. ($20, if you want the full mani.) I was totally in for a $10 try. Who wouldn't be?
I forgot to take pictures of day one. But you know what? It looked like a Day One Manicure, so...here's day 3:
No chips! Shiny!
The only thing annoying me is how fast my nails are growing, thanks to the prenatal vitamins. Also, don't look at my cuticles. This is about the polish, people.
And... day 14:
I actually wore it until today, which is like day 19. But I wanted to take it off and to be able to tell you how it goes down. Here are the details:
- Every stage has a short curing process under a lamp. Base coat, two color coats, two top coats. It took 15 minutes, total.
- It feels like nail polish. Like if you put that many coats on, but nothing more.
- They are immediately dry. That part is weird. I was walking around with 'delicate hands' for a while, but it's not necessary.
- It stayed shiny to the end.
- There are no icky ingredients. It's hypo-allergenic and contains no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP.
- There aren't as many colors as regular polish to choose from yet.
- It's been around for a year, in May 2011.
- You remove it with acetone. I soaked my nails for a few minutes in a small dish, and the polish peels off. Here's the most important part for me: There was no nail damage.
- I would do it again.
- (Even if I didn't have access to a cheap version. I'd do it before the holidays or a vacation or something. Worth feeling 'done to the nails' without the work.)
- You could have this done with a clear polish, even... or a french tip, and then not worry about the regrowth as much. Just a thought.
- I'm not getting compensated for this. Just thought I'd share my experiment with you. :)
Ok. That's it. Also, I turned 39 yesterday and still cannot believe it. Ack.
It's going to be another great year. I can feel it. xo