My local nail salon had an offer for £20 for the Shellac gel manicure. I have been wanting to try Shellac/Gelish nails for a while, and with the offer that was on I decided to book myself in.
The website quotes:
Shellac Nails TM last up to 14 days without losing shine or shimmer. They are hard and do not scratch or smudge. When it comes time to take them off the nail, it is as easy as 1, 2, 3 and it does not damage the nail itself.
So the process involved filing nails into shape and removing cuticles. Then, the lady applied the base coat and I had to put that nail under the UV lamp. Then a layer of the Shellac colour, under the lamp again, another layer of Shellac colour, under the lamp, top coat, under the lamp. Then, each nail was wiped with alcohol and voila my nails were done, and COMPLETELY dry. It was a strange feeling of having perfectly dried nails after a manicure and I still found myself being really careful as though my nails were still wet.
Here is a picture after I got them done:
And exactly 2 weeks later:
You can see that my nails have grown out a lot! But, they are still pretty shiny and the wear on them was pretty good! I am usually quite rough with my nails and the Shellac didn't chip over the 2 weeks. However, towards the last couple of days the paint did start to peel a bit.
I had the Shellac removed as I wanted to play around with some new nail varnishes I have purchased recently. The removal process was pretty simple. The lady put some acetone on a bit of cotton wool and placed this on each nail, and wrapped foil around it (so each finger tip was like a foil parcel). I kept this on for a while and my hands were placed under a light to heat it up a little. Then she removed them one by one, and scraped the remainder of the Shellac off. My nails don't really look damaged at all, they look pretty normal to me. I have had acrylic nails removed in the past, and that is a lot more damaging.
I would definitely recommend Shellac, and I will definitely be having more Shellac manicures. It's just the thought of having perfect nails for 2 weeks, and not having to worry about chipping them in any way! But, in the salon I went to they didn't really have that many colours -and the colours available were all pretty similar. So I look forward to seeing more colours being added to the Shellac range!