Over the past few years, the shellac polish trend has been gaining steam, becoming a popular alternative to the traditional mani/pedi. I recently had a shellac mani done and was incredibly impressed, so much so that I was inspired to write this post!
How it works:
- Nails are prepared the same way they would be for a traditional manicure (soaked, filed, buffed, etc.)
- A special shellac base coat is applied to nails, followed by two coats of shellac polish and a shellac top coat. Nails are dried between coats under a UV lamp that dries them in roughly 30 seconds.
- When the top coat is done and set under the UV lap, the nail surface is wiped with a soft cloth and alcohol and the manicure is complete.
- A chip-free manicure for up to 2 weeks.
- Rich colour and texture – polish is thicker than normal polish so it tends to have a more opaque, gel-like appearance.
- No drying time – walk out of the nail salon minutes after the top coat is applied. BONUS: this is ideal for pedicures in the winter when you don’t want to wait forever for your toes to dry before applying socks/shoes!
- Once your polish starts to chip, it can tear off parts of your nail surface, leaving your nails weaker and uneven. Your best bet is to have your mani removed at a salon, but this is at a cost (both time and financial). If you have the time and patience, you can remove it at home: follow these instructions and use a 100% acetone solution.
- Shellac costs more than traditional polish applications. At the very affordable salon near me, a shellac manicure is $32, the same cost as a mani/pedi.
- It is challenging to DIY – most shellac manufacturers only sell to licensed professionals, though select at-home kits are available.
Below are some pictures of my recent manicure using CND’s Cake Pop shade:
Have you tried shellac?