Thursday, November 22, 2012

Shellac Manicure Review

I recently got a shellac manicure for the first time.  It is supposed to be better on your nails than getting fake nails or gels.  But, it acts as a protectant and hardens on your nails.  The polish itself feels thick on the nails and very smooth.  It dries instantly and is supposed to last up to two weeks without chipping.
Here's what my manicure looked like right after it was finished:
I was impressed with how glossy it was and how fast it set.  I was instantly rooting around in my purse and my nails were fine.  (In case you are wondering, the little moustaches were in support of Movember!)
As the days progressed only one nail chipped, about a week in.  I ended up only leaving it for ten days and this is a picture of my nails right before it was taken off:
I usually change my polish colour every four days or twice a week and so having this shade for ten days was a bit tough!  (I know, rough life right? ;)  I found it separated from my cuticles and so there was a gap between the colour and my finger almost instantly which I didn't like.  Also, as it grew out, I didn't like it.  I can't imagine leaving it for two weeks!  But I did love knowing that no matter how hard I was on my nails, the polish would stay put.  Fantastic!  
Shellac is great if you don't mind having the same polish on for days in a row, are tough on your nails and like a very low-maintenance manicure.  
My nails were very dry after the shellac was taken off at the salon.  They were also rough and bumpy.  But, that being said, they were in much better condition than my nails were after I had gels a few years ago.  It took forever for them to recover after that! 
Have you had shellac before? Did you like it?  

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