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Shellac – The Best Nail System EVER! REVIEW

February 8, 2012

As you can tell by my title, I am absolutely LOVING Shellac! I was hooked after day one, but now that I’ve experienced the full benefit of Shellac, I’m even more convinced that this simply is the best nail system ever!

If you haven’t heard about Shellac or don’t know what it is, then you should read my first blog post on it, then come back to this post as the “after” as it’s more of a follow up.

How long it lasts

Nail polish usually lasts 2 days, maximum 3 on my nails, but I managed 14 days of wear on my Shellac. In image 3 you can see how my Shellac looked after four days – still looks perfect!

As I’ve mentioned before I’m seriously hard on my nails, banging away on my keyboard all day, opening parcels etc. I did manage to chip my thumb (image 1) around day 4 or 5, and while I could have had it fixed, I wanted to give you guys a proper review, so I left it. That’s as far as the chip got for the full 14 days that I wore this colour. How impressive is that?! It didn’t get bigger, or peel off like gel would have!

After 14 days (image 2), the colour still looked solid, with only my nail growth showing. This wasn’t too bad – it did’nt make me feel all ratty – although when you take a photo of it, it looks pretty bad.

The Removal Process

The removal process of Shellac is done in the salon and there are two ways of removing (image 6); both involve soaking your Shellac in acetone. One of the removal methods is wrapping your tips in foil, and the second, the professional Shellac way, is by wrappingΒ  fingertips in CND Shellac Removal strips (image 4).

Finger tips are soaked for a little bit, then removed and the Shellac, which is now broken up is further removed using an orange stick. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised at how my nails had grown and how they weren’t damaged (image 5)- a little yellow, yes, but that came right off after washing them with a brush and a light buff.

Then it was time to try anther colour. This time I chose “Gotcha” a pretty, “candy floss” pink that I love. In fact, as much as I liked the grey colour Asphalt, Gotcha is definitely more “me”. The thing I like about Gotcha is that it goes with everything summery and if I want to change up my nails for an event, I can paint a darker colour over it! It removes the other colour easily, without damaging the Shellac, provided you use an acetone free nail polish remover.

I’m seriously hooked! I can’t wait to try out another colour! I’m thinking either a bright coral or maybe even a classic French?

If you’re in the Upper Highway area of Durban and want to try out Shellac, give Val a call on 082 553 6125.

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  • That pink is SO pretty! It even looks edible, LOL!

  • Wow this is amazing! I also want to try it. I really hope they become available in Pretoria! Love that pink by the way. Thanks for the wonderful review!

  • I LOVE that pink!

  • Maria

    If the nails don’t get damaged it’s perfect!!!

  • Mthembu Xoliswa

    This is awesome, i’m torn between the grey and the pink LOL!

  • Kelli Clifton

    I am in-love with the pink! I had no idea they had that colour! Wowza πŸ™‚

  • I absolutely adore Shellac. Also had really great wear with mine – couldn’t make it to the salon after 2 weeks, so kept mine on for almost 3 weeks. Also had the nail regrowth, but the colour stayed put. Love the grey shade you tried – think I’ll try that shade next!

    • I am absolutely HOOKED! Just had my third colour put on and my nails are looking fab, healthy and growing πŸ™‚ This time I went for Cocoa – a very nude beige – ala Victoria Beckham

  • jeb

    How much is it?