I had my nails Shellac’d a few weeks ago.
Shellac is supposed to last for the minimum of 2 weeks without chipping, as it’s a hybrid of polish and gel.
I took a photo of my nails exactly 2 weeks after the treatment.
I would say that I use my hands a lot, but to be fair, I don’t do much manual labour per se, I certainly don’t shy away from using my nails to pry things open or to pick a few noses. With this in mind, here are the images of my nails after the CND Shellac Manicure.
Remember – I acted as I normally would, I didn’t give my nails a hard time on purpose, nor did I pussyfoot around them either. I left my nails alone completely, including the cuticles so they are messy!
Ok, so you can see I have ‘tip wear’ on nearly all my fingers. I expected this really, but you see the weird chip in the middle of the nail? For some reason it started to bubble on on my finger and that’s where a chunk of colour fell off:
This happened on a nail on my other hand too – no idea why it did this bubbling but I could have peeled most of the polish off that finger!
From another view…you can see that my nails grow quite fast so the base of it was looking quite jagged. There’s not much you can do about this as this stuff is supposed to last 2 weeks, possibly more!
My cuticles are a mess.
In truth, I don’t do anything to my cuticles at home because I find that they are quite neat when left alone, and by gum – I do think they have a purpose!!!!! They have a right to exist!
So the only time I have cuticles removed is when I get my nails done. And then I get this messy cuticle thing going on when it grows back….
Here is my other hand:
Another issue I have with the Shellac is that they really dried my nails out. My nails are far from perfect but they are quite strong. The peeling I got on my second and third finger (see photo above) NEVER happens normally.
My nails were just peeling off!
Closer look – my nails are yellow because of this.
You are supposed to go to the Salon to remove it as they use 100% Acetone. I couldn’t be arsed, so I bought these CND Shellac Wraps from eBay for £5 and some pure acetone for £3 (also eBay!).
The wraps look like this, a nail nappy:
This is pure Acetone – it’s very drying on the skin (hence the whole pro removal thing) but you know what – my hands have had worse:
You soak the pad with the acetone and wrap it around you nail. I tried using a normal cotton pad, it wasn’t as good as the special Shellac removers. When removing, you sort of roll the wrap side to side and the polish…cracks off!
If you are a nail technician, turn away now, because I basically winged it:
Well, it came off and my nails are a little tender, but essentially in one piece.
You know how when you get a Boots Meal Deal, you pick the biggest sandwich you can, and a slice of chocolate cake and a fruit smoothie, just because you can and because it’s the most expensive combo you can get away with, and then after you’ve eaten it all you realise that you’ve consumed like 1000 calories and it’s only 1.30pm?
I feel a bit like this about Shellac. It was such a bloody good idea at the time, but now that there is the aftermath (OPI Nail Envy for the win!) I am not sure it was such a great idea.
Obviously – this is just one experience of Shellac. It might be better next time.
My treatment was complimentary, BECAUSE, I had a bad experience the first time and they invited me back to get my nails redone. But if it wasn’t comp, it would’ve cost a whopping £52.
There is no way in hell I would pay £52 for this experience again. £20, yes, £52, I want a signed contract saying that my nails will live long and prosper, regardless of how many cat noses I’ve picked.