Thursday, March 03, 2011

CND Shellac

Let me preface this entire review with two things.
1. I paid for this out of pocket.
2. I don't know their cruelty free status. I have a call into them waiting to hear back.

On Monday I had my nails Shellac-d at a salon near my work. CND makes a special polish that you have a professional apply and last two weeks! It is not acrylics or gels it is a new technology entirely. It is hard like acrylics and gels but not as thick and removes easily with no damage. I knew someone who had it done and raved about it so I did some research and got it done myself. To remove it you either can have it done at the salon or basically do my tinfoil trick. Seriously the company sells little things that are basically what my tinfoil deal is. I have not removed them yet so I will report back on that.

I had Fedora done which is a deep red brown kinda like Lincoln Park After Dark by OPI. It cost $25 and it took an hour from start to finish but much of that was the soaking and manicure part.

This is what they looked like immediately upon leaving the salon.

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(those are rain drops not bubbles in polish)

First she prepped my nails as she would any manicure, soak, clean cuticles, buff and file nails and arm and hand massage. Application was interesting. She cleaned my nails off one last time and applied a clear base coat and than you stick your hand in a lamp machine for 2 minutes. Immediately upon taking them out she wipes all that base coat off. Next she applies a layer of color, 2 min in lamp, layer of color, 2 min in lamp, top coat, 2 min in lamp. Then she wipes them all off again! It was stressful I was convinced she was going to wipe it all off but it was just a sticky film she wipes off. That's it! They are nice and hard.

This is day 3.
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This is day 4. Today.
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So far no chips, no wear on the tips, no scratches or dents. A quick rub on your shirt or pants and they are instantly shiny again! I have never had 4 full days with no chips with any polish ever. I have had acrylics in the past and they trashed my nails. I am hoping this doesn't do anything to them. I have heard from a few that they were removed with absolutely no damage. I will let you know.

Possible Pros
  • 2 weeks no chips
  • Cheaper than a manicure if you figure cost vs longevity
  • No need to reapply
  • Nails become hard with layers on so this would be a good way to grow out your nails. (as long as they remove without issues)
  • NO CHIPS
  • oh and no chips!

Possible Cons
  • Cost? I didn't think it was unreasonable. 
  • Might get bored with color?
  • Access? It is still fairly new so it might be harder for people to have access to it in some areas.
Have any of you had it done? What did you think? Did you ever have acrylics? 

When I used to have acrylics I would just have my nails acryliced I wouldn't get tips or anything put on. I have to say my nails looked SO GOOD they'd be about as short as they are now but my polish was never chipped. I used to do it when I worked in a fancy office and I was an assistant and delivered mail to people on three floors so people were looking at my hands all day.

18 comments:

hillary said...

I got the gelish manicure, which is similar to shellac, and I am on my second one this week. It lasted two weeks and no chips on the top but when my nails grew out after two weeks, I peeled the polish off because it was annoying me. LOL but I love it, as I am on my second one!

hillary said...

I haven't seen anyone doing axiom around me ! Boo. please report back if you do it.

hillary said...

I have had Shellac done... Initially, I was really pleased with the results. After probably 4 or 5 days, though, the polish actually started peeling off my nails. It kind of lifted a bit, and was done from there. I haven't tried it again. My sister started getting the Axiom by OPI done, and it seems to be even better than Shellac. I am looking forward to trying it out. Also, since the Axiom is by OPI, the color selection is much better than Shellac, and they are starting to release all of the regular colors as Axiom as well.

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Abbe

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hillary said...

OooH! Where did you go to get it done?

hillary said...

email me byhillary AT gmail

hillary said...

i have had acrylics (with tips) and for my wedding i had gel put over my natural nail -- both totally ruined my nails. these days i pretty much just use nail strengthener and polish, and for the most part, my nails are in good shape and are relatively strong and thick on their own.
i would be interested to hear your update about the removal process and the effect it has on the condition of your nails. if it doesnt ravage them, i may look into this process in my area!

hillary said...

$25 is a good deal! I am looking into getting a Shellac manicure and it's around $45 here!! I am looking forward to seeing how long it lasts for you and what the removal process is like...

hillary said...

Ree Drummond (the Pioneer Woman) recently had this done and did a few posts about it: http://thepioneerwoman.com/homeandgarden/

hillary said...

I checked and there are a few participating salons near me. I'll have to see how you make out before I decide, though.

hillary said...

Check that link someone shared the woman did a full review! Looks wicked promising!

hillary said...

I had Shellac done twice last year during the summer. The definite con was that I got bored with the color because it lasts for the full two weeks. I did Tropix first and did everything from gardening with bare hands to swimming. It was incredible how it lasted. By the end of the two weeks I had a tiny chip but obvious growth because my nails grow like mad.

Best part- you can FILE them and they don't chip. I'm the one who works at a library and regular manicures last 2-3 days with the wear and tear.

The second time I had a french manicure. It was very pretty but boring. It solved the growth problem but was yawnworthy. I took it off myself the 2nd time and thought it made my nails slightly weak but not too bad.

I'd do it again for a vacation easily. I'm interested to see how you feel about yours!

hillary said...

It does! My nails grow fast, so I think I may wait until I have a special occasion to get this done. I'm most interested in the security of not having to worry about chipping in the first few days. Typically special occasions involve traveling for me. You should have seem me right before my cousin's graduation hunting around NJ for a Sally's because my China Glaze chipped on me. It would be nice to leave home and not have to bring bottles of polish/top coat in my bag.

hillary said...

vacation! That's a great Idea. I am going on a big car trip this summer and it would be perfect!

hillary said...

I tried something similar, called an Axxium manicure. I ended up taking it off a little over a week into it. It wasn't chipping, but my manicurist did a crappy job and there were those "raised edges" (sort of like what you were talking about when you tried the Sally Hansen Salon Effects - it would catch in my hair and stuff) so that's why I ended up taking it off early. Still, a week is phenomenal for me. I type all day so all regular polish chips halfway through the first day for me.

Honestly now that I've been using the Salon Effects, I don't think I'll ever get a "long-lasting" salon manicure again, like Axxium or Shellac. Salon Effects doesn't last as long, but it's a lot cheaper and I don't have to leave my house for it. So for me it's worth it.

hillary said...

From what I have been reading Axxium is more like a gel manicure and does damage your nails. Did you find that?

hillary said...

Actually yes now that you mention it, it did damage my nails. I kind of forgot about it. I talked about the damage here:

http://www.dressesandcake.com/2009/10/please-take-note.html

hillary said...

I will let you know for sure... I am hoping I will have the money to do it in the next few weeks!

hillary said...

Hillary I had never heard of this before.... I absolutely love how they came out and the fact that they look great and perfect and remain unchipped!
I had the acrylic nails for my wedding and then for a business trip and they weakend my nails - however I do get them done once a year for a really long business trip I take , so it-s not that bad.