Monday, March 14, 2011

Shellac final thoughts.

Day 1 shellac

I have finally removed my Shellac manicure. To read about the manicure see these posts. I left it on for 13 days but easily could of gone much longer. This is right day 13.


Day 13 shellac

For removal the lady who did my manicure told me to soak my nails in regular acetone. I didn't want to do that so instead I did the glitter removal technique with Sally Hansen Dry brittle nail polish remover which is a gentler formula I had on hand. I left them on for 10 minutes. When I took it off some of the polish had already started to come off. If I left them longer I bet more would of come off on it's own but I get inpatient. The polish was extremely soft and I just used my thumb nail to gently scrape it off all the nails. It came off easily and I barely rubbed it. I then went over them with a cotton soaked in remover to get all last bits. I have no mid removal photo because both hands were covered in remover when I thought to take a picture! If I had actually soaked them in acetone I think in 10 is would easily of come off without a ton of effort. I don't really want to do that with my 2 cats in my small apartment.

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Pardon the staining. The Shellac did not stain at all. The tips were stained prior to Shellac. My nails actually grew longer and stronger and healthy because they weren't bent or chipped for two weeks.

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I damaged one nail but I think it was my fault. Because I rushed the removal my middle finger on my right hand wasn't soft enough when I scrapped it and it tugged and peeled a little spot. If I had left the remover on a minute more I am sure it wouldn't of happened.

Final thoughts. I would totally do it again. It was $25 with a full 2 weeks of wear. At my 13 days that breaks down to $1.92 a day but I could of left it longer. At that same salon a regular manicure is $16 ($14-16 is regular here) I have never got more than 4 days completely chip free from any manicure making it $4 a day for the chip free days. This would be great if you were going on vacation and you wouldn't have to worry about touch ups the whole time! It'd be good for a big event and you could go days ahead and not worry. It does feel a little different the first hour or two but I got used to it right away and not breaking a nail for two weeks was great. (I'm always painfully breaking them normally)

Imagine how good a pedicure with this would be!!!

14 comments:

hillary said...

Yes I do both. I didn't wash clothes until last night when I took it off though. They were extremely durable. Normally my nails are trashed doing both those.

hillary said...

OMG... a shellac pedicure. You just blew my mind!

It's official. I want to get this done now. Can I just ask a quick spot of advice? My nails right now are wretched. They hate nail polish, or rather hate themselves after being subjected to nail polish that has since been removed. They are dry and they crack and I get bubbles at the tips that then peel them off leaving extremely thin nail layer at the top.

Do you think shellac at this time would be a good idea? Or should I wait until the tips are more healthy to get it done? I'm thinking on one hand the manicurist could smooth everything out and then apply the shellac... then I could let my nails grow in a bit and once the shellac was removed I could just cut them down so all the nail would be healthy. Buuuut would weak/messed up nail tips make the shellac chip?

This is my favorite review of yours so far, Hillary! Thanks :)

hillary said...

I might wait a little. Two of mine were peeling proior to it and I cut them all short when I went for that reason. Do you take boiotin? Hoof saver too! It really helped mine. Sallys or and feed store carry it.

hillary said...

Oooh no, I never heard of it! I'll check it out... and grudgingly wait out my current horrendous nail situation.

hillary said...

Do you ever do dishes by hand or actual handwashing of clothes? I ask because my nails get wrecked because of constant washing up and I wonder if the shellac would actually stick around. It sounds like a very good cost-per-day type thing if it stood up to much banging.

hillary said...

very cool. thanks for the review! I would definitely be up for something like this. Especially a pedicure!

I've seen salons in my area advertising "no-chip manicures." I haven't asked about them, but is it the same thing as the shellac? Or should I look for "shellac" manicures.

I love your makeup and nail reviews.

hillary said...

Shellac is a brand name by CND. I know there are a few types of no chip manicures but this is the only one I've tried.

hillary said...

I've tried it once, and it was fantastic. I left mine on for 11 days before my nails started growing out, but the color was still in tact. We seem to have very similar nail beds...just saying...

hillary said...

great nail beds think alike... wait that isnt the cliche i want...

hillary said...

I wanted to comment that I really like the length of your nails and that your nails have a really nice shape.

hillary said...

i am soo happy to read your review on this! thanks for taking the time to post your review and pix. i am going on vacation next week and have an appt. for shellac - and was wondering if it's worth it. now i am SOLD!! (and also excited!) it's the little things in life that make me happy... :)

hillary said...

I have been eagerly following your shellac experiment and waiting for this moment. 13 days of wear with no damage from removal is the most amazing thing ever! I'm definitely going to treat myself to these sometime . . . maybe when I get my tax return. Thanks for keeping reviewing this!

hillary said...

Are you kidding ??? I would have the pedi on for so long they would look like french tips by 6 months!
Wow this would work perfect for my long work trips....

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