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Published on: 04 May 2011 by crissy78

New Long Lasting Nail Polish ~ Shellac Wears for 14 Days!

I don’t know about you, but it makes me really mad to spend $50 on a mani/pedi only to have the polish chip away within a couple of days. As for having gel or acrylic nails applied – ick! They make your fingers feel clumsy and boxy, and peel away your natural nail during the removal process. Thinking I was destined to have to re-paint every third day, I recently discovered Nail Shellac - the hottest new nail trend for 2011


The gel Shellac polish is absolutely amazing. Your mani/pedi lasts for TWO WHOLE WEEKS without chipping! I have an appointment to have a Shellac manicure done in a few weeks – will post pictures when it’s done.  You can get clear coat for shine, French mani, pastel, regular colors, or glitter.  I have a couple of friends who have already had this done, and they are highly impressed.  They both said the finish lasted for more than 14 days, without one chip.


So how does it work?

The gel Shellac nail color is applied, and then your nails are set to dry under a UV light for about 10 minutes. A clear top coat is applied, and then dried again, under the UV lamp.  


How much does it cost?

Surprisingly, not much more than your average manicure!  Most salons in my area charge $30 for a manicure, and $40 for a pedicure. Considering the staying power of the Shellac, the cost isn’t too steep/


Can I do it myself at home?

Of course! I’m a firm believer that anything that can be done in a salon can be done at home. You just need to invest in the right products, and can’t mind spending a bit of money on your investment.  The UV3 drying lamp will cost around $150 and each jar of Shellac nail polish is around $25.  If you love to have professional looking nails, and make a monthly visit to the salon, you can save mega-bucks by doing it yourself.


How to remove the Shellac?

With 99% Acetone Remover – basically a strong nail polish remover. The salon can do this for you, although I’m not sure how much they typically charge for removal. They use Shellac Remover Wraps (soaked in the Acetone) and allow them to sit for 10 minutes, wraped around your nails. A bit of rubbing with the pad, and the Shellac comes off. Any remainder can be scraped away with an orange stick.


I can’t wait to try out the Shellac polish and will post a review & pics after I do.  Just wanted to spread the word about this awesome new polish - it sounds like a 'must-have' for Spring & Summer!




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