So I decided to try out the Shellac Manicure, partly because I had a Groupon and got it for half price! Now, for those of you who don’t know, the Shellac manicure consists of a base coat, colour coat and top coat that goes on like polish but wears like a gel. It boasts 14 day wear with a mirror finish, and no chips or smudges and no drying time. I should note that shellac does cost more than a regular manicure, check with your favourite salon or spa for availability and pricing. Also, some places charge extra for removal and some include it in the price of the manicure.
So I went to the salon to check it out. According to the Shellac website it is available in 24 different colours, but I guess that varies by salon because the one I went to didn’t have that many. I chose a nice dark red. So she started with the usual cuticle work and filing and then moved on to the polish. If you’re using a new salon or have a new manicurist I would suggest checking the nail shape and everything before she starts with the colour, I wasn’t thrilled with the shape of a couple of my nails but by the time I noticed it, the colour was already done. Anyway, it’s a pretty standard base coat, 2 coats of colour, and top coat application, except that between each coat you place your hand under a UV light which cures the polish. So the application does take a little longer than a traditional mani, but it is totally dry when you’re finished. Which means, no asking your manicurist to fish your keys out of your purse for you, and if you get the Shellac pedi, you can put your shoes right back on, so no wearing flip flops in the snow.
|Day 1 - super shiny finish and amazing looking colour|