Monday, April 25, 2011

Get Shellac-ed.

Seems a lot of people are jumping on the gel nail bandwagon and I am one of them.  I first heard of gel nails a few months back.   Basically, it's a special gel-like polish that dries almost immediately and last about 14 days. 

Here's how it works:  the nail tech gives you a manicure as usual followed by a base coat.  Your nails dry under a special UV light for 30 seconds to 2 minutes (depending on the brand of polish you choose).  She then follows with 2 coats of polish and a top coat, all drying under the light after each coat.  It takes a little longer (and costs a little more - $22 vs $14 at my salon) but it's really amazing to leave the salon with dry hands and even more amazing to have the manicure last 2 weeks!

I have tried the OPI line of products (called Axxium) and while I LOVE the familiarity of the colors (Bubble Bath, Lincoln Park After Dark, etc.), I don't think this product lasts much longer than a regular manicure.   And if you are paying more, it should last longer!

Enter Shellac (by CND).   Same concept as OPI's Axxium but a superior product IMHO.   I got a manicure last Thursday, April 14, with their "Cream Puff" color and my nails are still going strong.  Granted, there is a bit of nail growout, but the actual polish is still in place and super shiny.  

According to the nail tech I go to, this is the best line of gel nails out there.  Nothing but the best for me!

Have you tried gel nails? 



  1. I have my very first shellac appointment this Friday, I am super excited to try this, I keep hearing how fabulous it is:)

  2. i keep hearing people talk about this - i can't wait to try it!
    hello from another kc blogger, found you on the map:)

  3. I am totally gel polish obsessed!! I first tried it a few months ago and have not turned back since!! It's amazing!!

  4. I loooove shellac! It's all I want on my finger nails now! It lasts so long for me.

    Meggy from Chasing Davies