Monday, August 1st, 2011

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Cosmoprof 2011 Day 2

I had an appointment with CND to try out their Shellac manicure, and you know me–I couldn’t commit both hands to 14-days of wear (that’s how long Shellac is supposed to wear!).  I did want to try it out, though, and so I asked the lovely Kristina to do something fun and funky on the nails on my right hand.  I wanted every nail to be different to maximize my time at CND, LOL!  I know that when Shellac originally launched, the range of colors was rather classic/traditional, but they will launch several new shades in the fall (including the purple and teal shades I’m wearing above).

So far, I loved the process of Shellac, and if it does indeed wear for a full 14-days (or longer), it’s something I would do if I was a normal (aka, not a beauty blogger) person.  They do a base coat, one to two layers of color coat, and a top coat.  The base coat takes 10 seconds to cure, while the color coats take two minutes.  When you’re done, they’re done.  Kristina said that she often has her first-time Shellac-ers pay her afterward, because she wants them to dig through their purse and see how it’s totally dry.

On the pinky, I have Purple Purple; on the ring finger, I have Hotski to Tchotchke with Zillionaire layered over it (multifaceted flaky glitter); on the middle, I’m still trying to figure that out; on the index, it’s Hot Pop Pink with loose glitter put on over the color coat and sealed with two layers of top coat (totally smooth); and in the thumb, it’s Asphalt that’s been buffed to make it matte and dabs of the top coat for 3D polka dots.

Better and more photos to come!  Check ‘em out here! :) The best part about the 14-day wear is that I can take photos at home under my normal lighting conditions, haha!

Have you ever had Shellac done? 

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18 thoughts on “Cosmoprof 2011 Day 2

  1. I like the texture on your thumb nail a lot! Totally fun. I need to just get out there and find somewhere that does these manicures. I’m always so nervous about going to a new (as in one I am not familiar with) salon for anything.

  2. Amanda

    I love the pink with glitter! So pretty. I’ve never done Shellac since it’s too pricey for me to go to a salon to get my nails done. I’m cheap when it comes to nail stuff. :P

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of sara Sara

    I think it’s cool to get a Shellac mani for those people who love longwear and are generally “lazy”.

    It’s not for me though. I wear a polish for about 2-4 days and it’s not for me to have such a longlasting polish on

  4. RF

    I absolutely LOVE Shellac manicures! They are a little pricier, but I get about three weeks of chip-free, super shiny polished nails! To me, the price evens out to the cost of a couple regular manicures a month. And my salon offers a teacher discount, which makes it even more appealing!

    I’m a fan, all the way!

  5. I’ve never had Shellac brand gel polish done but I have had Gelish brand done before and I LOVE IT. I get my nails done every 3 weeks and get a new color. Without gel polish, my manicure chips within the first few days of doing it, probably because my job consists of me typing/using a computer all day and I tend to use the edge of my nails (especially when they’re longer) to type. The only downside of gel polish is that continued use can thin out your nails, kind of like if you wore acrylics for a really long period of time because the polish is so thick, it doesn’t really let your nail “breathe.” Know what I mean?

    I’m currently on a break from gel polish to let my nails recover, they’ve started peeling at the edges which is very sad, so I’m using a lot of strengthening polish with hopes they’ll be better and ready for gel polish again soon!

  6. Amanda

    I had it done a couple of weeks ago and it started chipping within a couple of days. I don’t know if my nail artist didn’t do it right or what, but I wasn’t happy. My OPI manicures usually last a week without any ugly chipping, I think I’ll stick to that.

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Leslie leslie

    I LOOOVVEE Shellac!I’ve done it 4 times.I’m a hairdresser and my hands are in water 5 days a week.By the 2nd day ,my polish is all chipped!I luv the shine and NO CHIPS that Shellac offers. You can even do a pedicure with it,but i haven’t experimented with that yet.

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Laci Laci

    I love the Shellac. I’ve been doing it since November and go every two weeks. I hate doing my own nails, but if I’m not wearing acrylics (which I haven’t in 8 years), the polish chips within a day.

    I also like how you can layer Shellac colors to create your own shades.

  9. Sarah

    I had Shellac done before prom this year, and my nail artist did a lovely french manicure with it. It lasted 10 days (which is a record for nail polish for me), and then some nails started to chip around the edges. If it weren’t for the price, I’d definitely get Shellac more often!!

  10. Sara

    I’ve had it done. It lasted about 7 or 8 days, and then I started getting significant chipping and gapping around the base of the nails, to the point where I had to have it removed, and I had chosen a light color to maximize the tolerability of this; I think I’d have had to have a dark color taken off a day or two earlier. To be fair, my nails grow unusually quickly — whenever I’ve gone to the same manicurist a few times in a row, they *always* exclaim over how much my nails have grown between visits — and obviously that’s going to affect the longevity of any nail product at the nailbed end (and the tips *were* still nicely pristine). Also, I didn’t care for how difficult it was to remove. I could *maybe* see doing this again for a special occasion (especially with a fancy effect like the glitter or the dots), but certainly not as a regular practice.

    • Monet

      Difficult to remove? CND makes special remover wraps with a cotton pad that gets soaked in acetone. The wrap is wrapped around the tip of your finger so only the acetone is touching the Shellac. 10 minutes later the Shellac crumbles and comes right off. If you did anything beyond that, they are doing it wrong!

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Meta Meta

    I really like to try Shellac manis out. I’ll be going on a 3.5 weeks vacation in soon and Shellac manis would be very helpful in this instance!

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Janet Janet

    Yes, and I loved it. I had it done 3 times and then removed them just to let them breath plus I wanted to be able to change my polish more frequently. It lives up to the claims. My manicure lasted up to 2 weeks (with the normal grow out at the cuticle) and some slight peeling towards the end of the 2 weeks. I loved how shiny and strong my nails were and the fact that it didn’t damage the nail bed. I will definitely do it again.

  13. I LOVE Shellac! I was very happy with the manicure I got from the Nordstrom spa here in NY–I got 3 weeks wear without chipping but your nails do sort of look like you they do when you need a fill-in with acrylic nails. Still worth it to me. So happy they’re coming out with new colors :)

  14. brenda rolloins

    i am a nail tech i use shellac, its amazing and its changed by business totally!! more and more are getting off acrylic!!! thank god!!! love it!!! im in central florida .. winter park, florida!!! if u need me hit me up… brenda!!

  15. OKAY we are totally LOVING your Shellac mani — sooo super cute! Loving that PINK glitter & definitely the polka dot thumbnail. Such FUN Shellac ideas! LOVE it Girlfriend!

  16. Ahh!!! I love it! I’ve wanted to try it, but the colors were boring. These new colors are exactly what I was looking for!

  17. Lynn

    I love Shellac. Their layering of the colors makes it that much more fun! I’m addicted. I don’t want to wait the 2 weeks before trying the next color. I have 8 shades for myself & love Fedora. I layered strawberry smoothie & kept getting compliments. Oh…what combination to try next???