CND Shellac Nail Treatment

As I mentioned, last week I had the pleasure of receiving the new CND Shellac Nail treatment at the Clarisonic Sonic Chatter blog launch party. A little over a week later, Tutti Frutti (the color you see below) and I are still going strong.

I have to say, I have really put this manicure through the ringer. With all the packing, moving and cleaning I have done lately after moving,  I expected at least some  wear (and maybe a chip or two) on my nails but Shellac is holding up its end of the bargain beautifully.

At first glance, Shellac looks like any other nail polish but the key to this product is the UV light that the polish cures under in between each coat of the base, color and top coat. Once the timer has gone off for the UV light after your top coat has been applied, you no longer have to careful with your nails. You can dig through your pockets or even a bag full of nails! Ok, maybe not literally a bag of nails but you get the idea, right? I was completely in awe that I just had my nails done and could search for my car keys in my bag without a single smudge or nic on my nail color. That alone made me want to kneel and praise at the altar of CND.

Over a week later and the color on my tips is looking just as good and glossy as the day it was applied, this photo here was taken yesterday. Don’t they look good? You know how sometimes you can almost “color” with your nails? I do this a lot because the day job consists of handling lots and lots of paper, so inevitably the tips of my nails tend to do a little coloring. With Shellac, this accidental coloring is a thing of the past, the color is not affected at all. This stuff seems almost indestructible!

The only thing that would keep me away from Shellac is its price. It is definitely the kind of treatment I would splurge on just for fun or before a vacation to ensure flawless nails but my wallet could not handle it every 2 weeks. That’s just me though… My aunt on the other hand, loves the idea of nail polish that lasts so much that she’s on the brink of booking herself an appointment. For her, nail polish does not last more than a day on her nails so she doesn’t mind the price. If that’s the boat you’re in or price simply isn’t an issue, Shellac is definitely the way to go.

With said, I’m already planning a return trip to Spa Scotta to get CND Shellac in Wildfire on my nails once they are a little longer. For now I’m wondering just how long I can stretch out this manicure, I’ll be sure to let you all know on Twitter just how long that is. :)

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15 Responses to “CND Shellac Nail Treatment”

  1. Dana says:

    Hope — I just did Red Baroness topped with Strawberry Smoothie on myself yesterday (photos on my facebook page — click on my name; it’s linked). I also did the Rosebud topped with Strawberry Smoothie on my mom yesterday (I didn’t get a pic, though). Both turned out great!

  2. Kat says:

    Is anyone having trouble with “shrinkage” whilst painting the shellac? especially on enhancements? It seems that the wet shellac pulls away slightly from the edges.

  3. Nicky says:

    Does anyone know if you can have a Shellac French mani? I have the Nails Inc 3 week UV gels done every 2.5 weeks, but sometimes they only last 10 days, always on the look out for new ideas…

  4. Dana says:

    Nicky — of course you can! The application is different, though, than a standard polished French.
    After proper manicure and nail prep (instructions for all of this is found on CND’s website), you apply your SHELLAC base coat and cure with your CND lamp for 10 seconds. Then, one thin coat of either NEGLIGEE (a fully sheer purple/blue) OR ROMANTIQUE (a translucent pink), and cure 2 minutes. Next, you apply a thin “free edge” of CREAM PUFF (there’s a video on CND’s facebook page), cleaning up excess as you go, then cure 2 minutes. Last is your SHELLAC top coat, curing that for 2 minutes as well.
    Wipe with IPA 99% (I found it at Safeway), apply cuticle oil, and you’re done.

    SHELLAC is not guaranteed to last two full weeks, but in most cases, it’s close. SHELLAC is also not an enhancement like gels or acrylic, but can be used with them (instructions on how to do this is also found on CND’s website).

    Good luck!

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