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Shellac Nails – Review


Shellac nails. The solution to all our nail related problems?
Not really, but they are giving it a good shot anyways.


A little background: Shellac offer a range of nail polish using UV3 technology. This means your base coat and colour coats are blasted with UV light for about 10 seconds after every coat is applied. This results in nails which are very tough, beautifully shiny, non chip and last for 14 days at a minimum. Amazing!? The only downside appears to be the lack of colour choice, currently there are only 12 available shades.


I’ve had Shellac nails done a couple of times in the last few months and I have been pretty impressed up until recently; the last time I had them done the technician who applied the shellac was not very experienced and as a result the application was pretty rough and the paint lifted and bubbled on the nail. Not good.


Anyways, I decided to give it another go today. I was trying to choose from the not so great colour selection when the technician informed me she could mix different shellac colours to achieve another colour! How did I not know this?? I had gone for Chinchilly by Essie on my toes and wanted to match that on my hands.
She selected Fedora and Strawberry Smoothie (you can see how they do it here) which were layered together to get a similar shade to Chinchilly. See pic below;


Although the shade is quite similar I have to say I am not super impressed. Initially, I thought it was amazing the way the new colour was achieved, but when the manicure was completed I could still see some of the initial dark colour (which was applied first )around the edges. You can’t really see it in the picture but it kinda bugs me.
Overall, I think Shellac is a good product but its all down to the application and how skilled the technician is. As for the layering technique, it didn’t do it for me so I don’t know if I will be trying it again.
If any of you lot have had it done, or have any tips let me know!
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  • Reply Niamh

    >the layering thing doesn't seem to work very well, the end result reminds me of when I used to colour my nails in with metallic marker ink during art class, all line-y and unpolished.

    February 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Theresa

    >Some Shellac colour layering work better than others. Unfortunately, Strawberry Smoothie is not one of the best.

    Shellac has now launched a further 12 colours though to double the choice of base shades:!/photo.php?fbid=10150105004236547&set=a.10150105004231547.275793.569586546&theater

    March 8, 2011 at 10:04 am
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