My New Year’s Resolution this year has been to not have Ashy Larry hands and I’ve been holding up very well to it. Before this year, I’d have my makeup done but my hands? They would basically look like I was boxing in enriched flour. So sad. *smh*
So I’ve been trying different types of manicures and about a month ago tested out the CND Shellac Gel Manicure. CND Shellac is a hot, relatively new manicure that boasts no chipping, no smudging, and near salon fresh nails for up to 2 weeks. The only thing you’ll notice is the demarcation line when your nails grow. Sounded too sweet for me to pass up!
So I sashayed down to the Spa at Nordstrom and handed over $45 plus tip in exchange for my new manicure.
At the Spa at Nordstrom, I was greeted immediately by the reception area and then shortly after taken into a private room for my manicure. I was amazed at how quick the process was. First your nails are buffed, filed, and cuticles are pushed back. You don’t get all the treatments you would during a manicure (I imagine because it would interfere with the Shellac). The manicurist told me to make sure I use cuticle oil and/or tons of hand cream on my hands and nails because Shellac can be very drying on the cuticles. A lot of alcohol was used on the nails prior to applying the Shellac–again I assume so that the treatment applies better.
After each coat of base, color, and top coat, your hands are placed under a UV lamp for about 2 minutes. There aren’t many colors to choose from (I think I saw a total of maybe 8-10) so I picked the brightest one in the bunch. I really wanted to try a darker color, but the manicurist said the lamp they have doesn’t work well with the darker colors but they should have one that does by my next visit. The darker colors had a very deep blue-red, a dark vampy burgundy, and I believe I saw navy blue.
So how do it hold up?
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CND Shellac is definitely worth the money if you want a long-lasting manicure that doesn’t smudge nor chip and don’t mind committing to the same color for about 3 weeks. I can’t begin to tell you how much I was CRAVING for a new color while wearing this yet still amazed at how long my manicure lasted.
So how do you take this stuff off?
Simply file the nail surface down just a smidge where the CND Shellac is, dip a cotton ball in acetone, apply it to the nail and wrap in foil for about 1-2 minutes and it comes right off easily with a cuticle stick. You can also use an orange stick to remove it after you apply some acetone. But it literally comes off like a breeze. Niiiice.
No damage other than some dryness was done to my nails. I keep them super short, but the nails were still as hard as they usually are. I’d do it again but maybe when they get more colors.
To find a salon near you that offers CND Shellac in the US or Canada, go here.
Would you try this manicure?