Saturday, 28 April 2012

CND Shellac Nails Review

I have had the CND Shellac nail manicure done a number of times over the last year and I thought I would do a review on how I find the product to work and the pro's and cons.

Shellac is an acrylic gel nail polish that is painted straight onto the nail and dries hard like a fake nail. So its basically like getting a fake nail painted onto your real nail.





Ok now, my first mistake was not being smart enough to think "oh hang on, the above is a promo photo, of course it has been photo-shopped" - see the cuticle area of her nail. So when I went to get this the first time I had the above image in my head and that is NOT what you get. Its still great but not that flawless, so don't expect miracles.

So I saw this a number of times going past different nail salons and thought I NEED IT...off to my local Vietnamese nail palace I go.
FYI - I got this colour as it was "coral" looking in the bottle but be warned - it changes in the light, In this light it was nice coral, under different light it was fluro pink!


THE ROUTINE:



First off, they do a normal manicure where you go to the wall and pick your colour (there are only a handful to choose from for Shellac at this stage so I usually go with trusty red). The manicurist then cuts cuticles, files nail, buffs nails etc.

They then bring up a a little UV light and put on the table next to you.

So, like any manicure, you get a base coat, 2 colour coats and a top coat. You must dry your hand (one at a time) in this UV light for approx 3 minutes.

Whilst one hand is drying the lady works on the other hand, so you are swapping hands over and over into this UV light machine...thing.

PRO's:


  • The most amazing thing is...there is no drying time after the top coats are dry! Your nails are hard as rocks! You don't have to sit at the weird little bar and wait for everything to dry or be told to "be very careful" when you leave. They are just perfectly dry about 3 minutes after the top coat is put on.
  • This manicure lasts, chip free, for 2 weeks. I don't hold back when I have Shellac on - I do gardening, scrub the bathroom, use my nail to get something out of my teeth - NOTHING makes this stuff chip.
     
  • Now.. in saying the above, It can peel if your manicurist does a crappy job around the edges of your nails. This product is thick so if there is a slight overlay onto the skin or chip around the edges of the nail...it will peel up.
     

CON's:


  • This stuff ruins your nails. If you are not willing to go back and do it over and over, be prepared for some weak nails for a few weeks following the removal of the polish. FYI:  In order to take Shellac off you need to go back to the salon OR for a DIY tip you buy nail polish remover that is specifically for fake nails (that is: a remover that contains acetone),  wrap each nail in an acetone soaked cotton ball and then wrap with foil to protect. Leave for 5 minute and it should wipe off.

    I have done this, but I just can't be arsed most of the time...what do I do...peel it off. This stuff is THICK so you find a weak point around the edge of your nail (by the end of 2 weeks these areas are lifting so its easy to peel).  This isn't great for the nail obviously so if you are a better person than I, then do it properly. Although in saying that, I really do find that either way you do it, your nail is weak and peely afterwards.
  • The other thing is that as Shellac is basically a fake nail painted directly onto your nail, its quite chunky so you can get a rather blocky fat look to the end of your nails:


Image from Google

 OVERALL:

I am a fan of this, as long as you can wear some clear nail polish after you have taken the Shellac off or go back and get it done again straight afterwards This stuff does look really good.

At first I was not a fan - the edges peeled up and it didn't last too long but then I realised that it was due to the manicurist not doing a good job, not because the product is poor.

I recommend you give it a go at least once if you are curious, just to see if its your thing. For me, I did it for a few months running and got over the fad, but writing about it is making me want to get it done again!

For nails only this will cost between $25 - $35 AUD depending which salon you go to but this is available in 99% of salons worldwide these days.

UPDATE -  I recently read an article that brings a very good point up about the use of the UV lamps used to dry your Shellac Manicure. These lights are almost the same (if not the same) as tanning beds. Therefore using these lights on your hands is not only exposing you to the risk of cancer but also prematurely aging your hands! My advise would be to put on a waterproof sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going for the manicure and hopefully it will sink into the skin enough that even with the washing hands and massage stuff, it will still protect you.

You might be thinking "who cares" and sure for a one off, no biggie, but if you end up getting this done once a month or every fortnight, just think of the UV exposure your hands are getting! 

FYI - thanks to a lovely reader, I learnt that the old formulation of CND shellac contained a chemical called methylpyrrolidone with is known to cause reproductive toxicity (as in, your baby might come out with 11 toes). The company states that they have reformulated the product and removed this harmful chemical but just be wary of the age of the CND nail polish being used at your salons girls!

Louise x

90 comments:

  1. Hi Louise, I'd just like to point out a few things in your review. You state that Shellac ruins your nails, were you given any aftercare advice? I'm not sure you were or you chose to ignore it, If you chose to pick the product of your nails then it will be yourself that is doing the damage to your natural nail NOT Shellac! The aftercare also states that you should use a good quality cuticle oil twice daily like solar oil and you should wear gloves while doing household/gardening work. Basically YOU need to look after them to get the best out of them, also to add some info about the use of UV lamps .. UV-B output for both UV nail lamps was less than what was found in natural sunlight.

    The bulbs used in UV nail lamps contain special internal filters that remove almost all UV-B, so this result is not surprising. The test results show that the amount of UV-B to which client skin is exposed is equal to what they could expect from spending an extra 17 to 26 seconds in sunlight each day of the two weeks between nail salon appointments. A full report on the use of UV lamps can be found here
    http://www.nailsmag.com/article/91099/uv-nail-lamps-are-safe-say-industry-experts. Amazing what you can find out with a little research :)

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    1. Interesting comment. Thanks. I do use a cuticle oil when wearing Shellac and I was given the correct aftercare advice. My experience (which is what this post is based on) is that my nails are damaged and weak after using Shellac and all those I have spoken to on other web forums and face to face have found the same problem.

      Thanks for your comment.
      Louise x

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    2. I love shellac! (really no different than getting fake nails) My nails have always been weak, they split and break. I am so happy I found this product...I was never advised on aftercare and I've been to 3 different manicurist, which one of the two times my polish looked GREAT! No bubbles and no chipping.

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    3. I agree with Louise. It does leave your nails damaged and weak.

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    4. It is not the shellac that ruins your nails. It is the removal process if not done properly. If the shellac is not broken down enough by the acetone, it will peel layers of your nails off. Do not use simply nail polish reminder with acetone, use straight acetone. Saturate a cotton ball with the acetone, place on top of the nail and wrap with a piece of foil. Let each nail Saturate for 20 minutes. At that point the polish should be completely dissolved with no damage to the nail. As for the lights, wear a pair of basic cotton gloves and cut the finger tips off with a pair of scissors. If you use sunscreen, it could inhibit the shellac from adhering to the nail bed.

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    5. My nails are in MUCH better shape after using Shellac to help me break my nail biting habit...then again, I followed the instructions for removal & didn't peel them off myself!

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  2. And anyone that is interested in the report about the use of methylpyrrolidone .....As of August 2011, CND Shellac does not contain the chemical Methyl Pyrrolidone
    (n-MP). Prior to that, several original CND Shellac color formulations used a raw
    material that contained trace amounts of n-MP in the solvent. The amount of n-MP in
    the final formula was below 0.1%, well within safe harbor limits of California’s Prop 65.
    Full report can be found here http://www.cnd.com/press-releases/cnd-shellac-safety

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  3. Hi Louise, I'm a professional nail technician and I've just had a quick scan through this, 1st off your nail SHOULD NOT be 'buffed' whilst receiving a shellac manicure, this is not correct procedure. I truly believe you have been to a salon that has not received the correct training for this product.

    I truly believe in shellac and have used it on many clients with not one problem. I offer clients the correct aftercare to enable them to look after them correctly.

    Shellac is an amazing product and used with the correct procedure will not be harmful to your nails and will most certainly help them!

    Regards.

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    1. Hi Katherine, I recently got Shellac and they also buffed my nails and gave me no aftercare information. What is correct application and aftercare procedure? I want to be able to distinguish an educated manicurist the next time I get my nails done!

      I used to always get gel nails (artificial) because I had a hard time growing my natural ones. My manicurist told me shellac is just as strong and will protect the nails so they will grow longer. It seems to me that if they are not applying it correctly this will not be the case.

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  4. The color on her nails looks almost exactly like the one from the Shellac ad, and that exact same thickening thing has happened to me with genuine CND Shellac polish (as applied by really good techs at Bliss), too, so I have no reason to think that they used one of the copycat systems. The Shellac does dry immediately (ten seconds after I was done I had m hand in my purse reaching for my keys -- not a lick of damage) and constantly looks freshly applied and still wet, but I had to stop getting the it done because (unlike the OP ;) I had it removed properly in the salon with the CND wraparound pads and the orangewood sticks and there's a reason they reach for the buffer so quickly: your nails look like hell underneath it, discolored, flaking -- and they try to hide the damage by smoothing your nails down quickly. So you do end up stuck in a bit of a vicious cycle, because the removal of the stuff leaves your own nails weak and hideous, so naturally you're going to want to get them Shellacked again immediately. (Also, because they have to cover the cost of those stupid Shellac pads, which are available via Amazon, most salons charge a separate fee of at least $10 to remove the Shellac, even if you're having it reapplied, so you have to add that cost in if you plan on becoming a repeat customer).

    I would still get the Shellac done, but only as a one-off: for a wedding + honeymoon or vacation or some other situation where I want colored polish for about 10 days and don't want to have to think about it again once it's been applied. N.B.: while the Shellac itself definitely lasts 14 days, you can't really go two weeks between Shellac manicures because by about Day 10, if you have a normal nail growth rate, you'll have too much new fingernail growth showing at the bottom of your nail and the Shellac will look like bad acrylics sitting on top of it. So you really have to get it three times a month if you're fussy about things like that, and suddenly you're spending $300 a month (USD, before tips) to keep up your mani-pedi, plus the application takes 1.5h (I go to a place where I can get my mani and pedi done at the same time and be out in 45 mins, but not if I'm getting Shellacked). Worth it?

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    1. It's a Professional service that's just not the same at home, so either you do a shitty Manicure at home that lasts maybe 2 days, or a beautiful Professional Manicure at a Spa and have gorgeous nails for up to 3 weeks! It's not an expense everyone can fit into their lifestyle, but for many it is definitely a must have. I've been wearing Gel Polish for months and there's little to no damage done to my nails. They are always properly removed and my nails always need a good buff. Buffing is part of a manicure! It's a step taken to maintain healthy, happy nails.

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  5. I got the Shellac removed properly on my second and third attempts and it was just as bad as pulling it off myself. Your nails are pretty ruined for at least a few weeks afterwards either way. Mine were paper thin.

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  6. Exactly my point. You peeled yours off, I had mine done the way CND recommends, and either way, your nails are completely wrecked underneath it. The stuff is just bad news for your nails, which is why, as I said, I'd do it as a one-off for a special occasion, but no more on a regular basis.

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    1. Yes, I tend to agree with your view. Thanks for your comment :)

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    2. I wear this on a regular basis, but I am a Professional and I can do it myself at home. It's really not damaging on the nails at all. It should be buffed PRIOR to soaking it off, and soaking should be 15 mins! NO LESS. If your technician is doing different, then that would be why. If you're going to someone who wants to get you in and out in a hurry, well they probably don't care if they have to be a little abrasive on your natural nail. Just make sure you go to a Professional who really takes the time to pamper your nails, and there will be no damage done EVERY TIME.

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  7. I love it. But OTOH, I always get my nails done, regularly, every two weeks, like clockwork. In the summer, I do my toes as well, though i find that with shellac, I only need to do the toes every six weeks or so as my toenails grow much slower than my fingernails. From May through October I usually get my toes done four times. I am well pleased with the results I get with Shellac!

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  8. The cancer risk from the small amount of UV exposure in a manicure of this type is so tiny as to be negligible.

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    1. I agree that a one off amount is negligible and without some sun exposure you run the risk of vitamin D deficiency, but use after use is a different story just as sun exposure can be dangerous if you are overexposed throughout your lifetime.

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  9. There is a difference between carcinogenic and teratogenic (or allergenic, for that matter). If you don't know the difference, you're not qualified to comment on what is or isn't carcinogenic (or teratogenic, or allergenic). Hint: You described a chemical that is teratogenic, but you replied to a comment that the product caused itching (which would be allergenic) then said "le carcinogen."


    As it happens, methylpyrrolidone is considered TERATOGENIC rather than carcinogenic. In some people, almost anything can be allergenic.


    There is POWER in knowledge.

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  10. I have had Shellac done probably 6 or 8 times over the past 2 years. My nails have never weakened, nor do they look bad afterward. I usually get the soak off without redoing the Shellac. So I walk out of there without a manicure or polish and my nails look great.

    I wonder if the people who complain about discoloration used a really dark color? I think I only used red once, but there was no discoloration.

    I did have one manicurist suggest to me to make sure I let my nails breathe between Shellacs.

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    1. Yes I think you are right to let your nails breathe between Shellacs :)

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  11. After using for several months my fingers started to itch horribly. I could not sleep because the itch was so intense. Have heard that Good Housekeeping gave it a bad review. Ie carcinogen!

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  12. Ouch that sounds uncomfortable!! I had a look and you are right, the formula did contain a pretty bad chemical called methylpyrrolidone which is known to cause reproductive toxicity (aka it could stuff up your baby making) BUT CND Shellac have apparently changed the formula to remove this from their product. Although of course the old product is still around on the market so I guess keep an eye out on the batch date or maybe people can just wait a little while until the old products would well and truly be used up!! Thanks so much for the info! x

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  13. Unless I am lazy, I would never go 2 weeks in between manicures. The polish may not chip, but the nail is still growing -- not nice after about 10 days. Also, MOST IMPORTANT -- There is a warning out for this type of manicure -- ultraviolet light does not discriminate when it comes to causing skin CANCER...

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  14. shellac is not a fake nail its a power polish. It is concentrated on a natural nail and it should be applied in very thin layers so shouldnt be thick. the colour on the nails doesnt look like a shellac colour so the nail tech might have used a different system

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  15. I had no idea Shellac weakened your nails but it makes sense considering how bad fake nails are!  Still want to give it a go though!!

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  16. Hey, Thanks for the info :) it was definitely shellac (unless they refilled the CND jars with some other product). I have had it at a few places, maybe the nail tech's were just crap and that's why it gets a bit thick and blocky.

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  17. Wow what a great review! Thanks so much for the tips, you really covered all the bases! Im going to get one tonight as I leave on vacation tomorrow for 2 weeks, perfect idea! Thanks for sharing

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  18. Muy buena informaciĆ³n... ;0D Gracias

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  19. I am allergic to acrylic & recently my fingers began itching & breaking out after shellac was applied. Are all shellac polishes the same.

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  20. Great review. Am going to get it done today and keep my fingers crossed about the state of my nails after removal.

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  21. I honestly love shellac ! But what is the difference between nail polish and Shellac I mean yeah it gets hard after being under the light but it's basically the same thing as nail polish just thicker . I have Shellac on right now and I have had them done before. It did not once ruin my nails . Shellacing is amazing !

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  22. Its hard on your finger nails. Anyone that thinks different has not had it done several times. Shellac is very hard because it 's laden with chemicals. I am a lab tech and know what I am telling you here; not good for nails.
    Once in a great while for vacation or emergencies when you can't be bothered may be ok, but vanity has it's price.
    So is gel and acrylic bad, why does vanity matter more to you than the health of your nails?? There's a reason they are so thin after applying these chemicals ..they suck the good stuff out of your nails and leave them thin, weak and brittle.

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  23. @nlcnlc87. I also agree that a constant use could pose some issues. I just got my nails shellaced for the first time a few days ago. I am really happy with the out come. I to am a Medical Lab Tech. I am aware what chemicals can do to ones hands, however as you state a here and there treat would not be cause for concern. Just enjoy them when you do treat yourself, but be aware to much of a good thing, right?

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  24. I had the CND Shellac nails done only three times as did my sister in law and we both experienced the same thing. They were done correctly and removed at the salon and it trashed our nails. NEVER again!

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    1. Same here I have had my nails done several times and now my nails are trashed!!! I have always had nice strong nails and they are the worst looking things now. Can't wait for them to grow.

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  25. Need a tip
    I bought the kit myself..and just love it. But, how do i keep the colour on the very ends of my nails... Only noticable if i shove my hand right up to ur eyes....but its bothering me lol

    I was told its just practice..... Is there a trick??! Can i go over the edge after everything done???

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    1. Mine do go over the top edge a bit and I find that if I "break this seal" the shellac will start to peel - I can be pretty hard on my nails, gardening, cleaning, crafting and such - but I find when I'm more careful not to mess up that "overlap" on the ends I don't have any trouble. She does just a little of the color on the edge and then does a little more with the clear coat that she goes onto the "underside" of the nail a teeny tiny bit. I say give it a try and see if you like it.

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    2. it's a procedure called "wrap and cap"
      The product shrinks 10% when exposed to UV, so cap the "free edge" of your nail and it won't :)

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  26. Hey There
    Have you ever had it done professionally? If yes, have you noticed they dab at the very tip of your nails when doing the coloured nail coats? If not...they do haha :)

    Basically, once the Nail technician has put a coat of colour on, before putting your hand in the UV lamp, they dab gently (with the coloured polish) to coat the very tips of your nails. This method seems to get rid of the problem of having unpainted nail tips.

    Hope this helps,
    Louise x

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  27. Yep
    I did all the process..dabbed the ends too

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  28. Just my two Cents!

    I am not a Professional.
    Naturally one or two my nails will "layer" once they get long-ish. I peel it up and smooth the edge if it does.
    I bought my own generic 36 watt lamp and Genuine CND polishes.
    I follow the directions directly from CND.
    I prep my nails with Scrub Fresh and that has made a big difference against bubbling or lifting but may try the vinegar trick instead.
    I take my time and apply THIN LAYERS as directed.
    I give myself clear or french Mani's only. I use a Filbert Paint brush to cleanup my smile lines.

    ***I simply soak the polish off in 100% Acetone in about 2-3 minutes using a mini-bowl and if it's cold I place that bowl inside a bowl of hot water (Speeds up the process).
    I use my natural Thumb nails not an orange stick to gently rub/remove the polish.
    I do give myself a manicure about once a month to smooth out any ridges that have grown out(Ridges cause breakage/weakness).

    And a year and a half of regular use and self-application my nails are in better health and stronger than when I used to let the Manicurist do it.

    I have tried other Gel Products and nothing compares to he added strength the CND gives my nail during wear. The others chipped, lifted or the nail broke, using the same techniques outlined above.

    With CND Shellac, they rarely break and if they do it was a pretty hard hit. And usually only lift if I was rushing or skipping a step.
    I love Shellac and I know from personal experience the

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  29. Most times between my 2week shellac mani, I have chips,broken or split nails. The tech uses CND products. The first time I had them done was at an exclusive nail salon and I actually could have gone 3 weeks. They were perfect. Is there some thing the nail tech I amusing now isn't doing right?

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  30. Thanks for the great review! Am a little astonished by the force of the criticisms by users "Patti Pender" and "Vicky Artistic Nails"-- they read like PR attacks! Glad you shared your experience and gave others a forum to share their honest opinions. I just had my first manicure ever, and hadn't known anything about shellac-- will keep these experiences in mind and get a shellac when/if absolutely necessary. Otherwise, regular nail polish and occasional manicures fit me!

    Don't forget that while shellac may have nasty chemicals, do does regular nail polish-- toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalates, etc that also are cancer-causing and/or linked to reproductive/endocrine problems. Best to do everything in moderation!

    Thanks again.

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  31. I've had my Shellac on for almost 2 years and have it redone every two weeks consistently and my nails are perfect underneath! I Love Shellac!! I really think you need to go find a skilled manicurist trained in Shellac!

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  32. I had it done around 3 years ago. I LOVED the feel of the product and the way it looks beautiful. In my case, I didn't like the lack of length, my nails were shirt but they looked smaller with it on. Also it peeled and the nail itself was really weak. Did them twice. The pearl color and a French look, loved it. I'd do it again tho. Love not having to worry bout it. Plus if you get bored with the color, u can put color on top to spice it up.

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    1. It shouldn't be peeling. If yours did, it must not have been done right. The only time I've had peeling is if I "break the seal" across the "top edge" of my nail and then just keep being hard on them (cleaning products, scrubbing & scrapping with my nails, digging in the dirt without gloves etc or filing them)then eventually they start to peel from the top - then the hard part comes into play... not to pick at them! The nail is weaker afterward but you get much less damage if you're allowed to soak in the foil wraps for longer, like 1/2 hr, and soak longer if areas are still "stuck".

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  33. I have read your review and because I am a shellac certified trained nail technician I feel the need to answer your review. First let me explain thoroughly what shellac is and is not. Quoting you “Shellac is an acrylic gel nail polish that is painted straight onto the nail and dries hard like a fake nail. So it’s basically like getting a fake nail painted onto your real nail.” <-First NO, not correct, Shellac is a power polish made to “cure” under a UV lamp. It is NOT acrylic, it does not contain acrylic, it is polish with gel infused. Secondly, your next mistake was “off to your local Vietnamese nail palace you go” I am not saying all Vietnamese salons are NSS, but more or less majority of them aren’t trained on how to properly use the product. I bet you received a manicure first where you soaked your fingers in water. Big no no. Third, the color was not what you intended because 9 times of 10 it wasn’t shaken as to blend it to its appropriate color. As I continue reading, I was correct you got a manicure…..fyi.. cuticles should never be “cut” they should be gently pushed back, and buffing the nail is never permitted before applying Shellac. Fouth, Shellac should be applied thin, however if you experienced thickness of product then again, 9 times of 10 there were a number of no no should go signs showing up. Shellac is polish, not to be applied thick, if it is thick then it’s probably an old batch and should be thrown away. Shellac will NOT ruin your nails, the person doing your nails will ruin your nails if they do not understand the product. Not only Shellac any product for this matter. The wrinkles you displayed in your nails is from product being applied to thick, therefore causing the UV lamp to wrinkle it when curing. UV lights do not cause Cancer, Doug Schoon a scientist in our industry has done tons of research on this and it is a proven fact that UV lights do not cause Cancer. Do your research the facts are prevalent. I do agree that if the light is a concern for you or anyone use a good sunscreen before using UV lamps.

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  34. It's normal that your nails get weak after ''pulling it off'' by yourself. It's realy important to use pure acetone to remove the product, and leave it on nail for 10min. It will peel off by itself and be sure that after this the nails are exactly in the same condition as before. By pulling it off and scratching it, you bring a coat of you nail with it, this is what makes your nail weak after CND Shellac, be aware of this.

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  35. For sure you are better off soaking your nails than to peel off a layer of your nail. I've been doing shellac in my nails for quite some time and sometimes I'll have lifting issues if it is done incorrectly. Other than that I've had it last up to 3 weeks with no issues or nail weakening. The only down side is the lack of colours even though they have 52 shades now. They seem to come out with similar colours every season.

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  36. I have peeled it off myself (while I was away on holiday, so I couldn't get it removed professionally) and my nails underneath were BEAUTIFUL - actually perfect condition, strong and white tipped, way better than they looked before. I agree that they are going to be in similar condition to when the polish was put on, so if the manicurist insists on buffing away at your natural nail before applying the polish, it will dry them out.

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  37. I had my very first Shellac pedicure 3 weeks ago - my toes still look immaculate! I am a boater & spend many hours in the water, on the beach & on the marina docks so I am constantly bumping my feet, stubbing my toes, etc...but, my Shellac doesn't budge. I had the french manicure done, as I prefer the clean, classic look. They have grown out a bit, but they still look fabulous. I have not had them taken off yet, as I was told it would last about a month before I had to go back. They are seriously as shiny as the first day I had them done! Depending on how my nails look after the Shellac is removed, I will most likely do it again. I have very healthy nail beds (on my hands & feet) so this seems to be a good fit for me :)
    Holly

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    1. Holly, as for the condition of your nails afterward - be sure they let you soak in the foil wraps for a significant amount of time (more than 15 minutes) it should just be peeling/flaking right off when you unwrap, if there are areas that are still pretty "stuck" you need to soak a little longer. Your nails shouldn't be very messed up if this is done.

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  38. why do my nails look white after it is removed

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  39. I got a home UV nail kit for my birthday and it is awesome. Takes time to do it properly but in just a few application you're into a BIG money save

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  40. First off I am a nail tech. Shellac is not acrylic gel nail polish. It is a hybrid of nail polish and gel not acrylic. It's is not to enhance your nails like acrylics or an actual gel nail(gel is not a powder and liquid). Acrylics and gel nail enhancements are harder than this product. Acrylic being the hardest, then comes your gel nail, then CND shellac, then regular nail polish being the least hardest. The reason why CND came out with this product is because regular manicure clients wanted there manicure to last more than a week without having to put an enhancement on like a gel nail or acrylic nail. And the reason why your nails might be weak is that your are NOT to use a DRILL the surface of your natural nail with this product, so if they did that that's a big no no and the reason why your nails maybe weak. You should have your nails clipped the free edge filed with a glass/crystal file and buffed with 180 or 240 grit buffer block then proceed with regular manicure. You shouldn't get a massage with lotion or put oil on your nails until the shellac is on and the service is done because it can compromise the product. Also when you go to get the service redone in 2 weeks (14 days) like recommended you shouldn't soak in a bowl of acetone or let them drill it off and you should never peel it off either, they should wrap each finger with cotton soaked in acetone and tin foil around it, because soaking in a bowl of acetone eats away at the nail making it become weak. They also make a CND Shellac Remover if you would like to use that which has ingredients in it that conditions the nails as it is removing the CND Schellac gel polish.

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  41. I couldnt post these in my earlier post from June 26,2013 had too many letters or what not nut both of these paragraphs from from the catual CND website that professionals can go on.

    This is what is from the CND website and the CND Shellac and how it is supposed to be done:
    CND Shellac Power Polish has revolutionized the industry, and beauty professionals swear by it. It’s the Original Power Polish, and the future of nail services. Shellac goes on like polish, wears like gel, and can be gently removed in minutes. Common client nail concerns are virtually eliminated with use of the Shellac system. Dry time is reduced to zero, and the mirror-like finish resists chips, nicks, and smudges. Nails are strengthened and enhanced with 14 days of durable color. Shellac Base Coat and Top Coat start and finish Shellac services to perfection. A dazzling spectrum of Shellac shades lets you customize manicures and pedicures to perfection. The Shellac system includes an ergonomic UV lamp that gives you power and versatility. When clients are ready for a change or update, Shellac Remover Wraps make the process quick and easy. Begin every service with ScrubFresh and send clients home with SolarOil to keep their nails conditioned between services.

    Here's another artical from the actual CND website:
    CND Shellac is the original, one and only Power Polish. It’s not a gel polish – which are basically just “watered” down gels. It’s a true innovation in chip-free, extended-wear nail color! It goes on beautifully, wears beautifully, dries immediately and removes with no damage. Shellac is designed as a system. The service begins with Shellac Base Coat – one thin layer is all you need. It cures in 10 seconds and provides the foundation for the Shellac system. Next is your choice of Shellac Color Coat, followed by the Shellac Top Coat which provides the durable final coat and seals the deal with a mirror-like finish. The CND UV Lamp is used to cure the layers immediately and create the scratch-resistant, high-shine finish that Shellac is known for. Why choose Shellac? The application service time for Shellac nails is only 30 minutes, and Shellac goes on with the ease of a traditional bottle of nail polish. The dry time is zero – yes, that’s right, zero! There’s also no odor, and no damage to nails. Shellac is 3-free (contains no formaldehyde, DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and toluene). Shellac polish lasts for 14+ days, with durable shine that resists chips, scratches, and smudges. Finally, enjoy the easy-off that only Shellac delivers. Removal time is brief, and the method doesn’t damage the nails or surrounding skin.

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  42. Hi Louise,

    Thanks for the review. Personally, I love gel nail kit. It lasts 3-4 weeks without chipping. I've got one of the gel polish kit at Runway Professional. Its really nice and perfect for me. I strongly recommend checking them out.

    Cindy xx

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  43. I painted my nails once a week myself for over 30 years - always have had tough strong nails. I decided to try the shellac so I didn't have to mess with it anymore and so that my polish would last 2 weeks. The shellac or the process has caused my nails to become paper thin - it's horrible. If I take all the shellac off I will have to cut my nails completely off to get them to even become close to what I had before - I've been doing the shellac for about 4-5 months now - I wish I would have never started it.

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  44. Real Shellac isn't thick. I had been going to asian salon's and getting 'shellac' (which i later learned to be fake). There was thick layers of gel polish on my nails, if it chipped it would get caught in my hair and take half my nail off with it! Since trying real Shellac I am surprised it is not thick at all and my natural nails look better than ever!

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  45. I use Shellac already for 3 Years and I love it, On many forums i noticed a lot of people speaking bad about shellac and I was curious who they were. I found out that they are often techs using other polishes such as gelish, blue sky shellac, et. talking bad about an amazing product to promote another gel polish brand!
    I can ownestly say that we in latvia love the product and that shellac is the first gel polish on the markt and that al the copycats are just knock offs.
    Sorry guys but thats how my opinion is.
    Thank you.
    Svetlana

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    1. Actually, a lot of Gel Polish products introduced to the market after Shellac are even BETTER than Shellac itself. They are new and improved! I've been an Esthetician for over 4 years now, and I'm not too fond of Shellac! Artistic Colour Gloss, Nobility and Gelish are definitely my favorite. They are very easy to apply, last much longer and stay glossier than Shellac. That's my Professional opinion.

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  46. If you have had a bad experience with shellac I am confident it was something the nail tech did. Please find a certified nail tech and give it a try with a cnd trained professional. There is more to it than meets the eye. My clients nails have never been stronger or more beautiful. Cnd has a locator on their page for your convinience to help you find a certified tech in your area. Don't judge the product until you have used a certified tech for your shellac services. Www.girlcandybydianawhite.blogspot.com

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  47. Shellac is the best thing that happened to my nails. I had it done over a year ago at my salon ( yes, Vietnamese!) and I do feel that it is the nail technician's fault if something goes wrong. I only have one technician whose technique makes sure that my nails look flawless for up to 3 weeks after application. The few times that she was unavailable, and someone else had to do it, I found it started chipping and peeling off really soon afterwards. My salon also uses gloves to protect the hands from the UV rays of the lamp. So I love my Shellac, and I have had it done once a month since I first started. The few times I had to peel it off between visits, my nails were a bit rough but nothing big. I also use CND cuticle oil on a daily basis. Yay Shellac!

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  48. Okay I didn't read all the comments, but from what I did read I'm surprised no one mentioned your dry time? 1st off when you said Vietnamese nail salon that was the first RED FLAG! I've been to these salons and they advertise shellac, but they don't use it. They use a knock off. And if they do use the actual shellac from the shellac bottles they do it their own way. I've found American nail techs to do this too. They're so use to dealing with acrylics. Anyway, if you would have read the shellac instructions and FAQ from the CND website, you would have known what the proper application was in the first place. Your nails only dry 10 secs for base and 2 minutes for each coat after that. You must clean off your sides and cap the free edges. You also must apply your solar oil daily. I've gotten shellac numerous times and my nails which are weak and peel on their own have never been weak and brittle after shellac, especially compared to them after acrylics. It's all in the hands of the nail tech and YOUR prior RESEARCH!

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  49. This is now my 2nd time of having this and after the 3rd day it starts to peel and chip... This was done at 2 different places. It seems like there are a lot of nail technicians that are uneducated and not trained on how to use this product or maybe the product is just rubbish, everyone else that I know have also complained about it stating it does not work. I will not be getting it done again. I was told on both occasions that it lasts 10-14 days but in both cases peeling and chipping started from day 3... What a waste of money!

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  50. I am after some advice, I love Shellac and having my nails done, the only problem is I seem to be allergic to the UV lamp...or it triggers my eczema. Can I use sun block on my hands - obviously as long as my nails are prepared and clean, would this help?

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    1. Hey there, I would definitely suggest trying out sun block. Let me know how it goes.

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    2. UV lamp wouldn't be what your issue is, it's a sensitivity/allergy to some the products your teach uses - sorry to say :(

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  51. Hello, I have skipped through most of these posts. I have a question that maybe someone can answer. I had my nails done professionally for 2 years with a gel. Not a problem, and if I 'popped a nail' my own nails were always happy and healthy underneath. I am now retired and travelling around Australia so I asked my nail tech if she thought I could do myself and she said yes and gave me some tips. I decided to use a shellac so I bought a 'shellac' product called "Epic Nails" as was cheaper than CND. All good at first but then some of my nails started to peel on the ends and then of course the shellac would chip and come off. All my nails are now peeling and chipped. Never had this happen with the gel application. Could this be the shellac product? I read somewhere else where some person also had adverse reaction to shellac. If I was to go back to a gel product could anyone recommend one that I could this do myself?

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    1. hi, I am in nail tech also. First of all, let me say that Shellac is a specific brand. If you are using something called epic, then you are not using shellac.shellac is created to be more hypoallergenic than others. remember that no passing of the natural nail should be done when applying shellac. And the peeling could be caused by using a file that is too harsh for your natural nail, 240-grit is ideal for filing the free edge. you should also use your cuticle oil at least once a day every single day, and never peel off the shellac to remove it. of course, I am talking about the product if you are using shellac, I'm not familiar with the product that you chose so I am unable to give you specifics on it.

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  52. I don't get shellac manicures often but my regular salon had a spa pedi and shellac mani for $55 offer today so I decided to avail of it. I made the mistake today of staring directly into the machine / at the UV light. I was sitting in the pedicure chair and getting my mani simultaneously so my hands and the little machine were elevated. It was easy to look into it and kind of mesmerising but I dont think I looked for more than 10 seconds max. I don't know if I'm imagining it but my eyes don't feel so great right now. A little dry and blurry and as if someone took a bunch of photos with their camera flash...but it's been over an hour. Am I being paranoid?? Im scared!

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  53. I got shellac done for the first time yesterday cause my manicurist recommend it.I did a French tip no color this time, and it looked good. But today my tips have red on all my finger nails. Is that normal to change color r at that just the tips???

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  54. Im qualified in gels but want 2 do shellac do I have 2 do a course in this?
    Laura

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  55. It really depends on the method used to take the product off, on whether or not it damages your nails. Acetone can be drying to the skin, so good cuticle oil is a must and you really need to let it soak off for MORE than 5 minutes. I soak my Gel Polish off for 15 minutes, and always make sure to lightly buff the surface before applying cotton soaked in acetone to make sure it deeply penetrates the product. This way you know you won't have to be rough on your nails to scrape the Gel off. It's really only damaging if the person taking it off isn't careful.

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  56. Chanel nail polish wearer for years, had gorgeous long strong nails. Switched to CND Shellac for the last year, with decent breaks of nothing. But I am noticing that my nails are getting very weak, splitting very easily and ripping off very low. Even shellaced, they are very bendy. Not sure what's going on, but I think I am going to switch back to Chanel regular manicures for a while and see what happens. I used to be an esthetician including nails.

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    1. hi,
      Not sure what part of the world you're writing from, but keep in mind that this past winter was one of the harshest / driest in at least a couple of decades. Even my nails that are naturally strong were breaking and shipping all winter long. I am now back to my regular strong nails now that the heavy freeze is over.

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  57. I had Shellac nails for the first time around 10 days ago and I am soooo disappointed. The 14+ days chip free is no where near for me. I was back in the salon having a chip done after 4 days, then again after 6. And have another appointment to go back tomorrow, three times in less than two weeks. I am not a builder or a gardener, I just do standard housework, don't even wash up a lot as have a dish washer. NOT IMPRESSED

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  58. I love this stuff. I can't wear colors because of army regulations, but the basecoat and topcoat alone are enough to keep my nails strong and break so much less often.
    The first time I had it done- like you- it peeled. Fast, and a lot, but the guy who did it painted right on top of my cuticles. After that, I've been hooked. My nails do not seem or feel weaker or damaged because of it. I use pure acetone, and wait until the shellac has a gel like feel to it, and has swolen up with the acetone, and it comes right off (about 10mins per nail) leaving my nail underneath just like I had left it.
    I imagine if you filed or buffed underneath the nail before the shellac, it will become weaker from that? I have extremely thin brittle nails

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    1. If you need a little extra support for your weak nails, ask your tech if they have Brida Lite Smoothing Gel. it is also clear, but would give your nails the same stronger feel as if you had the color coats on. it is made by CND to support the shellac system. Enjoy!

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  59. Try the Lady Soma Skin & Nail Treatment - My wife (of 30 years ) swears by it for her nails. And I love the smell!

    To quote from my wife, "For some years, I have suffered from splitting nails and have tried many products, none of which succeded in giving any improvement. Now, in a few short weeks, my nails are strong and beautiful again thanks to the Lady Soma Skin & Nail Treatment. This is truly an amazing product, and I am recommending Lady Soma to all sorts of women!" You could say that Mrs. Morris is quite pleased with the product!

    C J Morris, Hampshire UK

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  60. Let's not forget that shellac is ground up insects. Do you really want that on your hands? *shudders*

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  61. Hi, As some of you are experts in this field I thought you may be able to advise me....I have lovely hard, thick healthy nails and was wanting to try the french manicure in Shellac as I am getting married in November in the Caribbean. As my hands are going to continually be in water/sea I thought I would have the shellac done and then not have to worry about it while there for 2 weeks. Problem is I have lovely nails and don't want to ruin them. Also I am trying for a baby (have been for a while :( so really don't want to use anything that would jeopardise me falling pregnant? Appreciate some feedback please. Thanks

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  62. I've had shellac every 2-3 weeks for the last 3 years. The last time I went in, my nail tech suggested that I let my nails "breathe" and take a break from the shellac for a few weeks. She removed the shellac and gave me a manicure. My nails are a little thinner and do feel weaker but my biggest complaint is that they look white & splotchy. Has anyone else seen this on their nails after long use of shellac?

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  63. The 'flaking' some if you are experiencing isn't your nail coming away. It is the clear base coat and is due to the nails not having been soaked in acetone for long enough. Used correctly Shellac won't damage your nails.

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  64. I had a Shellac manicure and it lasted approximately 10 days. I'm not sure if I would have it done again, even though I found it fairly easy to remove myself, I just wrapped each of my nails in a cotton pad soaked in nail varnish remover & left it on for 15 minutes. I don't think it should have a 14 day guarantee, because mine did chip!

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  65. Hey guys, check out my post on the secrets of shellac. from a shellac inside, there might be things you didn't know about Shellac that you might find interesting! http://trendingwoman.com/shellac-debate-extra-worth/

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  66. Our Company Citrashine manufactures and distributes high quality Shellac, Preferably in higher quantities. We supply Industrial and domestic markets. To get your hands on our top quality products, please email me on sales@citrashine.co.za

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  67. Whenever I do my own nails at home, the doggone polish chips within a week and looks absolutely tacky. Since I work as a corporate receptionist, it's essential my nails look their very best at all times. So I got CND Shellac Nail Polish for the first time last week, and they still look great. I LOVE it! Will be getting it from now on. Money well spent.

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