Shellac, which was originally used to coat floors and paint, is supposed to be the option if you don’t want to get UV gel or acryllic on your nails, but want them to last a bit longer than the typical 2-3 days of a regular manicure. I’d gotten it done before at the nail salon and didn’t like it AT ALL. I’ve been told it’s all about who does your nail, so why not diy? I’m sure you’ve noticed that around these parts, we are down with diy.
So I purchased a shellac kit through wagjag for a crazy discounted price of $69 from diyshellac, original price $195! It sounded too good to be true, right? Well when it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised.
The kit includes:
- LED Lamp (with a 60 sec timer)
- Base coat
- Top coat
- Cuticle oil
- 2 gel colours
- Shell-off (acetone nail polish remover)
- Manicure stick
- Alcohol swabs
- Nail block (file, buffer, shine)
- Coupon for 25% off a purchase at Nailshop.ca
The instructions are very simple:
- Apply thin layer of base coat and place hand under light
- Apply thin layer of colour and place hand under light
- Apply a second layer of colour and place hand under light
- Apply thin layer of top coat and place hand under light
The entire process should take about 7 minutes per hand unless you’re watching TV like I was.
Later on in the night, I noticed the surface had gotten a little tacky and was getting disappointed. (Had I read the last bit of the instructions, I would have seen that they said to wipe the nails with an alcohol swab to get rid of the tacky feeling). But once I washed my hands with some warm water they were lovely and shiny. My nails were still lovely a few days later, which was nice.
But then it would appear I got too excited too early, because alas…..
In searching for something in my purse, the polish chipped and I was able to peel it right off. Womp. The only good thing about that is my nail was not destroyed in the process. So I polished it again later that evening and thought I’d let this one mishap slide.
Then I reached the one-week mark and was officially antsy. I wanted a new colour and there was no budging these nails! None of the other nails had chipped except for some wear and tear on the very tips on my right hand (expected since I’m right-handed). The colour still looked good and I was officially impressed with my investment. I wasn’t too worried about removal because the remover was provided.
I just had to soak my finger for a couple minutes in the shell-off and the shellac could be removed (scraped off) fairly easily. I tried the second colour, but I didn’t like it as much as the first. The texture seemed different – almost thinner. I used to base and top coats with my regular nail polish as well, which got good results. I did find it was better when I didn’t polish my nails the same night as applying the base coat; the texture was tacky and lumpy. It looked much nicer when I tried applying the base and top coats the night before and my nail polish the next day.
I’ve got to say that I’m happy with my purchase. Now I can try out other nail products (hmmmm gel strips anyone?) and I have my handy lamp here to use for drying and setting the polish.
Have you ever tried shellac nails? Ever done it yourself? Did you like it? Leave your comments below!