Shellac manicures and I officially have a love/hate relationship. I love the fact that it lasted for more than 5 days (lasted 3 1/2 weeks), and the fact that it didn’t chip AT ALL, and the fact that it stayed extra glossy and shiny — up to the day that I soaked them off.


Ok, now on to why I hate them.


The new growth situation. After week 1 it looked like a much needed extremely overdue fill-in, when in fact it was just my natural nails peeking though. My manicurist, Susie, said just go get some pure acetone polish remover and let them soak. No problemo right.

UUUHHH nooooppppe! After I watched X-Men First Class and Love Jones (which equals more than 4 hours total, FYI), I still had ALL 10 of my very shinny nails. Well maybe 7, but it was a lot. Perhaps it may have been my cheap Rite Aid brand polish remover but in any case it was too much effort. And I was not paying Susie to remove and repaint. 

But check out how pretty they were.


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  1. Tracy H
    May 8, 2012 / 3:33 pm

    I have been Shellac-ing for months and I love that it lasts so long.
    Here is what I do to take it off:
    Use 100% pure acetone, 5 cotton balls, 10 strips of foil, and an orangewood stick.
    Tear each cotton ball in half, as you wet them one by one put them on your nails and then wrap a small strip of foil on your fingertip. That way you don’t have to soak! After 10-15 minutes you can take the foil off and most of the polish will come off too. Whatever is left you can push off with the stick. I do one hand at a time to make it easier.
    Regular nail polish won’t work.

    Easy breezy!

  2. May 9, 2012 / 12:39 pm

    Ok I like the way they look but I guess I won’;t be trying because I’m not a fan of anything that’s hard to get off.
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  3. May 15, 2012 / 10:43 pm

    After paying $25 for a mani with shellac gel polish I had to pay $5 to get them to remove the polish. And after a week or two my nails looked liked a needed a fill in as well. As pretty & shiny as they were I will stick with my regular manicures.

  4. Natalie
    May 29, 2012 / 10:17 am

    I’ve don’t the shellac before and as much as I love the fact that I didn’t have to repaint my nails for a while (2 weeks), I hated how much time and effort it took to remove them. At one point I was so desperate to remove the shellac that I went to a less than clean salon and begged them to remove it for me, boy was that painful! I also don’t like the fact that most salons don’t have an array of colors to chose from and I like to wear odd colors on my nails. Red, pink and nude are not always the route I want to take.

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