(Closed) Shellac at home – what do I need & where to buy?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I have a Gelish set. I got the underlay, overlay and a couple colors. And also the pH stuff that you put on your nails first to dry them out for the gel to ‘stick’ to. I have a UV lamp I bought online as well. Then I use lens cleaning alcohol wipes after I’ve cured the final coat to get any sticky residue off. 

Oh, and I also have the Gelish harmony remover that I use with cotton balls and tinfoil finger wraps. Works pretty good! 

Post # 6
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Mrsluckywife:  Yah! I don’t do it very often because I’m lazy and not super good either, but when I do put in the time I like the way they look. I usually only can make them last a week or 10 days at most. I’ve had them done in a salon before that last a lot longer, so hopefully over time as my technique improves they’ll last longer! 

Post # 8
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Mrsluckywife:  yes, I don’t think it needs to be shellac. I’ve wanted that set because it has so many good review. I can’t afford it right now but as soon as I can spend the extra money I’ll get it

Post # 9
2287 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I’ve used both Gelish (Sally’s) and Red Carpet (Ulta). The Gelish is thicker and lasts longer because it’s easier to apply and keep off your cuticle. The Red Carpet is thinner but less damaging to your nails. Both are comparable in price and colors. I prefer the gelish because it lasts me 7-10 days whereas Red Carpet lasts for about 5.

Post # 10
8 posts

@Mrsluckywife:  I also use Red Carpet Manicure and I like it.  You can buy the little start set that includes the base coat, top coat, and a couple other potions you need.  I’ve had mine for about four months and I haven’t even come close to using it up, so it’s a decent value.  The trick is to make sure you don’t get the polish on your cuticle.  If you do, it peels more easily.

Post # 11
437 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I bought the sensationail kit by nailene.  only $50.  I was skeptical, but I LOVE it!  My nails look just as good (sometimes better…) than they do when I get them professionally done, and they last about 10 days (I usually pick at my shellac after about that time anyway when I get them professionally done).  You can use the sensationail kit for base coat, top coat, etc, and still buy the actually gel color from sephora or whatever.  I am really glad I didn’t spend $200 for the sephora kit!

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