Post # 1
About a year and a half ago I decided to try out a shellac mani for my engagement party.
I went to an upscale salon by me and was totally disappointed in my mess of a nail lady. My nails looked good, but I vowed to never go back.
After about 2-3 days, I noticed air bubbles underneath the polish. This was very noticable in color because I went with a french mani. Then, the polish started popping off my nails, much like fake nails would do.
I was furious, and went back and had her do them again without any problems.
But then I tried to take them off and it was going horribly- my nails were also miserably scratched. I went to another salon to get them fixed up with just regular polish and they did a great job.
I’ve been there a few times since for regular manis and I’ve been very happy there.
So last weekend was my bridal shower, so I wanted to do another shellac to test out for the wedding day. I got a pale pink color (bubble bath)- and it looked great. It was kind of sheer, and I could see the white part of my nails through it, which was a suprise- but I liked the way it looked. Also, my manicurist was really attentive and did a great job.
Well, within a few days I had chips on 2 nails. But it’s not too noticeable, becuase of the neutral color.
Starting yesterday, however (7 days later), I’m starting to get air bubbles underneath the polish again. It’s looking really bad. I’m pretty annoyed and expecting the polish to pop of very soon.
Do you think I can complain after 7 days or should I just take it as a loss?
Post # 3
maybe the shellac just isn’t compatible with your and your nails.
Post # 4
Shellac is advertised to last 2 weeks….I would call the salon and see what they say. Maybe both times you got a bad batch of shellac nailpolish?
Post # 5
First, I believe that bubbles can pop up when they apply the Shellac polish too thickly. Over time the polish starts to get thicker and thicker. Lots of salons put the polish bottles in warm water to thin it out or shake it for a little bit. Also, I always get more chips when my nails are really short. When I let them grow out even a little bit, the polish seems to chip waaaaay less.
To answer your question, since they call Shellac the “14-day manicure” and your polish is chipped at day 7, yes, you should return to the salon and have them redo it (my salon offers this service, if I’m unhappy or there chips before day 14, they will fix it for free). If they want to keep you as a customer, they’ll gladly do a new manicure for free. If they don’t, I’d find a new salon.
Post # 6
Yea, I’d return. Shellac is supposed to last 14 days.
Also, have you considered gel instead? Maybe the Shellac just isn’t good on your nails?
Post # 7
i don’t think you’ll be able to complain after a week.. it’s unfortunate the shellac isn’t working for you 🙁
I tried the shellac once and it started chipping around day 8-9 but i’m the type of person who changes their polish weekly if not bi-weekly so the shellac wasn’t worth it for me.
Maybe they didn’t let it cure long enough? I would honestly just go for the regular mani on your wedding day that way if it does chip you can have the color and just re-do it yourself if need be.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Many it’s the brand of shellac- I assume since you said Bubble Bath you’re using OPI Axxium. I had a CND Shellac mani in Romantique 15 days ago for the wedding. No chips or air bubbles- the only issue I have now is that my nails have grown out- I’m just going to paint over them before we go out tonight.
Post # 9
I’ve noticed that the color and formula that you choose makes a difference, too. About six months ago, I had a pink Gelish color (with silver glitter over it) that only lasted about a week, and then it started lifting and peeling. I’ve had two colors stay on perfect for about two weeks each then start lifting and chipping (one was OPI and one was Shellac) and most recently I had a glitter Gelish that would not come off, chip, lift, anything – even after four weeks. I soaked in acetone and did the foil/cotton ball/acetone thing and it would still not come off!
Maybe ask your manicurist if they recommend a certain formula, or at least find a manicurist that has different formulas. I’m going back to the salon that did my most recent one for the wedding – they have Gelish, OPI, and Shellac colors and I’m going to ask which one she likes the best.
Post # 10
Yeah Ive had Shellac twice and both times I was dissapointed. I had air bubbles both times. I wont get it again. It sucks because it costs as much as gel or anything and then chips 3 days later. Im going to do a gel overlay for my wedding, I dont wear fake nails ever thats why I liked the idea of Shellac but it doesnt last. I would go back and say something if its around or near or you drive by anyways, I personally wouldnt go out of my way to go back but I certaintly wouldnt go back for another mani!
Post # 11
The nail salon I go to will repair your nails for free if they chip within the first week. So I would definitely go back.
Post # 12
maybe your soaps or lotion are causing issues as well.
Post # 13
Ive never had issues with shellac, I would go back
Post # 14
I LOVE shellac nails! But I have found that they are different at different salons. When I go to my normal salon they normally last 12-14 days, but when I went to a differnt salon they only lasted 3 days!! I would mention it to the salon and see what they say. But they are advertised as lasting 14 days.. Good luck 🙂
Post # 15
I’ve tried Shellac a bunch of times, at a bunch of different salons, and it has never lasted more than 8-9 days for me. Also, I noticed the name of the polish they used…if you’re sure it’s Bubble bath, that’s not Shellac, thats OPI gel. OPI lasted about 10-12 days the most on me, but never bubbled, I just had crazy ugly nail growth. Shellac is actually a hybrid manicure-not totally gel, it’s polish mixed w/gel, so it’s less adhesive to your nails than OPI. I had a gel mani that I kept up with for about 4 months, and my nail girl would always tell me no when I wanted a Shellac color, and she’d hand me an OPI color that looked similar. I also have a friend who uses totally different salons than I did, and her gel manis never ever last more than a week. I take it as that maybe my nails just aren’t meant for them, since I’ve been to all kinds of reputable and expensive salons. I do plan on getting it done for any wedding related events, but I just have to make sure I go literally the day before the event so it’s as perfect as possible. Maybe your nails are similar to mine?
Post # 16
Salon owner here..
Yes call and tell them. We would fix them at day 14 if it was a good client. Our gel polish (another brand of shellac) lasts 2-4 weeks but most last 3 weeks.
Secondly, the bubbles underneath often mean your nail isn’t prepped well, meaning it wasn’t buffed and properly cleaned before application.
Length of nail should make no difference.
Gel polish shouldn’t be thickening in the bottle as it does not “dry” like traditional polish. It “cures” in UV light. So that’s just not applicable.
Not everyone can wear it successfully and not everyone can apply it successfully.