ugh, I HATED shellac nails.

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
5935 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I never had a bad experience but I hate the removal. I’m too cheap to go pay them to do it and I’m not patient enough to sit there with cotton balls, acetone, and foil…or however you’re supposed to do it. I end up peeling/filing it off. It’s bad for my nails but I have crazy healthy nails so they go back to normal after a couple days. Still annoying though

Post # 4
5815 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I always got a color that wouldnt show grow out. Hated taking it off, but I still loved it!

Post # 5
8388 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@nerdybird:  Thanks for posting this.  I was actually considering getting one (groupon deal) and I’m so glad I didn’t.

Post # 6
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

ive been wanting to try it for a while to get my nails to grow. What color did you go with? I’ve heard some colors are not good because of grow out and fading. 

Post # 7
1926 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have a huge pro kit at home and I have been doing mine for about 2-3 years and I have no complaints! What kind of polish was used? I find the cheaper the polish the worse the job. I really like OPI Gelcolor and Gelish if in a pintch… some of the other stuff is pretty crappy. 

Post # 8
3633 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve been getting them regularly since a little before I got married and I’ve had only one problem. That said, I get Gellish, not Shellac. I think the technician has a significant impact on the quality though. I normally go to one place and they do a great job but once, they were closed and I tried a different place. While my nails didn’t change colors, this other place did a horrible job and it was peeling within a few days.

Post # 11
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@nerdybird:  Maybe the lamp they used wasn’t right for the specific brand you used.

My gel manicure thoughts:
Shellac- hated it. Was too soft for me. I peeled it off with no nail damage after 6 days.
OPI Axxium- Loved! Had on for 14 chip free and shiny days
Gelish- Loved!! Wore for 17 perfect days.

I always take my own gel polishes off with an acetone soak. I pour a bit into a bowl and let my nails soak for 10-15 mins. Heavy moisturizing afterwards.

And pet peeve: you say Shellac in your main post and then said that it was OPI color. They are two different products that react differently.

Post # 12
1869 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

any chance you are a smoker?

Post # 13
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

They just get really dirty and it shows more when you get a lighter color.  I normally get a darker color, but have had this happen with a lighter gold.  When I washed my hands well, it normally came off.

Post # 15
1327 posts
Bumble bee

Yeah, I’m not a fan either.  I’m extremely hard on my nails so unless my esthetician puts on a coat of gel (which defeats the purpose of getting Shellac, might as well just get full gel overlays), it starts peeling off a few days in.

Besides that, a lot of people think removal doesn’t damage your nails but it really does.  Not because acetone is evil or anything like that, but soaking your nails in it really dehydrates them and results in peels/cracks/chips.  My nails are prone to peeling and, ohmygoodness, after Shellac removal (if I don’t get Shellac again) they peel like crazy, which makes me so sad!

Post # 16
563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park

It might be because of the color itself. I had this peachy-orange and the color never got discolored in the 2 1/2 weeks I had it on for

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