(Closed) Alternative to “fake nails”

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Gel is good! They also have Shelac now, which goes on like polish (no roughing up the nail surface) and can last for up to 2 weeks.  I have some weird body chemistry and gels only last about 7-10 days for me, but I have friends that wear their gel pedicures for 6 weeks with no chipping!  Shelac lasts better than polish so that’s what I’m going for.  It lasts about 7 days for me.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Oh I’ve been planning on doing a gel manicure!! This reminds me that I need to make an appointment to get it done now so I can test it out before the wedding. It looks really good!

Post # 5
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10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I got just the top coat of the Shellac system over my french manicure (rather than the whole system) and it lasted nearly 2 weeks (I have a special ability to kill a manicure within 2 hours typically). I really loved it! The only draw back is that you have to go back to the salon to have it removed, but otherwise, I thought even with just part of the system it worked really well. I’ll definitely do it again!

Post # 6
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5572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

How long do the gel or shelac manicures take? The same amount of time as a normal manicure or the time of acrylics? Maybe in between? Silly question, I know.

Post # 8
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5388 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Running Elley: I just tried Shelac for the first time last week. It took about 20-30 minutes. 

Post # 10
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10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Okay, I have to say, what I love about the Shellac system other than the awesome no chipping factor, is that it cures under a UV light, so it’s dry within about 3 minutes. No smudges when you hunt for you wallet and keys! Heck ya!!

Post # 11
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963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Gels take a bit longer than Shellac since they have to rough up the nail edge and apply multiple coats, each having to be dried under the UV light (for a minute or so).  I’d say 45mins – 1 hr.

Post # 12
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131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

OPI also makes a similar system called axium. If you can find a nail tech that is really familiar with it it looks amazing, however i have also had it turn out really bad. It is a long process that takes about an hour than it cures under the uv light to dry, so there is no dry time! bonus!!!

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