(Closed) Are shellac manicures worth the money?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 16
1044 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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ladybug55078:  personally i don’t bother to get NON-gel or shellac manicures at all anymore — i cannot stand the look of chipped nails and gels/shellac last at least 3 weeks on me so to me the higher price pays for itself when compared to the cost of getting multiple regular manicures to get the same length of wear. They could go 4-5 weeks without chipping — I have to get them redone because they grow out, not because they chip! Plus I just think they look better.

Post # 17
1746 posts
Bumble bee

Same as PP gel and shellac manicures always last AT LEAST 3 weeks for me. And it never chips, I only have to get it redone because it grows out.

Honestly I feel like regular manicures are kind of a waste of money now, since they rarely last longer than 3 days for me. I feel like $15 for 3 days or $30 for 3+ weeks? 

Here’s a pic just after getting engaged-

Post # 18
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Shellac is amazing! I get a new set every 3-4 weeks only because my nails are growing out. Where I’m at I can get plain color for $20 and a french for $25. I’m a nurse and this is the only thing that saves my nails from being destroyed from handwashing and general work and they’re a lot more sanitary than acrylics, chipped up nail polish, or my scraggly natural nails I can’t help but pick at.

My biggest money saver has been learning to remove them myself because the salon charges $10 extra to soak them off. Just buy a bottle of 100% acetone, rough up the polish with a file and soak them for 10-20 minutes and they’re off!

Post # 19
5648 posts
Bee Keeper

I’m a fan too. I have them long or short, colours or nudes. 

it’s all in the skill of your nail tech though so it’s good you’re checking them out before your wedding. 

Heres mine currently in nude pink colour. This ones been on about 2 and a half weeks so far. 

Post # 20
2185 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Definitely worth it, but give your nails a break every couple of months. I had shellac on for 6 months straight and when I decided to take it off, my nails were kind of in rough shape. My nail beds were scratched up and 4 of my nails painfully broke. 


Post # 21
833 posts
Busy bee

yep, totally worth it. They usually last three weeks for me and I could probably push it to a month with a neutral color if I could stand my nails being that long. I am careful not to get more than 2 or 3 in a row though becuase they do scuff up the top layer of your nails and I like to give them a chance to grow/recover or I have issues with my nails peeling. If I’ve got a special occasion or I know I’ll be busy for while and won’t have to time to paint them myslef I don’t hesitate to get it done! My trick to make it cheaper is to only get the actual manicure once in a blue moon and then just have them do a shape/trim with a polish change, depending on the salon its $15-$20 instead of $30+

Post # 22
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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ladybug55078:  I don’t have a picture, but it’s totally worth it, especially if you’re accident-prone like I am. It lasts so long. Keep in mind there are always groupon and livingsocial deals.

Post # 23
4113 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Def worth it. I’ve been getting a shellac manicure every 2-3 weeks for years.. I can’t even remember the last time I got regular polish.. Its so not worth it, I hate chipping and LOVE the shine of shellac.

Post # 24
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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ladybug55078:  I do my own gel manicures at home and loove them.  I did a French for my wedding and our 10 day beach honeymoon after.  It held up for like 2.5 weeks,  enough to get through pictures, sand, and sun.


i suggest a french though, because my manicures always chip at the base first, and not the top (Usually anyways).  French helps hide the first wear and tear and can get you through your honeymoon!

Post # 25
1069 posts
Bumble bee

I was skeptical but then I’ve seen too many people with it lasting 3 week so not believe It. I’m not a nails person but will be getting it done for the wedding

Post # 27
67 posts
Worker bee

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ladybug55078:   I just got one on July 24 for my friend’s wedding and I’m glad I did because I got engaged 5 days later and my nails still looked great.

Sorry for the huge image! This was taken 9 days after the manicure. (now I’m on 11 days and it’s just starting to grow out). It’s definitely worth it especially for a special occasion.


Post # 29
862 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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ladybug55078:  I’ve been getting gel manicures pretty consistently for about 3 years now. I go every 2-3 weeks. For me, it’s definitely worth it! It stays so nice and shiny and chip free for 3 weeks! I’m pretty rough with my hands too 

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