(Closed) Gel or Shellac Manicure

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i love gel manicures! they really do last. i pay around $30 for mine, which is the same price i usually pay for a spa manicure.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yeah, I LOVE them! I went on a 2 week trip and got one done right before I left. It lasted the WHOLE TIME!! I plan on doing the gel/shellac manicures for a couple months before my wedding, back-to-back, so that my nails grow (it prevented a ton of broken nails), then doing a french manicure one for my wedding. Mine cost about 25 bucks and was worth every penny!!!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’d like to hear about other people’s experiences too.  Is there a special process to take the polish off?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I just tried it for the first time when Fiance and I went to the spa for Valentine’s Day, and it’s still going strong!  Apparently, there are some new colors coming out, but the spa I went to only had maybe 10 colors to choose from (I chose a pale, pearly pink).  They don’t file your nails down as much for Shellac as they do for gel tips, which I really like since my nails get so thin from wearing gels.  I’m going to do Shellac for my wedding instead of gels if they have a new color that I like, and if my nails are all looking long and healthy–but if I have a couple broken/chipped nails, I’m gonna go for gels so they can all be a uniform length.

Oh, and it cost $40, and you can remove the polish at home using pure acetone (I’ve been told you can get it cheap at Home Depot).

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I do my own, Sally Hansen has their own version of the gel nail polishes called Hard as Wraps.  Only a few colors, but there is also a clear one that you can get so that you can do a base coat, then color then use as a top coat as well.  I love it!! Much cheaper than going to the salon, may not look as good now, but a coworker of mine and i do it (she turned me on to the products) and help each other out to make the polish look professional. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Just took a pic–you can see it’s starting to grow out a bit, but it’s still shiny and doesn’t chip at all.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had Shellac done for our wedding/HM. It really DOES last about 2 weeks. I think mine didn’t like the salt water on our Honeymoon though because it started to peel off in some places, it wasn’t the end of the world though. You have to have it removed by your nail salon with pure acetone, that stuff does NOT come off otherwise. My manicurist doesn’t love it because she’s a perfectionist and when it dries under the UV light the edges shrink every so slightly. She used just the top coat on me over a regular french manicure, so that may be another reason why it ended up peeling. But if you just have the top/clear coat done in it you can’t see the shrinked edges as much. I’d definitely have it done again before a trip or whatever. Manicures are usually ruined on me within a day, so it’s an awesome solution for me!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

They are amazing! I got it done last year and although more $$ than a traditional manicure, its worth every penny. Mine lasted 3 weeks with no chips. I probably could have gone longer but there was so much growth in my nails it didn’t look great anymore. I think the axxium opi has more colors to choose from than the shellac, so next time I go, I’ll do that one instead.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

How many spas do this (will a regular manicure place do this?)

 

Looks awesome! My Maid/Matron of Honor just told me about them…

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@ellabee: If you go on to the Shellac website, you can do a spa locator for salons that do the Shellac manicure. Just google shellac nails and the website will pop up. The opi website doesn’t have such a feature for the axxium manicure, though, so if you want that one, you’ll have to call around. From my experience, not all salons do it, but if they do, generally they have some sort of advertisement on their website or the front desk of the salon. It also depends on where you are. I live in nyc and there are at least 3 salons in a 2 block radius from me that do it. I went home for a funeral (small town in RI) a few weeks ago and called/went to at least 6 salons trying to find one that did it, and couldn’t find one.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@elle: you can chip it off yourself, but i don’t recommend it. Just go back and they will soak them in a special solution then use a tool to get it off. It only cost 5 bucks but would have been free if I was getting more polish put on. Every place is different so double check on the prices.

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