(Closed) How long does your gel/shellac actually last?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: How long?
    less than 14 days : (24 votes)
    56 %
    14 days or more : (19 votes)
    44 %
  • Post # 3
    75 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    ugh mine peel after about 3 days for me! I HATE my nails! Idk if they’re oilier or what but I can’t keep anything on (other than acrylics).

    Post # 4
    2414 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’ve never had the shellac but I used to do gel overlays and they would last and last until my nail grew out. Definitely around the 3 week mark or so…

    Post # 5
    300 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Mine lasted FOREVER. There was no chipping or peeling. The only reason I took it off was because my nails had grown out!

    Post # 6
    3942 posts
    Honey bee

    My shellac started peeling after a week. I was pretty disappointed, but I am pretty tough on my nails-gardening, washing dishes, etc. I think I’ll try again though.

    Post # 7
    672 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Mine have been on for 15 days and have not peeled or chipped (this is a first!) they have grown out a lot though it seems. Usually mine just last a little over a week thesomething goes wrong! 

    Post # 8
    16196 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    The only time I did shellac was before my wedding, and I’ll give this as a warning to others:  in my case, at least, my shellac nails didn’t react very well to a week-long honeymoom full of chlorinated pools and salty ocean water. They started peeling at just three days in. I was bummed!

    Post # 9
    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Gel lasted maybe 7 days if I was lucky. Shellac lasts me 2-3 if not 4 weeks. I’ve heard it depends on the application. I got my gel and shellac done at different salons, so I’m not sure if it’s just a different technique or the different product that allowed it to last longer.

    Like PP said, shellac didn’t last well on my honeymoon in salt water, but it still made it through the week before peeling.

    Post # 10
    9880 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    One time I had the gel last for two weeks without peeling but no luck since, so I’ve given up on gel and gone back to using regular nail polish.  Not sure what the difference was, other than the person who applied it was different each time.

    Post # 11
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I would say it depends on the color and how much gap you mind. I had it professionally done once and it lasted two weeks and I only remoed it because it was growing out so much. It barely even chipped! 

    Then I got an at home kit (Gelish) and I am not nearly as goodat putting it on obviously, so the edges peel after a week.

    Post # 12
    1508 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Mine usually last about 14 days.

    I just recently had my acrylics off so my nails are still weak and thin and bend more then your average nail. I think once the damaged part grows out the shellac will last 3 or more weeks

    Post # 13
    3175 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I think mine started to gently chip after about a week, and be unwearable (aka look really bad) after about `14 days. I was working in a restaurant at the time, so I assumed that all the hand washing/food handling contributed to that.

    Post # 14
    63 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’ve been getting gel nails off and on for 2 years. I’ve had them done at a couple of locations. For me the gel usually last about 12 days. Mine don’t chip and have a job where i wash my hand often. You can definitely see where the nail has grown out at the nail bed. My nails grow fast so 2 weeks is pushing it. I can get away with a little growth if my nails are painted in a light color.

    Post # 15
    781 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I think it depends what you do…for my friend who introduced me to it, it lasts her just about 10-14 days and she’s a flight attendant so she bang her nails up against the food cart and stuff alot.  I’m a nurse and am always trying to open medication packaging with the tip of my nails and it lasts about 10 days max.

    Post # 16
    141 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think it depends on your nail beds and how oily they are.  Also your manicurist shouldn’t soak your nails (sometimes they do that to soften the cuticles) because it causes your nails to absorb water and swell.  When they shrink your color contracts and chips.  I noticed the best results with single colors as the multiple layers of some designs seemed to peel faster.

    Lasts FOREVER as a pedicure. 

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