Post # 1
I *highly* doubt I am going to get engaged on our trip to Mexico next week but stranger things have happened. Anyway – I wanted to see if any of you ladies have tried shelllac/gellish on your nails. I usually get my nails done before we go on vacation but I was wondering about shellac as it’s not as hard on your nails as gel nails. I want something that isn’t going to chip and that I don’t have to worry about it – Have you had any success? Should I even bother? I am thinking I shouldn’t but I don’t want to have ugly nails incase I see a pig fly and it happens.
Post # 3
@lilymarie23: I want to hear the answers, too!
Post # 4
I’ve got a gel manicure right now. I’m not expecting a proposal, either, but a friend and I hadn’t done anything like this in a while and thought, ‘why not?’ It’s not technically shellac, but it’s the same thing. I have had shellac before, too.
I would recommend them if you want the look to last. The only real problem I’ve got with mine almost a week and a half later is that they are growing out! One of them has a little bit that has chipped off the side, but it isn’t really noticeable.
One thing I love about these is that my nails feel pretty strong right now. My index finger nails tend to be kind of bendy, which sometimes causes problems with regular nail polish, but that’s not a problem right now. They are a bit harder.
Do keep eye on how your nails come along, though, because both times when I’ve gotten gel manicures, I’ve had issues with a few nails not ‘baking’ properly. It caused some rippling. I think the gel can be tricky sometimes. But if your manicurist is any good they should fix that. I’ll try to upload some pictures if I can.
ETA: Turns out I won’t be able to upload them until tonight, I forgot that my phone can’t access the internet while I’m working on campus.
Post # 5
Shellac and gel both are fabulous. They last a long time on my hands. Love them. 🙂
Post # 6
I love manicures, but sadly I have weak nails and NOTHING sticks to them for long! I tried the Gel Manicure and while the polish was thicker and didn’t chip for me, the whole nail came off after about 4 days (which is actually a record for me lol) If you have thin bendable nails like I do, it doesn’t work, but if you’ve never had a problem it seems like Gel Polish is more durable and chip resistant.
Post # 7
I love Shellac!! My nails usually grow faster and look unruly before the actual polish chips.
Post # 8
I think I’ll try shellac! I’m getting it done this Saturday and we leave Wednesday, so it shouldn’t be too bad I hope!
Post # 9
Just got a shellac manicure this afternoon! Just be suthe you check out the colors first because some of them are much more transparent than they appear. 🙂
Post # 10
Shellac is a brand of gel (I think). I have awful nails and gel will get me through a week (while a regular polish lasts like 2 hours) lol. Good luck and enjoy your trip!!
Post # 11
Don’t get the shellac. I tried it once and it ruined my nails 🙁 Took months to grow out the damage out and after that they were weak for a long time.
Gel is better
Post # 12
@sesame: I agree with you. I got shellac manicures consistently for about 3 months and it took a few months to get my nails to stop peeling and breaking after I stopped getting the shellac done. I might get it for my wedding/honeymoon because it lasts but after that no more for me!
Post # 13
I’ve gotten the no chip manicure before and it was great. No chips and lasted a couple weeks. Only downside is the in between time, as they grow out. I’d have no problem getting them again
Post # 14
I use Shellac and love it. No damage afterwards and if there is, it’s because they removed it the wrong way. I use to go to a salon to do mine, but I coughed out a good amount for the kit and now do my own. I get 2-3 weeks out of mine
Post # 15
One thing they don’t tell you when you get a shellac manicure is that you have to go back in and pay them to take it off properly with a special solution. I think having them taken off cost me about $10. If you try to use nail polish remover to take it off or try to peel it off, it WILL ruin your nails! (I made that mistake once!)