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for several months, nuBest has offered CND Shellac manicures and pedicures. this particular service is garnering rave reviews from industry insiders and beauty bloggers alike for its 14-day no-chip guarantee. the fact that shellac "goes on like polish, wears like gel, off in minutes" and boasts zero dry time (thanks to a UV lamp) is certainly intriguing, but does it really live up to the hype? as a self-proclaimed spaz who can barely leave the manicure station before smudging my polish, i took it upon myself to put shellac to the test, and see if it makes good on its lofty claims.

so, last week, i scheduled an appointment at the SPA @ nuBest for a shellac manicure. the first step in the manicure was the application of a base coat. next came the color coat; i selected two colors, called "romantique" and "beau," which my nail technician layered over one another, creating a neutral pale pink hue (given my history with messy manicures, it's become second nature for me to go with a barely-there polish). finally, the top coat was applied. i placed my hands in a UV lamp between each coat for no longer than a minute, and after the final round of the lamp, i was done. literally. i could walk right out of nuBest then and there with completely dry and enticingly shiny nails. i couldn't believe how easy and relatively quick the process was! i immediately reached for my keys in my purse and breathed a sigh of relief when my perfect manicure remained intact; a similar elation occurred when reaching for my car door and putting my seatbelt on when departing from the salon!

CND Shellac Romantique

CND Shellac Beau

a week later, i can happily report that my shellac manicure is every bit as shiny and smudge-free as it was on the day of its application. of course, the polish has grown out a little as my nails have grown (this is what CND calls a "line of demarcation") but the same thing would happen if i had gotten a typical polish manicure. i would wholeheartedly recommend this service to anyone who is constantly active and on the go, or to anyone who is manicure accident-prone (join the club).

would you try the shellac manicure? if you already have, what has your experience been like? tell us!

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