putting shellac to the test...
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!
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!