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Unimpressed with Shellac... or is it the technician?
I got Shellac put on my nails yesterday afternoon. Already, one is chipped and one is sort of peeling off. So, it could be:
a) my nails b) Shellac isn't all that good c) a poor job by the technician
It was all proper CND stuff, so not some fake thing calling itself Shellac. I'm just so disappointed, I've not done anything really apart from washing my hands after trips to the toilet, so I expected it to last longer than this.
So, because I'm not paying £15 at this salon again, can anyone recommend me a super-duper base and top coat so that I can do my own nails?
To be honest, I'm not going to go back, purely based on the fact that I only really needed them to look good for today, for an interview, and they did so I'm not that fussed about it. It was also the cheapest salon in town so, you know, lesson learned!
The rest of my nails are now bare too - most were just starting to peel, and I could basically scratch the stuff off... (yeah, probably a bad idea, I know!) My nails feel very dry already so don't think I'll use Shellac again, just try and find a top coat to stop my own polishes chipping so fast.
If I do it myself, at least I don't have to worry about scheduling appointments etc.
I also recommend Seche Vite. I'm quite heavy on my nails but with that I can go for a week before they get chipped. I do find that the tips wear but thats no big deal and no one will notice. Also, it makes your nails super shiny.
I've just been using any old base coat so I can't recommend one.
I would say it's probably the application. My clients get at least 2 weeks some even get 5 weeks (which is rubbish for me lol) but true Shellac applied correctly to properly prepared nails and cured for the correct time using a CND lamp should not fail and does not cause ANY nail damage or dryness.
I am very heavy handed and normal nail varnish never lasts more than a day for me no matter what I do. Shellac never chips on me and grows out before a chip so I agree it probably wasn't put under the lamp long enough. The only varnish that lasts a week on me is Bourjois 7 day wear. Read a review in a magazine about it and it is great.