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Looking for similar nail polish colours

(12 Posts)
theclick Fri 26-May-17 15:33:52

To these

Anyone know what I can use? First is Shellac romantique and unfortunately no salons seem to use Shellac nowadays!

Second is OPI Love is in the Bare...

theclick Fri 26-May-17 23:23:48


twinklefeather Fri 26-May-17 23:41:31

Essie ballet slippers or opi bubble bath?

twinklefeather Fri 26-May-17 23:42:32

eBay may do the ones you like they often have discontinued products.

justaweeone Sat 27-May-17 10:01:15

theclick Sat 27-May-17 13:01:59

Thanks, I actually bought the Shellac one off eBay and it looks genuine, but I took it to my regular manicurist who had a bit of a go at me (got really irate, I wasn't even pushing her to use it) and said she wouldn't use it with the top and base coat she has as they were "incompatible". I was like ok cool, do you have a similar colour? No, she said, trying to push me towards pinks. I was like ok if you don't have similar let's not do a gel - I don't want a colour I didn't even want on my hands for two weeks. So she was like ok fine, and we did a standard polish red. So now I'm wondering whether I try to do gels myself at home...because I never get the shade I want in a salon!

Bleurghghghgh Sat 27-May-17 13:04:51

I use OPI gels with a sensationail lamp, you could buy the kit and use it with the shellac you have?

theclick Sat 27-May-17 13:11:23

This was the Shellac romantique I got done for my civil wedding. (Weird pic as i cut my ring off the bottom)

theclick Sat 27-May-17 13:12:03

Thanks Bleurgh, i may do - where is your lamp from?

Bleurghghghgh Mon 29-May-17 23:43:48

Boots! It's sold with the base/top coat and some colours for about £70 iirc but I use the OPI base and top coats because I mostly use their colours. But I do mix and haven't had any issues

Bleurghghghgh Mon 29-May-17 23:44:03

Looks lovely on you btw

Shambolical1 Sat 03-Jun-17 01:05:28

You could go on the CND website (makers of Shellac) and search for a salon which uses Shellac; there are plenty about. I have Shellac every couple of weeks.

Most nail techs will get a bit shirty if you turn up with Shellac as it's theoretically a 'professional only' product which they've trained to use and invested in the equipment. There's a lot of fake stuff about, too.

You could, as an alternative, get the open retail CND Vinylux (weekly polish) version of Romantique for about £7 if you want to do it yourself.

From experience, both Essie Ballet Slippers and OPI Bubble Bath are nightmares to apply, either lumpy, streaky or both.

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