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Anyone do their own shellac polish at home?
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LifeInAHamsterWheel · 05/08/2022 18:06

I've seen ads for home shellac nail kits and am considering getting one. Does anyone have a kit that they'd recommend? Do you get as good results as a salon? I'd be doing it to save money so don't want it to end up a false economy.

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RedPandaFluff · 05/08/2022 19:43

I do! I bought the CND shellac lamp in a starter kit, which was about £160 at the time and had everything I needed to get going. I wanted the 'proper' stuff in case the cheaper stuff is even worse for your nails, or ended up being a false economy. There are definitely cheaper kits out there but this paid for itself within 4-5 months for me.

You might find kits on Facebook marketplace or eBay which would make it even more economical.

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RedPandaFluff · 05/08/2022 19:44

Oh and yes, it's really easy to do and results are just as good as a salon.

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Blush21 · 05/08/2022 19:51

Mylee kits are great, you usually get everything you need and easy to buy more colours on amazon etc they even sell it
on asos now. I had this UV Lamp set the first time, same as LED but takes the full 2 minutes to cure each layer. mylee.co.uk/products/mylee-gel-nail-essentials-set-with-white-uv-lamp?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvLjP3q6w-QIVCOrtCh2xIAl7EAQYASABEgICiPD_BwE
this is a LED Lamp, just as good and quicker cure time.
mylee.co.uk/products/mygel-black-convex-curing-lamp-kit-w-gel-nail-polish-essentials-1?_pos=4&_sid=fec23e2f6&_ss=r

you can always by everything individually too, groupon always have great deals

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Blush21 · 05/08/2022 19:52

Bluesky also do great gel polishes too, don’t think you can only use mylee with the lamp etc, you can use any brand of colour and top coats you like

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NiqueNique · 05/08/2022 19:57

The kits themselves are absolutely fine as far as quality is concerned, if you don’t buy the cheapest of the cheap, I suppose. But for me personally it hasn’t necessarily been worth it as I’m not happy with the standard of my nails when I do them myself - I don’t have the patience to properly learn how to do a manicure/look after my cuticles/shape my nails perfectly/etc. Tbf my left hand always looks beautiful but my right hand, not so much. If I practised more often I’m sure I’d improve my skills, mind. However as it stands I’m thinking of getting them done at the salon once a month just for the maintenance/nail and cuticle care/shaping, and then do one session per month myself to keep costs down.

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GreenIsle · 05/08/2022 20:11

I do my own at home I bought the Mylee kit off Amazon for around £40-£50 and use blue sky gel polish also from Amazon. It is so easy to do and last me weeks and weeks.

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twilightcafe · 05/08/2022 20:21

I've been doing my own gel nails for years. It's easy to do but there are loads of tutorials on YouTube to get you started.

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LifeInAHamsterWheel · 05/08/2022 20:40

Oh I'm so glad to hear positive stories! I'm actually ok at doing my nails myself but they smudge within minutes and look awful within days. I love the shellac finish. Am hoping with the lamp etc. they'll look great if I do them myself. Good to know that I can buy different polish too. Thank you all Smile

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NiqueNique · 05/08/2022 20:43

Oh if you’re very good at doing your nails I’d say it’s definitely worth getting your own lamp.

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YahBooFucks · 05/08/2022 21:11

Oddly, I'm currently looking at buying my own kit too. But I'm tying myself in knots trying to decide which one to get - there are so many available! I was going to get one of the cheapish (50ish quid) ones on Amazon that have loads of different colours and accessories but I'm worried the lamp won't be any good - does anyone have any experience of these ones? The alternative is to get a better lamp and buy the polishes separately I suppose.

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RedPandaFluff · 05/08/2022 22:01

This looks like a good deal on groupon . . .

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NiqueNique · 06/08/2022 10:05

Mine is from Mylee. I bought a bundle with everything you need including a set of four seasonal colours as it was on sale and worked out much cheaper than buying all the components separately. I don’t think a huge number of varnishes is sensible as it’s unlikely you’ll like or use them all, but that depends on the individual.

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Skyeheather · 06/08/2022 10:12

I don't recommend Sensationail, I find it chips after a day. I got the UV lamp from Amazon for about £40.00 and buy all the varnishes etc new off eBay.

I agree with pp, don't buy too many colours, they eventually go gloopy like normal polish and you end up having to throw them out.

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12345FishAlive · 06/08/2022 10:14

I'm looking into buying a set too. I like the look of the mylee ones but can't find any information about the chemicals in the polish. Beetles say they're 9 free, bluesky are 9 or 12 free I think and Shellac is I think 7 free. I can't find anything about Mylee products. I'm leaning towards the bluesky at the moment.

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LifeInAHamsterWheel · 06/08/2022 17:09

Yes I really only need about 3 colours I'm not very adventurous when it comes to my nails! Ideally I'd like to be able to do a french polish but I'll have to master the art first!

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