February 11, 2011

Review: Shellac Nails

In my opinion, Shellac sure aren't all they are cracked up to be.

The concept behind them- a long-lasting, hard-wearing manicure, is genius. Who wouldn't want that?

Unfortunately, in my experience, that is not quite what you get.

My own personal experience is limited to getting Shellac nails done the day before a two-week holiday last August. If they lived up to their claims, they should have only started to chip by the last day.

Now, this was a beach holiday. We're talking limited use of the hands and limited battering of the nails. Yet, by day 2 or 3 my Shellac nails had not only started to chip but, had also started to melt and peel in the insane heat. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but they do offer this manicure technique in countries much hotter than Lanzarote? How on earth is anyone supposed to get close to a fortnight out of these if they melt, wrinkle, pucker and peel in any climate that is not Ireland's grey, rainy and cold one?

Both my mother and my sister subsequently got theirs done out of interest to see whether the same thing would happen to theirs. Granted, they were in Ireland so no melting occurred but, neither of them managed to get more than a week out of the manicure before the chipping became too obvious and scruffy looking that the polish had to be removed.

I can see why this type of manicure would be great for the toes as there is such limited wear and tear and exposure to the elements but, for the fingernails, it was, multiple times and in various ways, disastrous.

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  1. Thanks for the review, I hate false promises! But I hope you still thoroughly enjoyed your holidays!

  2. Oh I did haha! Thanks for the comment!

  3. Hi,

    Try bio-sculpture! It last for about 3-4 weeks..I have tried it in 45 degrees weather/ beach etc and is great....not melting whatsoever!Back in my country all the nail salons are using it and is the last trend the last few years. I didn't try it in Ireland though..


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