Who wouldn’t want their nail polish to last two or three weeks without chipping, flaking or peeling?
Shellac nail gel is a special nail polish combined with a gel that is supposed to provide you with this type of long-lasting result.
Shellac is the brand name for a product produced by Creative Nail Design (CND). Their Shellac polish can only be bought and applied by a licensed nail salon. However, like any product, there are do-it-yourself versions that can be purchased on the internet.
How it is applied?
Shellac nail gel is applied by brushing on several coats of the polish/gel but between each coat, nails are dried using a hand-size UV light.
Other gel manicures are applied in a two-step process. First, a gel substance is applied to the nail that is filed and shaped. Then nail polish follows to add the color.
Shellac nail gel has combined these two steps by repeatedly having the technician layer the polish/gel combination on to the nail.
How it is removed?
Shellac gel is removed by applying a special acetone wrap to the nails and fingertips to soften the polish so it can be scraped and filed off.
The acetone stays on for about 10 minutes. It is only supposed to be removed by the salon to avoid damaging your nails.
Who is it best suited for?
Shellac is not good for people who have damaged, split or peeling nails. Your nails should be healthy in order to consider using Shellac.
How much does it cost?
Shellac manicures cost $30-40 dollars each time at a salon and $5 to remove the polish.
Now, here is the "Bad and Ugly" part.
According to Good Housekeeping, “Shellac contains methylpyrrolidone, a chemical that is used to dissolve other chemicals. In June 2001, methylpyrrolidone was added to California's Prop 65 list of toxic chemicals as a chemical discovered to cause reproductive toxicity.”
(Note: CND Shella has reported that "As of August 2011, CND Shellac does not contain the chemical Methyl Pyrrolidone (n-MP").