Shellac Nail Polish - Pros and Cons

by - 10:57 pm


I've been looking for solutions for a while now for my never ending nail painting problem. Every other day I seem to be topping up my nail varnish because of one chip or another. It was actually my boss that recommended Shellac Nail Polish to me, she told me that hers had lasted almost 3 weeks and was pretty much like new when she took it off. So this is when I started doing my research. At first I found sites that told me Shellac was only available in salons and unregistered people could not purchase the product. I soon found that wasn't the case. I found several sites all over the world that sold the polish and the items that go along with it. Before I purchased anything I wanted to see what were the Pros and Cons of the product. So here is what I found.

Pros:
  • The nail varnish can last up to a month compared to a normal nail polish which only last a few days.
  • No chips or scratches, which means no topping up your nails every few days, especially after a hard day at work!
  • No sculpting or filling necessary.
  • You use less product as it is applied less frequently than the traditional nail varnish brands.
  • No waiting around for it to dry, it is hardened under a UV lamp, so no smudges!
  • Better for your nails than gels and acrylics.
  • Glossy finish permanently.
  • Can now be done at home, with the proper kit. No more salons.
Cons:
  • The cost! You can buy packages online with everything you need but they start from £49.99 and up for only 2 colours. (But they include your base and top coat, UV lamp and acetone remover).
  • Hard on nails! Your nails will grow weaker and more brittle. (I have been advised to take a breather after a Shellac Manicure to let your nails recover).
  • Removing the nail polish is a pain as it has to be soaked in acetone, which is unhealthy for skin and nails.
  • You have to wear the same colour for up to a month.
After reading pros and cons on a wide variety of different sites I have decided to give Shellac a try. I think the major downfall is the removal but if done right damage should be minimal....hopefully. I am happy to invest in a product that will give me longer lasting nails! All of the above pros and cons I have found from various nail care websites, blogs and word of mouth. I will definitely do a review and my own pros and cons list when I have bought and tried the product!


Jodie x

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20 comments

  1. Really enjoyed this post! I had shellac done at a salon and I tought it was great, didnt damage my nails and I only gave up cos of the cost and as I got bored of havin the same colour for a month like you said. Let me know if you decide to go for it and what it's like doing it yourself rather than going to a salon xxx
    http://makeupbeautyshopping.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment! Its nice to hear from someone who has actually had it done before, I am really thinking of investing in it and will definitely blog about it when I do! Love Jodie xxx

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  2. great post *_* your blog looks very lovely and interesting. im glad if you visit my blog, too<3 keep in touch!

    xx
    beauthi.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi huni! Thanks for visiting and thank you for the lovely comment! I will be definitely having a look at your blog tonight! xxx

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  3. Wonderful post...I like your blog.^^
    Maybe follow each other on BLOGLOVIN and GFC???
    Lovely greets Nessa

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    1. Thanks sweetie :) Yes I am always willing to look at new blogs and show my support by following as we are all init together! :) I shall take a look now xx

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  4. I had it done a while ago because i was told it would allow my nails to grow and would stop them splitting (kinda like how they grow when you have acrylics on). I didn't like it tbh, i didnt really think it was worth the money. If you want stronger nails get OPI nail envy and if you want long lasting colour than gel based polishes (barry m) are really good. Btw check out my blog its www.beautyholiclu.com. Follow each other? xx

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    1. Thanks for the advice hun I will definitely try out the products you suggested before I invest alot of money in Shellac xxx

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  5. Nice post!!! would you like to follow each other with GFC and Bloglovin?
    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  6. Great post, I have been thinking about stopping getting acrylic nails done and giving Shellac a go, but I like to change my colour, three weeks is a long time with one colour for me

    I am new to the blogging world, check out my blog

    graceandjoan.blogspot.co.uk

    I hope you enjoy mu posts too
    xx

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    1. Thanks for visiting hun :) I know I am seriously considering trying it and will blog about it when I do :) I shall check out your blog now xxx

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  7. Just found your blog and loving it. Maybe we can follow each other on GFC or bloglovin? Please feel free to stop by my blog and let me know. XO

    http://mevamarie.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi sweet sorry for the late reply! Thanks for visiting and following I shall check out your blog now. :) xxx

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  8. Great review, it's always good when a nail polish is lasting <3

    Feel free to check-out my latest blog post and if you like, follow me on GFC, I'll follow you back :)
    http://roxxanaifrim.blogspot.ro/

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    1. Hi hun, thanks for visiting my blog I shall visit your blog now xxx

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  9. Great post !Would you like to follow each other?
    http://kate-fashionschtick-kate.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for visiting huni I shall check out your blog now :) xxx

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  10. Hi Jodie, you have shared very nice post to inform advantages and risk about shellac nail polish, after read it, It is clear "shellac is not for everyone". I want to connected with you and I also write the post about pros and cons of shellac nail polish. Hope you also like it. Thanks

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  11. I had shellac on my nails by a professional,but had them removed at a walk in shop. They have ruined my nails.They filed off the polish ,so my nails are very very thin and brittle. I always had good strong nails. I went back to complain,but they didn't seem to understand me or maybe they didn't want to. Will never have them done again. This post described pros and cons of shellac nail polish very nicely. Thanks

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