My CND Shellac Experience
I had first heard about CND Shellac while browsing through some older entries on All Lacquered Up. Shellac is a high-gloss, quick drying UV gel hybrid manicure that is guaranteed to last up to 14 days with no tip wear or chipping. The idea seemed interesting but at the time I was still not really into neutrals/reds/pinks and it seemed like those were your only options if you wanted a Shellac manicure. Fast forward to a few months later when Michelle did a St. Paddy’s Day Shellac Manicure. The color combination created with the layering of two Shellac polishes was amazing to me, I’m definitely a sucker for greens.
I immediately started scouring my town for salons that offered Shellac manicures. I finally found a salon and went in with high hopes and a full description of the manicure from ALU to see how well my nail tech could recreate it. Each layer had to be cured for 2 minutes under a UV light, but in no time we were done with the whole process. IT WAS A SUCCESS! The combination of CND Shellac Black Pool and CND Shellac Iced Coral created a layering masterpiece. The resulting hue was a slightly frosted, slightly metallic forest green. It reminded me a little bit of Illamasqua’s Viridian (a polish that I still need to add to my stash). And true to their claims, this manicure lasted me about 13-14 days. There was minor tip wear on maybe one or two nails but other than that it held up remarkably well.
For more info on CND Shellac, visit their website here.