What is a Shellac Manicure?
CND’s Shellac nail care line is a fully-patented line of Shellac nail products. The Shellac products are hybrids, meaning they are half nail polish, half gel. “Shellac” refers specifically to CND’s patented line of products. “Gel” refers to everything else that’s on the market.
The product’s consistency is thin enough to be applied similarly to nail polish, but the Shellac product is cured using UV light that gives it great flexibility and durability. It also has an incredible shine that is only associated with gel nails.
How is Shellac different from a traditional polish manicure?
Typical nail polish dries by evaporation, which means your manicure is not cured until 2-3 hours after your service. Think about it: most of your manicure time is spent waiting for polish to dry.
Shellac is cured within minutes by UV light. Your nails are completely dry by the time your manicure is over and strong enough to withstand accidental knocks. It acts like a plasticized coating and is very suitable as a long-lasting polish.
Who is Shellac best suited for?
A Shellac manicure is perfect for anyone who likes to have manicured nails, but doesn’t want the hassle of booking (or paying for) weekly manicure appointments. It’s more expensive than a traditional salon manicure, but it lasts up to two weeks.
Its durability makes it able to withstand dishwashing, gardening and anything else that requires the use of your hands. Unlike regular nail polish, Shellac manicures don’t chip. The formulation is so long-lasting that nails look as good on day 1 as they do on day 14.