What is Shellac? Shellac™ is a hybrid Nail Color a mix between regular nail polish and gel nails. This revolutionary product applies like polish, wears flawlessly for up to 14 days of high gloss shine, and is removed in minutes. Shellac is a trademark product first created by CND (Creative Nail Design) making it the leader in the revuloustin prodcut. There are now more companies such as OPI and Gelish coming out with mock similar products.
What colors does Shellac come in? See a full list of colors below with photos
What is the benefit of Shellac? Zero dry time, full color and shine for up to 14 days, minimal to no chipping, helps weak brittle nails, prevents nail splitting, acts as a shield for nail biters.
How does Shellac work? Shellac is like any other polish application which includes a Base Coat, Color Coat (2 coats) and Top Coat. All coats are cured individually with a UV Lamp. When all layers are complete the shellac is 100% dry to the touch which is another reason why Shellac is so popular there is no wait for drying time.
How long has it been around? About a year
How many Shellac colors are there? 30. CND first launched the system with 12 colors, later released a second set of 12 back in March 2011, and just released this September a set of 6 shades for Fall 2011. See a full list of colors below.
How long will my Shellac Manicure last? Up to 14 days depending on how vigorous you are with your hands.
How do I remove Shellac? Shellac is removed with 100% pure acetone. Removal can be done at home, however it is recommended that shellac be removed in a professional salon which nail technicians who are specially trained with the products. Shellac removal in the salon takes about 10 minutes.
Where can I get Shellac? Check out your local salon. This is a professional product and is not sold in stores.
How much does Shellac Cost? Anywhere from 30-50$ which most salons do include a basic manicure with cuticle maintenance and filing.
Will Shellac damage my nails? Minimal zero damage. Some dryness will occur which is why it is best to hydrate with cuticle oil. Everyone’s nails are different and some may not have best of results as others.
Do I need a fill? No. With Shellac the product is fully removed and done completely over again each time.
How do I keep my Shellac at its best? If you see any prodcut lifting do not pick at it, this will tend to lift off the entire prodcut off the nail. Do not file at the edges this will also tend to life product off the entire nail.
Also it is very importatnt to use cutile oil daily. CND recommends their cuticle oil called “Solar Oil” which is a blend of 4 lightweight oils that can easily penetrate through Shellac and to the nail bed for optimal hydration.
List of all CND Shellac Colors:
* Dont let the bottle color fool you, because Shellec is a light sensitive product the Shellac bottles are not transparent so the color of the bottle is not the actual color inside.
Rock Royalty- plum purple
Black Pool- rich black
Hollywood- bright red
Iced Coral- frosty neutral
Gotcha- bubble gum pink
Cocoa- tan neural
Decadence- deep red
Hot Pop Pink- bubble hum pink
Clearly Pink- clear
Romantique- milky baby pink
Masquerade- deep shimmer Christmas red (Similar to OPI Bogota Blackberry)
Mother of Pearl- fine silver glitter
Cream Puff- stark white
Negligee- blue toned iridescence (Similar to OPI Rosy Future)
Strawberry Smoothie- shimmer light pink
Rose Bud- mauve pink
Tutti Frutti- pink fuchsia (Similar to OPI La Paz itively Hot)
Tropix- red orange coral (Similar to OPI Cajun Shrimp)
Hot Chilis- shimmer red (Similar to OPI Cha Ching Cherry)
Wildfire- classic red
Fedora- deep purple black (Similar to OPI Lincoln Park After Dark)
Zillionaire- chunky mixed glitter
Studio White- soft white
Moonlight and Roses- opalescence pink
Purple Purple- shimmer grape purple
Asphalt- concrete gray
Hotski To Tchotchke- vibrant teal shimmer
Red Baroness- shimmer red