I love nail color but it chips so easily. Any suggestions?
– Tania, Bellevue
Your question inspired me to dig around in the world of nail polish. You see, I never get manicures since they always chip within 48 hours. Sometimes I can’t even get home from the salon without some major scuffs along the way. Well, I have met my solution and I’m not turning back. I have just experienced Shellac nail color by CND and at long last, I am officially a nail color girl. Finally, my cheap-lazy-nail-self thinks it’s money well spent.
For my manicure, I chose the darkest of the Shellac color options as I wanted to fully test the product. This color is a lot like Lincoln Park After Dark by OPI.
I went to see Tracy, my new manicurist, at Changes Salon, at 2104 Cestmoor Rd. She explained all about how CND Shellac doesn’t compromise the nail as there is no need to etch the nail. You must come back to have the polish removed. She does this by covering each nail in a little fingertip glove of acetone for about 10 minutes. Voila: your undamaged nail is revealed!
So, while you must commit to the color for a while, your nails are not committed to a certain product, as with gel nails. The only issue you will have is nail growth, and thus the space between your nail bed and your polish will be color-free as it grows out over the two-week period. I’m fine with that. With a lighter color, this issue is far less noticeable. I might even get three to four weeks with a clear coat. Oh, this thought has me happy.
One more thing – your nails are dried with UV light and and thus fully cured and dry when you walk out the door. That’s right. No need to get your credit card out BEFORE your manicure. Hunt for it afterward as your nails will be just fine. Imagine how revolutionary this is to winter pedicures and boots!
Did I have any problems? Well, one afternoon I opened tons of new plastic wrapped cosmetics and spice jars. Then I opened up a bottle of champagne. At that point one piece did start to break free of my nail. I just placed it back down and it never bothered me again. Go figure. This stuff is amazing.
This $40 manicure lasts at least two weeks. No at home touch-ups needed. I can’t believe my cheap-lazy-nail-self is now a nail color girl!
Make your appointment with Tracy, at Polished. This polish requires true technique and she’s amazing. If you are not in Nashville, find a salon near you at the CND website.
- 2145 Bandywood Dr.
- Nashville, TN 37215
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