Beauty Bite // CND Shellac for Nails

February 22, 2011
the product:
i am obsessed with nail polish.
i love the process of painting my nails, 
the detail it adds to an outfit,
and the shininess of the lacquer in the first few days.
these could all be reasons why i was so resistant to try the latest craze in nail product,
but my mom swears by this “fabulous” shellac, and the last several times i have seen her nails,
they looked gorgeous.
so when a new salon opened just blocks from my house,
i called to see if they carried the CND line of shellac
(that was the brand i had heard the most about) –
they said yes, and i booked my first appointment for that day.
only $20 for the shellac, and it would have been $30 if i had wanted a mani with it.
the verdict:
this was TWO weeks ago.
since then, i have traveled to and from NYC
(on 5 different planes!),
styled/produced an outdoor photoshoot,
and replanted several of my new houseplants…
ALL things that normally wreak havoc on my nails.
how do they look, you ask?
not. a. single. chip.
the shellac is still shiny, intact, and going strong.
this super dark color in the front is the one i got
tips & tricks: 
i became fast friends with the gal who did mine (diane at oak nails)
and she told me all of the pros and cons of the other brands
and it sounds like CND is going to be the one i stick with… 
it’s cheaper, gentler on your nails, and comes off the easiest.
she also made a great point in telling me that if you want the absolute best longevity,
choose a lighter color so the regrowth at the nail bed doesn’t show up quite as much
(this can also depend on how quickly your nails grow).

bottom line:
i love the process of painting my nails, 
so i’m sure i’ll still do it myself from time to time,
but for things like traveling or special occasions,
or even just busy ladies who like to keep their polish looking perfect,
i think this is the best (and most affordable) option!

weigh in:
have you ever had shellac on your nails?
i’d love to hear about your experiences and what you loved/didn’t love!
where did you have it done? will you do it again?

all images borrowed from the CND website
*i am not receiving any sort of compensation for this post… i am truly excited to have tried and loved this product and am so pleased with the salon that i went to.  if you’re in kansas city, you should definitely try them out!*

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  • Reply classyturtle February 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    haven’t tried yet but I really want to. the places in MI are limited (yes I know I should move) did they dry them under the UV lamp?

  • Reply jessie @ the concrete catwalk February 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    yes, rachel… there are 4 different coats (one base, two of the color, and then one top coat) and each coat has to dry separately under the uv lamps, but i think the longest time for an individual dry was 2 mins, so it’s super fast.

    (yes! move to kansas city!!!)

  • Reply GRIT AND GLAMOUR February 22, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I am a total nail junkie, so I love this post! I once tried Axxium by OPI and it lasted, but was hard on my nails. I’ve heard great things about CND Shellac, so it’s nice to hear you confirm them. I SWEAR by CND Stickey to make my natural-nail manis last and last.


  • Reply Linda Brower March 9, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Hi Jessie. This brand is my favorite as well. I tried some others, but this seems to last the longest for me, and it’s definitely easier to soak off. I always use the lightest color, since my nails grow so fast. It’s been the perfect solution for me, with all our events and traveling.

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