You may remember from a few weeks ago my moaning and anger regarding my Shellac experience? Today I want to share the evidence, my friends.
I should start off by saying I know I am a snob, and not your average customer, but come on. I didn't pay $35 to have you paint my fingers. And when we're conversing and I tell you that although I am not a certified nail tech, I consider myself an expert-every girl, and have high standards, you should have put forth your best effort.
The pictures above are immediately upon leaving the salon. Not only was there no clean line around my cuticles, there was uneven paint, leaving streaks and spots of visible nail. After some clean-up at home, I was left with this:
I will say I LOVED the color combination, Shellac 'Asphalt' and 'Zillionaire,' even if 2 coats of Asphalt was needed. I will be reenacting this manicure with regular polish, I am thinking the closest dupes would be Zoya 'Dove' and Nubar '2010'.
I did love the longevity of the polish as well and the strength it gave my nails. I took it off within the first week as I was unhappy with the cuticle cleanup/lines plus I wanted to paint something different.
Removal, although a little time consuming was a breeze. I used the foil method, soaking a cotton ball in acetone polish, resting it on my nail, and wrapping with foil for 15-20 minutes. Upon removing the foil, the polish scrapes off easily with an orange stick/cuticle stick. The only damage I sustained was on my pinkie from peeling off polish at the office, my own doing.
Overall, I will not be paying for gel polish applied "professionally" again. I am considering investing in an at-home system and will do them myself. I have done a lot of research in this area and had initially decided on Gelish, but with Sally Hansen and Sensationail receiving rave reviews, I will be looking in to that.
I don't want to discourage you from getting gel manicures, I have heard many people say how much they love it. I would just be careful where you go. I had my reservations ahead of time, but decided to stop being such a type A personality and trust a certified nail tech. Yeah, my mistake.
I learned a $35 lesson here folks, I have high standards when it comes to my nails, and will only do my own nails from now on. And hey, when I do invest in a system I will be glad to give out high quality manicures to my friends and family!