Shellac Hack: Jesse's Girl Wild Thing

I've been waiting awhile to try the "Shellac hack" for awhile now, and well boo. I don't know if it was the length of my nails or the fact that it just isn't Shellac. It lasted about 24 hours, less than regular nail polish and was chipping horribly. I am tempted to try it again with a higher quality polish, but I honestly don't know if that would make a difference.

These pictures are from this summer, when I attempted this, before D-Day and when everything was lusciously green outside.

You can pick up Jesse's Girl nail polish at Rite Aide, and retails under $5. I try not to use it frequently as it does contain formaldehyde and all the other bad chemicals the larger manufacturers like OPI, Zoya, etc. are trying to get away from. Unfortunately I've read that it's the formaldehyde that makes the colors so bright, so I guess it's a trade off.

The idea of the "shellac hack" is to alternate thin coats of Gelous (from Sally Beauty), Sally Hansen Hard As Nails, and your color of choice topped off with a top coat. You gradually apply the coats, thickening the polish on your nails.

The process is as follows:

1 Coat Hard As Wraps
1 Coat Gelous
1 Coat Polish
1 Coat Gelous
1 Coat Polish
1 Coat Top Coat

Trust me, less than 3 hours later I had this on my tips:

This is the same color, but it's extremely difficult to photograph accurately in daylight, let alone accurately inside! Again, maybe it's because I had a little bit of length on my nails that it chipped this fast? I honestly don't know...I wish I could tell you. But the Shellac Hack did NOT work for me.

You can find the original directions here, let me know if it works for you! My nails are quite long as I type this, which usually means a break is eminent. When that happens and I must return to nubs, I will try this again and update!

In the meantime, if this is something you try, let me know if it works for you!