Is Shellac Worth the Cost?

After a near enough three hour trip to the Esthetic Skincare and Beauty Clinic, I left with coral coloured shellac manicure on my hands and feet, and lighter pockets from the price tag it came with.

What is it?
Shellac uses of a blend of gel and nail polish that adds strength and durability to the nails, claiming to reduce chipping and last a minimum of two weeks. Naturally, I decided to put this to the test, and what better way to do so than on a activity-packed holiday to Corfu, where I would be showering daily to get saltwater/chlorine out of my hair.

Two week itinerary/nail watch

Screen Shot 07-16-15 at 02.35 PMDAY 1 (FRI): I began the ordeal of packing for my holiday shortly after returning home from the beauticians.

DAY 2 (SAT): I attended a baby shower, then came home to do more packing with the nails still looking as good as new.

DAY 3 (SUN): I had a LUSH bath bomb bubble bath and got all ready for my holiday.

DAY 4 (MON): I spent the few hour wait before flying in the duty free lounge and then travelled to Corfu. Nails still looking flawless and up for the challenges I had in store.

DAY 5 (TUE): Managed to get my unpacking done and go exploring the village, jumping in and out of the pool and pebbly sea at every opportunity to cope with the heat.11741896_10207301482917637_1085115917_n

DAY 6 (WED): Spent the day relaxing on the pebble filled beach and going in and out of the sea, therefore the shellac on my feet had to withstand lots, and as of this wore off slightly.

DAY 7 (THU): Attended a water park where we were in and out of the water on rides andwhen running my 11739551_10207301483037640_59656638_nhands through my hair I could feel the shellac catching, but not coming off.

DAY 8 (FRI): Again, spent the day relaxing on the pebble filled beach and going in and out of the sea and pool. The thumb nail on my left hand chipped at the top.

DAY 9 (SAT): Today consisted 10726339_10207301482997639_706689662_nof a boat trip with lots of jumping into the sea to cool off, again with my hands catching on my hair whilst combing through it. However, my nails survived the inflatable ringo water sports activity.

DAY 10 (SUN): Went on another boat trip, but this time to a beach where games were played and later went on a night out, as you can see the nail varnish still looks reasonably good, considering.

11755083_10207296316228473_5477566214090359261_nDAY 11 (MON): I did lots of jumping into the sea and pool to make the most of our last day, noticing that my nails were growing and with it the shellac was being pushed up. Flew home.

DAY 12 (TUE): Unpacked and had a long bath to relax, with little bits of shellac coming off in the tub due to catching on my wet hair, yet again.

DAY 13 (WED): Lazy day where no change occurred to my nails.

DAY 14 (THU): Nail varnish still on every nail and at a glance (without too much inspection) still looking reasonable.

Verdict
My shellac withstood the arduous tests abroad and home in the UK with them still looking11739672_10207301482837635_876189529_n reasonably good after the two week minimum lasting period. It seems I could even use a similar colour nail varnish to fill in the gaps and allow my nails to stay painted for another week or two. Normal nail varnish would not have lasted two minutes, especially facing the conditions the shellac did, so it was definitely a wise choice to have them done professionally ready for my holiday. I would definitely recommend a shellac manicure, especially for a holiday, as like it says on the tin, it reduces chipping and lasts for a good two weeks, if not longer.

Rae Coppola

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