Once You Shellac You Will Never Go Back.

Ever since I read this article in the New York Times and saw this post by The MissusI have been dying to try the new Shellac (or gel) nail polish. Yesterday, after I referral from I friend, I found out that Lauren's Nails on Charles Street was now offering this new service. After about 10 minutes I decided that once you Shellac you will never go back. Yeah, it really is that good.

Basically it is just like getting your nails done the traditional way, but instead after each coat of polish (applied with a paintbrush) you allow your nails to harden under an ultraviolet light for a few minutes. After 4 coats you have perfectly polished nails that will supposedly stay that way from 2 weeks to up to a month. Yes, a month! There is no waiting for them to dry, no chipping, no smudging, nothing. I walked out of the salon yesterday with these beauties and the promise that they will be looking this way well into June. Not just June, but the middle of June! Um, sold!!

Before I went in I was worried that the final product would look acrylic or plasticy, but they don't. They really do just look like normal, beautiful, perfectly painted nails. With twenty colors to chose from, what is not to love about the shellac.

The price was steep, about 65 dollars, but after doing the math it definitely equals out to what it would cost to do the same mani/pedi every two weeks (and this doesn't account  for the time wasted by having to go twice.) The only difference is that this one will stay just as beautiful the whole time.... I hope.

I'll post updates after 2, 3 and hopefully 4 weeks.