My Experince with Shellac by CND. Is It Worth The Hype?

I am not going to get into a lot of  the details about the CND’s Shellac because you can read everything on the official website and you probably already know that it is a hybrid of a nail polish and a gel which offers a long lasting result for 14 days. It is important to know that Shellac is formaldehyde, toluene and DBP free.


So here is my impression and the photo of my Shellac after 14 days!

How does it work: Manicurist applies a Base Coat, 2 coats of  Shellac and a Top Coat and each time something is applied – it has to get dry under the UV lamp. It look about 30 minutes to get both hands done. The great thing is that is doesn’t need any additional time to get dry so you are ready to go just when everything is finished. To take it off – visit a salon (and yes, you have to pay extra money) but I can’t say anything on the procedure yet as I am about to visit my manicurist today or tomorrow.


My Impression: I am really impressed! Shellac stays on for 14 days without chipping, fading or disappearing. It remains as shiny and beautiful as the day when you’ve had your mani done. I have to say that it is THE shiniest nail polish I’ve ever had on my nails, the colour and the glossiness are unbelievable. As you can see from the photo above, the only problem is that your nails are actually growing. In other case you could wear it for a longer time that 2 weeks as it looks perfect anyway.

The price: It depends on the country but I’ve paid for mine a bit more than a double price of a regular manicure and I think that it’s totally worth the money for the effect.

My advice: since you are going to have this mani on for 2 weeks, go for the shade you are comfortable with, you can experiment with the regular nail polish. I got myself a red mani as you can see because red is something that I wear very often.

Would I recommend it? Absolutely! In fact I am going to try out more shades, the dark one and the hot coral one. It is amazing as you spend less than an hour (including the manicure itself) and you have a perfect looking nails for two weeks. I also know that some of my friends are going to try it as well. By the way, this is also a great way to let your nail grow as most likely they won’t break with Shellac on.


  1. I’ve just had Shellac too and I was really impressed, I had a pink on mine. It definately looks shiny and chip free for the full 14 days. I love the coral and the dark purple 🙂

  2. Thanks for this post! I was wondering if it was worth the hype/cost. As a rule, I don’t get professional manicures because I tend to chip my nail polish very quickly.. this might be a better alternative for me!

    • Thank you, Ambarina. I haven’t tried Gellish but I absolutely loved Shellac. It looked perfect even on the 20th day for me. But my nails were growing and this is the only reason why I removed it.


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