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Mediocre Manicure: Shellac

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A Shellac manicure is a method that uses a hybrid formula of part-nail polish/part- gel polish. This manicure and/or pedicure promises not to smudge, peel or chip and to last 14 days.

Shellac manicures have been available for quite some time now with new product lines, colors and textures hitting the salons.

CONS: Each coat of polish requires a UV light to dry causing a longer visit to the salon. The re-growth is a little bothersome and tends to lift slightly at the cuticle. Removal of this manicure is vexing. It can be taken off at a salon or at home with a bottle of acetone. Each finger is wrapped in acetone-soaked cotton for ten minutes then rubbing and scraping are needed to finish the job.

The Shellac manicure does last a very long time and would be great before a long vacation, no touch-ups needed. However, for me, it is not worth the extra time, money or the tourture.

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