I’ve never taken off nail polish that still looked this good. This photo was taken after two weeks of Shellac, when the only sign of wear was growth at the base of my nail bed. So, should you get shellacked? Read my review in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Never in my life. One week after my nails were polished with Shellac, they’re still perfect. Not one chip. Every time I look at them, I’m delightfully surprised.

Shellac Day 1I’ve been Shellacked. It’s the latest hybrid between color and gel from Creative Nail Design and is said to last two weeks without chipping.  At $50, it’s less expensive than gel nails, and said to be less work. Shellac goes on just like polish, but dries literally in seconds under a UV lamp. First impressions: My nails look perfect, and I mean perfect. Generally, by the time I leave the salon, I’ve already smudged at least a pinky. These shiny, hard, but normal feeling nails seem utterly resistant to my abuse. Rhonda Hansford at Uptown’s Jason Deavalon Salon is one of the first in town to offer the service. The one added step is polish removal, which is more of a process since the color is cured to the nails. It’s $10 to have Hansford take off the polish, but the charge is waived with reapplication. Take-home “Shellac Remover Wraps” are available. But before we get to that, let’s see if it really survives a weekend filled with t-ball, not tea parties.