Two weeks ago, I had my first Shellac manicure (review here). So how has it fared? Well I have been pretty impressed with it as there has been no chipping or lifting at all and it still looks just as glossy and bright as when I first had it done. There is obviously some noticeable regrown at the bottom of the nails and there is a little tip wear, but this can barely be seen unless you take a close look.
So would I have it done again and how does it compare to the Nails Inc Three Week Manicure I tried previously (reviewed here)? Well it is substantially cheaper than the Nails Inc manicure for a start, and it is more widely available. I did find though that the Nails Inc manicure seemed to be a little more hard wearing and I preferred the wider variety of shades. I found the Shellac shades a little limited with mostly pink and red polishes, although this may be due to the small selection in my salon.
I tend to only have professional manicures for special events or holidays so I think I would probably end up paying the extra with Nails Inc for the wider range of shades and longer wear time. The complimentary Champagne also helps swing it for me! However, there are always deals for Shellac with Groupon and other group purchasing sites so it is a much more affordable way to have sophisticated, perfect-looking nails with minimal upkeepon a regular basis.
Have you tried Shellac or Nails Inc's semi-permanent manicures?
Do you prefer these manicures over traditional polish manicures that are not set with a UV light?