Beauty Test Drive: CND Shellac Manicure
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The Shellac process is pretty similar to a regular manicure — base coat, two color coats, top coat — except between each step, you put your hand into a small, hand-sized UV lamp for two minutes in order to bond the polish to the nails. There was no chemical smell and I couldn’t tell any difference between the Shellac-specific polish and regular nail polish in thickness or quality. Afterward, my nail technician, Annie, swabbed a cotton ball soaked with alcohol — yes, real alcohol — over each nail to harden the polish and make it less “sticky,” she said. That made the manicure instantly dry to the touch, meaning I could take out my wallet/sunglasses/keys immediately and not worry about ruining the whole thing. The color was fun, and the finish really was “mirror-like,” as CND advertises. The entire treatment took about 30 minutes and set me back $45 (plus tip). But would it be worth it?