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Every once in a while, I try a product that instantly ‘WOWS’ me because it is so innovative and the results are so impressive that I can’t stop gushing about it. CND Shellac is one of the most amazing products that I have tried in a long time.

Two weeks ago, I was invited to a delightful beauty insider event at the recently relocated Paint Shop from Beverly Hills to experience this new Shellac nail service. Paint Shop was debuting their airy new digs on West 3rd Street and the fact that it is one of a handful of salons in LA currently offering Shellac. After sipping some tasty margaritas and eating some super tasty Mexican food from Plancha, the very skilled and meticulous Iesha gave me a fabulous Shellac manicure with the ease and flawless precision of a pro. The service took about an hour and I was amazed that it had almost no smell, I loved how it dried instantly and was even more impressed that I got my massage after the manicure to prove how totally dry my nails were.

What is Shellac you ask? Shellac is an amazing category busting hybrid nail color product that applies like polish, wears flawlessly for 14 days of high gloss shine, and is removed in minutes. Shellac paints on just like regular polish – base coat, color, top coat –however it needs to be cured between each coat under a special a UV light which is the secret to its durable finish. The formula is thin and flexible like polish, so it not only looks natural, it provides strong natural nail protection with a resilient mirror finish that resists dullness and chipping, even during the most rigorous activities.

Shellac is a professional salon service that launched in May 201o with 12 shades ranging from French pinks and whites to reds and rich darks. The product is hypo-allergenic, 3-Free (no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP) and requires zero drying time (the UV curing does that for you!) This innovative formula took nearly five years to develop because it resulted in this game changing professional product that resists chips, smudges, dullness, does not damage the nails, and is easily removed in 10 minutes.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well a picture is worth a thousand words (forgive my amatuerish photo below, I am still learning the art of photographing for the web):

Shellac Day 1

Shellac After Two Weeks

Pretty amazing isn’t it? Honestly, IMO Shellac is like a nail polish dream come true! I have been on the East coast for the past two weeks on a family vacation doing tons of stuff and through it all my Shellac manicure looks as good as new, I can’t believe it! No chips, no dullness, no breaks, NOTHING! My nails are shiny, mirror like and fresh looking even after 2 WEEKS!! Other than a little noticeable growth at my cuticle, there is little sign of wear and tear. It is truly a ground breaking product, I am so giddy about how it looks that I can’t stop staring at my nails. In fact, it still looks so good, that I am debating about whether or not to have another Shellac manicure before I head to CPNA (the largest pro beauty show in North America) in Vegas this weekend. It takes a lot to impress this beauty maven, and although Shellac costs more than your average manicure, the longevity and impressive results are well worth it.

To find a salon in your area that offers Shellac click HERE.

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