CND Shellac Pedicure: A 24-day review!

Did you know that only 15% of women in the United States go to a salon to get their nails done? Whether they are doing it at home, or just skipping it and viewing it as an unaffordable luxury in a sluggish economy, I don’t know. But one thing that CND has found? Shellac is bringing women back into the salon.

While at Cosmoprof (July 31-Aug. 2, Las Vegas), I had the opportunity to visit the CND booth and receive a Shellac pedicure!

I love the idea of a Shellac manicure, but as you may know I change my nail color practically everyday, and being a blogger, I frequently change my nail polish, and swatch, for the sake of photos and a post – but my toes, now my toes could definitely use something that lasts longer than a couple days!

The tech who did my pedicure, Kristina, was not only a pro nail tech with a salon in Colorado, but she also spends time educating folks – like me! – about Shellac and CND. She said that she has seen first-hand how Shellac is bringing women back to the salon, estimating about 90% of her clients ask for this longer-lasting option!

My Experience

After shaping my toenails, Kristina started out my pedicure by prepping my nails with ScrubFresh, which takes away bacteria:

She applied the Shellac UV Base Coat, and cured each foot for 10 seconds in the CND UV Lamp.

Shaking the bottles before applying (“thin to win,” she said – thin coats of Shellac are key!), Kristina applied two coats of Purple Purple, curing each foot two minutes after each coat. Then, she applied one coat of Zillionaire and cured that, as well.

Kristina applied the Shellac UV Top Coat and cured each foot for two minutes. She took alcohol and went over the surface of the nails immediately after the polish was cured to remove the tacky layer – I got freaked out when I saw her doing this but I realized that the polish was set, and we had a laugh.

She then added CND Solar Oil to my toenails, to help moisturize them:

My toenails are typically very dehydrated, prone to splitting – especially the big toes, right in the middle of the nail – breaking and flaking. But, Solar Oil is not just something she did for me. Solar Oil is recommended for everyone who gets a Shellac mani or pedi, to help keep nails and cuticles moisturized. The small baggie I left the booth with included a tiny bottle of Solar Oil.

Kristina said the microscopic “tunnels” in the Shellac mani/pedi allow for Solar Oil to penetrate  into the nail, in addition to providing a removal process with no nail damage.

How about some pics of the finished product?!


My toes look toe-tally amazing!

New Shellac Power Polish Colors Coming in September!

As I mentioned, my Shellac pedicure was done with two of the six new colors CND will release this September – Purple Purple (an iridescent azure violet) and Zillionaire (sparkling, almost holographic flake glitter layering effect!). Here’s the deets on the new polishes!

From Left to Right: Moonlight & Roses (opalescent pink), Studio White (semi-sheer soft white) and Zillionaire. And because I love it, a close-up shot of Zillionaire:


From Left to Right: Asphalt (concrete grey), Hotski to Tchotchke (vibrant teal) and Purple Purple.


This means Shellac will now come in 30 colors, many of which can be layered to create different, new colors. For example, Krystal of Polish Galore showed off her Shellac mani in Rock Royalty, with a layer of Iced Coral and Zillionaire on top! The other bloggers were all oooohing and aaaaaahing when we saw it!

Many, Many Days Later

I didn’t want to leave off without showing you how well my Shellac pedicure fared. Here are some pics of my pedi at 14 days:

It still looks AMAZING! On the big-toe shot above, you can see, if you look close, a tiny chip. That’s because I accidentally scrapped my toe against concrete. It’s pretty great that I only lost that little bit of polish when I did that.

Around the 21-day mark, I noticed that unfortunately, my big toes were starting to split down the middle, underneath the Shellac. Yes, that means that while my toes were breaking, the Shellac was STILL holding up!

I decided to clip my toes down, to get rid of the splitting. Next up are pictures from Day 24!

Day 24:

As you can see, I’ve had a lot of regrowth, and it’s time to take off my Shellac pedi. But, the shine was still powerful, and cutting my nails down didn’t seem to weaken the Shellac.

So far, my experience with this product has been awesome. I am writing this on Sunday, August 28th, and I still have my Shellac pedi on. It’s still shiny. I will be removing it, and I will let you know how removal goes.

Have you experienced a Shellac manicure or pedicure yet? What do you think about Shellac on the toes vs. fingers? Share your thoughts on Shellac in the comments below!

Disclaimer: The CND Shellac pedicure I received was a service provided to me for review by the PR Firm/Manufacturer. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how keeps it real!