Last Thursday I got a shellac manicure from Stephanie Gregory at Amplify Salon & Spa here in town. These are supposed to last two weeks with no chipping or degradation of color or shine. I told you then that I would keep you posted on how it was holding up, so here goes....
Over the past 7 days I have wrapped dozens of books at the store. This aspect of the season is the chief reason I have not bothered with manicures of any sort for years during the holidays. Color would wear off every time I had to use my fingertips to smooth the paper, and something about wrapping paper dried my nails out so badly that they were prone to breaking and peeling and chipping. Using lotion to keep cuticles and hands replenished is a trick when you need to handle books -- unless whatever you've used has a good chance to fully absorb, you just don't want to to do this because the residue can mark a book.
Well, amazingly, 7 days in the only evidence that there is any age on this manicure at all are the nailbeds, which have (of course, and as expected) grown out a little bit. If I were not wearing a big color, I seriously doubt i'd notice it nearly as much -- but even what I do notice is only because I am watching it with eagle eyes! Most folks don't even notice it unless I point it out.
There is one miniscule area of wear on one fingertip. When I say miniscule, that means I didn't even notice it until I started really studying my fingers for purposes of writing this update.
The color is as true red as it was the minute I walked out of the salon, and the shine has not "matted out" a whit. There hasn't been the slightest transfer of color from my nails to wrapping paper (which always happens with regular polish). The only nail snag I have had at all this week happened when a knife I was using scored the tip of a nail -- and I was able to lightly file it down to smoothness with no problem, and without compromising the integrity of the shellac. (This is actually where that one tiny area of wear is, by the way.)
Women who take extraordinary care of their hands -- cuticle oils, lotions, always wearing household gloves when their hands are going to be in dishwater -- might not even have these tiny issues -- and certainly someone whose nails are slower to grow might not, either.
In short (okay, so it's too late for that, exactly) my shellac manicure has exceeded every expectation I had for it, and I am completely pleased.