Shellac Nails @ Zen Lifestyle

‘Rock Royalty’ by CND

Whilst attending the Zen Lifestyle relaunch with Hayley last Thursday (full post here) I was lucky enough to nab a cancellation slot to receive a complimentary Shellac manicure. I’d never had the chance to try Shellac before although I have always been intrigued – nail polish that lasts for around 2 weeks?! So, curiosity got the better of me and I jumped at the chance to give it a go.

Hailed as the world’s first ‘super polish’ Shellac claims to provide fourteen days of chip free, smudgeless and super shiny nail colour whilst also improving the health of your nails. The process involves multiple layers of CND Shellac base coat, colour coats and a top coat while also ‘curing’ the layers in between steps with an UV nail lamp.

I was originally drawn to a super bright turquoise colour, however sadly the bottle was empty and I opted for this gorgeous plum hue – Rock Royalty – instead. Rock Royalty is a dark purple with an incredibly subtle glitter in direct light which I tried my best to pick up with my flash in the last picture above. This is quite a wintery shade however I absolutely love it, at the moment I’m wearing a lot of similar shades on my nails with Purple Grey by Models Own being a firm favourite.

Not every nail has been painted perfectly but it’s not really obvious unless you’re picky like me, however I feel that if you’re paying to have your nails painted they really should be perfect – especially if it’s meant to last for two weeks. I’m quite impressed by how well this nail polish has lasted so far, even after quite a busy weekend my nails are still chip free and very shiny. It’s not even been a week yet though, so I may do a little update post when it comes to removal time, but usually my nail polish has a few chips at this stage. I do give them a little polish with a cotton pad just to stop them dulling down, but I don’t think this is really necessary.

At Zen Lifestyle the Shellac manicure will set you back £42, which is a little out of my league for a regular treatment. I think Shellac would be perfect for going on holiday as it removes the stress of having to top up any chips caused by the usual holiday activities. I’m definitely going to try get myself booked in for an updated Shellac closer to my holiday in July, I wonder how well it would cope with a girls holiday in Kavos…