Shellac is the increasingly popular nail gel color that is popping up all over in salons. Shellac provides high gloss shine, doesn't chip, and can last up to two weeks . Currently, there are about thirty colors, with quite a few more being released in the upcoming months.
If you like to change your nail color frequently, opt for a regular manicure, or choose a lighter shade so that you can paint over it. I did this before and loved it because the new shade lasted just as long as the Shellac and went on sooo smooth! This can only be applied in a salon for about $20-$30 but I would highly recommend it, especially if you have an important event coming up such as a wedding. Not having your nails chip is one less thing to worry about!
While getting a shellac manicure can be pricier, keep in mind that it does last longer. If you get manicures frequently, you can cut back on the number of trips you make to get your nails done. Also, there are some DIY alternatives that recently became available in stores. After a bit of practice, you can be doing it yourself in no time.
Gelish which can be found at Sally's, is very comparable to Shelac. The starter kit is $50.00; however, it doesn't come with the UV light that is necessary for the color to set properly. This can be purchased separately and can be found for under $100. The nail colors sell for $15 each.
Sensationail and Red Carpet Manicure are two other options. With an initial investment of about $50 you will have a starter kit complete with a UV light and color. These options are definitely the best bang for your buck, especially if your just starting to do it yourself.
**Several drugstores also offer gel nail polish that doesn't require a UV light. It is VERY easy to apply and may be very appealing to those who are concerned about UV light exposure, which is necessary when getting a get manicure. These nail polishes, which come with everything you need can be found for the very reasonable price of about $10.