I am officially on hiatus but I was too excited not to share my new Shellac nail polish – Masquerade. I apologise for the dryness of my cuticles but I just snapped these on the point and shoot. This is about the colour, yo.
Masquerade is a new colour from CND and it’s just gorgeous. A shimmery pinkish red which looks lit from within. Heart.
I’ve used these types of hybrids before so it wasn’t entirely unfamiliar, but these photos below are my first attempt at Shellac. I was pretty happy with how it worked out but it was a learning curve. I figured I would share some of those learnings whilst they are fresh in my mind.
- You don’t need a CND lamp for these but I think I might get one anyway. On my first application, I guessed what the curing times would be with my generic UV lamp (1 minute for base coat, 4 minutes for each coat of colour, and 4 minutes for the top coat) and that works fine, but the CND lamp is alot faster.
- You have to be a tidy painter. If you’re the type to get lacquer on your cuticles this is either not for you OR you need to get tidy! Reason being, this is hard to clean up. Super hard. Even when it’s wet, it’s near impossible to wipe away. And once it’s dry, forget it. It’s not budging until you remove it. I’m a reasonably good painter but my ring finger copped a little leakage into the cuticle. And it distracted me no end because I couldn’t get rid of it!
- If you do get it on your cuticles and still cure it, you’re guaranteed that the manicure won’t last particularly long. The Shellac will start to lift at the cuticles and, unlike regular polish, where you can just peel away the cuticle excess, all of the Shellac on that nail will come off as one piece.
All up though, I’m in love. I have a few more colours on the way so I will do a big post and a tutorial upon my return in a few weeks.
What do you guys think? Heart or hate?