DIY Shellac Without the Shellac

I came across this today while on Pinterest and wanted to share with all the nail lovers out there.  It’s from KeepingUpWithKatieK on Tumblr.  This sounds like something worth trying.  I’ve never used gel before but have been dying to.  Check this out and let me know what your thoughts are.   P.S. If you’ve ever worn gel polish, is it as easily removable as some claim or really expensive to remove?

**Re-Blog**

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BEING THE GIRL THAT I AM, I DECIDED TO SPEND MY FRIDAY NIGHT GETTING A MANI. HOWEVER, BEING THE GIRL THAT I AM, I WANTED A MORE AFFORDABLE WAY TO GET A GOOD-QUALITY PAINT JOB. I LOVE SHELLAC MANICURES BUT I JUST DON’T WANT TO PAY FOR IT.

WHAT I USED:
1. SALLY HANSEN HARD AS WRAPS POWERFUL ACRYLIC GEL
2. MY FAVORITE NAIL POLISH (SERIOUSLY, ESSIE IS AMAZING)
3. SALLY HANSEN NO CHIP ACRYLIC TOP COAT

START WITH CLEAN, DRY NAILS. APPLY ONE COAT OF THE POWERFUL ACRYLIC GEL. WHEN IT’S DRY, APPLY TWO COATS OF YOUR FAVORITE NAIL POLISH. WHEN THAT IS DRY, APPLY ONE COAT OF THE ACRYLIC TOP COAT.

I’M NOT KIDDING. THIS WORKS JUST AS NICELY AS SHELLAC. MY MANICURE FEELS ROCK-HARD AND IT’S SMOOTH AND SHINY. BEST PART, THE THREE BOTTLES COST ME ABOUT $15 AT TARGET AND I’M GOING TO GET MANY MORE USES OUT IT.

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19 thoughts on “DIY Shellac Without the Shellac

    • I hear that! I have a nice collection myself, no way I’m shelling out that kind of money when I can get the same effect with my $2 bottles of Sinful Colors or 99 cents Pure Ice. And I’m sure it’ll be just as pretty & durable. LOL :D

    • I used the above products and it has definitely helped make my DIY manicure stronger and shinier, however it is no replacement for Shellac….as my nails have chipped a little bit already in 24 hrs. Try to paint the end of your nail and/or underneath to seal in all edges with the top coat.

      To remove shellac manicure, soak the cotton balls in 100 % acetone….which also works miracles on regular nail polish…but does dry out your skin (FYI).

  1. I have tried this 3 times now and the polish chipped either the same day or overnight. I waited in between layers, put the top coat also under the nail as indicated on the bottle….thought that was why didn’t work the first time. No luck…..last one I tired it peeled so bad the next day. I am going to try a different one on Pinterest and hope that one works. Really would love to find one that works.

    • I had the same experience this week. I pay about 30-40 dollars for shellac. I need to find a better way. If you have any ideas, let me know!

  2. Hi, it didn’t work for me either. I purchased the gel online and used it with an H&M nail varnish but no success.
    Any tips would be great.

    Thanks,
    Hannah

    • Hi Hannah,

      The only tips I can provide are to be sure to seal your nail edges with a top coat to help prevent chipping. When I tried this method, my manicure lasted pretty much the same as my others…it wasn’t as long lasting as the youtube video. To me it was just like all of my other mani’s.

  3. Didn’t work for me either :/ I did my nails yesterday morning and have 2 chipped edges today. I’m going to try again and put my polish on in two thinner coats.
    I used sally Hansen xtreme polish with it. My nails do feel super thick, and the polish is hard and shiny

    • Renee, I tried SH’s Xtreme polish for the 1st time this past weekend and didn’t like it at all. My polish was really thick and it started to dry out super quick, fresh from the bottle. That stuff is like paint! :D I ended up taking it off and using my new $.99 Wet n Wild.

      I hope you find the right combo for your “gel” mani. I used Sinful Colors with mine and it lasted about the same as a regular mani for me. I haven’t yet found the right combo that lasts as long or as pretty as a real gel mani. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  4. I know I’m kind of late on this thread, but I have heard of a different technique to DIY shellac.
    Put two coats of the acrylic gel coat, (letting dry completely between coats) and then a coat of polish, another coat of acrylic, another coat of polish, and then finally a top coat.
    I know this is a ton of steps but it may also be why the mani is supposed to last longer
    Here’s the link: http://theresakistel.com/diy-gel-nails/
    This girl is general spot on with her advice so I will be trying this tonight and if it works I’ll post back!

  5. This is very good….the only flaw is my manicure skills on the right hand, but practice makes perfect! It’s hard not to get it all over my cuticles, but soooo much cheaper than normal shellac, and I will improve! X

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