I have indulged in a CND Shellac manicure a couple of times now - even for my wedding I had a gorgeous shimmering teal colour.
The polish lasted more than two weeks each time I had it done at a salon - fantastic. The price tag however was not so fantastic. Around £20 a time, which, some might say is reasonable, but not something I could get on a regular basis.
I decided to get a kit from amazon and do my own shellac manicures.
Here is my first attempt and my chosen polish is a colour changing one:
I decided to try the Bluesky shellac polish, rather than its more expensive sister brand, CND. Bluesky is around £6 a bottle, whereas CND is £15.
I found the wear on my first attempt was around a week, which for me, is better than normal nail polish.
I found it helped my nail health, they grew stronger, I guess the gel gave the nail a more protective layer.
Have you tried a DIY shellac?