I have been enjoying doing lots of gel polish manis and pedis. Clients are in love with color and I rarely do "french". I'm OK with that LOL.
Overall, I think Shellac is the winner in my books. It's my favourite brand, hands down.
The issues I used to have with dryness seemed to fix themselves. I owe this to Doug Schoon. I'm surprised how many people in the industry still don't know him.
He's advice and knowledge are priceless.
What do I do differently? Doug said to time the soak off time. I used to "eyeball" it. Now I actually set a timer. I use OPI Expert Touch for the removal and tell each client to use cuticle oil till I'm blue in the face. I make sure that I remove the Shellac GENTLY, not scratching the nail.
I do very but very light buff just around the cuticle area with a fine buffer. Just like I would before a manicure. This step is used to ensure a very smooth surface so the color doesn't snag on anything.
One thing I'm lacking is.... MORE COLORS!! I NEED more colors! I was super excited when I came across the preview of the fall/winter collection. Darks!! YES! Navy! YESSS! Green? Even better.
I think I'm most excited about Midnight Swim, which looks like a metallic dark navy. Pretty Poison looks like a dark forest green. Possibly a creme. I hope it has a tiny bit of shimmer. I find that shimmer makes the color go on little better and the shimmers overall are less prone to wrinkling.
Overtly Onyx looks like another winner. I love black. I just hope it's not a boring gunmetal grey that everyone already has.
Vexed Violet- looks nice. Reminds me of Rubble which I totally love. Looks little more like a dusty dark lavender then a taupe.
Faux Fur- I hope it's not like Fedora which gives me troubles. I hope it's more like Dark Lava which I adore.
The least interesting one.... Sugered Spice. Looks like the gold from the first collection that I barely use.
I'm going to move mountains to get the colors ASAP so I can swatch them. I'll be back ;)