Enter the ever efficient Pinterest.
I stumbled across a pin that suggested you can do your own knock-off shellac for a fraction of the cost of going to the salon over and over. I find that if I keep my nails painted, I tend to bite them less. I decided that I would go on a nail biting strike and use this as my starting point. I already had the Sally Hansen Powerful Acrylic Gel and Essie polish (I LOVE ESSIE!!). I just needed the Sally Hansen No Chip top coat.
Here are my first use results:
I applied one coat of the gel, two coats of Essie Go Overboard, one coat of no chip top coat. Initial results were amazing! My nails had a high gloss finish and did look very similar to a salon finish.
However, by the end of Day 1, I already had a chipped nail. I chalked this up to the fact that I have nubs for nails. I wasn't able to go completely under the nail with the top coat like it had suggested.
By the end of Day 2 (last night), my right hand had large chips on three fingers and my thumb. My left hand had two small chips on two fingers.
I am unimpressed. Right off the bat, it looked great, but it didn't even last a day. Upon reading the reviews of the No Chip top coat I found that they were all very low. Every review mentioned the same thing that had happened to my nails.
I'm not giving up on my mission though. I'm just going to move on to a different process. Hopefully with more success! Stay tuned!