Shellac Nails; Perfecting & lengthening natural nails

“Shellac; natural nails have never looked better”

CND Shellac nail polish is a hybrid of nail polish and gel, designed to deliver your client shiny, non-chipped and non-smudged nails for over 14 days.

Shellac or ‘gel’ nail polish is ‘cured’ in a UV or led lamp, and unlike normal nail lacquer, there’s absolutely zero drying time, perfect for an individual who’s ‘on the go’. Shellac will leave you with a high gloss manicure or pedicure that lasts the test of time.

With over 160 designer shades from classy nudes, and vacation blues to autumnal maroons, there’s so much to choose from.

With over 2 weeks of no chips, you can enjoy this superior service at the majority of local salons.

Shellac gives clients high shine and high-performance wear with absolutely no nail damage.

The CND Shellac manicure includes:

  • Wide range of colour options
  • Manicure
  • Shape, cuticle removal and gel/Shellac application

Shellac Nail Polish Colours 2022 (In real life)

Click on the Instagram hashtags to see the Shellac colours in real life!














Oranges & Corals









Sheers (Not opaque/for french manicure)




Pastel Purples


Lengthening your nails

Take note of the aftercare your nail technician provides you with and you can have long nails in about 1-3 weeks. Make sure to do the following to achieve long nails:

Shellac nails should last up to two weeks, but only with the proper aftercare. Here are some tips on how to keep your manicure looking fresh and chip-free:

  • Try IBX 
  • To keep your CND Shellac nails on longer, always wear gloves when doing any cleaning or dishwashing as harsh chemicals can affect the Shellacs strength and cause chipping
  • Use cuticle oil twice daily – this will make sure your cuticles don’t dry and look unsightly. Oil also creates a protective barrier around the Shellac polish, helping to protect the gel from water and other chemicals that may affect it
  • Don’t pick at anything and when cutting or cooking, make sure to be very careful not to cut your nail will anything sharp as this will cause chipping

Shellac & gel polish explained

Many people refer to all gel polish services as ‘Shellac nails’, however, Shellac is actually a brand name of the product manufactured by the company ‘CND’.

Shellac applies like normal nail polish, but stays un-chipped or damaged for over 2 weeks. The polish hardens in a UV (ultraviolet) or LED lamp and a topcoat is applied to give you lasting high shine till your next soak off and re-shellac.

The difference between Shellac and Gel Polish

Sometimes the word ‘Shellac’ is used to describe gel polish manicure in general, but Shellac is actually a brand name for the polish. For instance, some brand names of gel polish you may have heard of before include Shellac, Gelish, Artistic Colour Gloss, OPI, Gellux, Cal Gel etc.

The appointment 

A good shellac nail polishing treatment should include all the steps recommended by the company (CND) that makes it. Your nail appointment for hands or feet should include the following:

  • Assessment of the hands and nails
  • Cleansing of the hands with ‘Cool Blue’
  • File, shape & cuticle removal
  • Shellac polish application with any of the gorgeous 160+ nail colours to choose from
  • Finished with a drop of ‘Solar Oil’ to moisturise the cuticles and protect the nails from water and chemicals.

Appointment length

A Shellac nail appointment will usually take no more than 40 minutes unless you require removal, in which case 1 hour. For nails and toes, allow one hour.


Shellac nail polish has taken the world by storm since 1979, and it’s no surprise.

The CND brand has been one of the best and most popular innovations found in nail salons today. People across the globe fell in love with having a perfect, long-lasting, chip-free manicure for weeks at a time.

Before this type of nail polish was invented, nail salon manicures with normal nail polish application were the done thing. However, a good nail lacquer will only last around one week before chipping occurs and for the busy woman, this is a problem. Going to your nail salon is an enjoyable and relaxing experience, but we can’t always make time to come into the salon so regularly, and that’s why Shellac nails are so popular.

A well-applied, good-quality branded Shellac nail treatment will last well over 2-3 weeks if proper care is taken, so it’s no mystery why people have fallen in love with the Shellac nail polish from CND.


We can’t resist a bit of glitz and glam, can we? That’s why you will always want to stock the best brands of glitter to go over or add to our nail manicures.

Glitters are truly stunning and come in all different colours. Use a top-grade quality, non-toxic glitter brand like Levente or Magpie to get the best results.

These glitters can be applied over your Shellac nails because they are so finely cut that they lie completely flat on your nail bed, meaning your topcoat will be completely smooth.

Professional glitters also have micro lock technology, which means the colour of the glitter won’t bleed and cause unsightly fading.

Soaking them off

It is highly recommended that you have your Shellac nail polish taken off by a professional, and most nail salons will charge anything from £5-12 for removal.

Like most gel polishes, Shellac is removed exactly the same way by soaking the gel off with acetone. However, due to a new innovation by the CND brand, we can soak your nail polish off in just 5 minutes. Picking or peeling your Shellac nail polish is extremely bad for your nails as doing so will pull a layer off the surface of your nail plate leaving them soft and brittle.

Rockstar nails

Let us explain exactly what rockstar nails are. Rockstar nails is a nail salons way of describing a gel polish or Shellac with glitter pressed all over the nail to create an eye-catching sparkle that will have people asking ‘Where did you get those nails!’.

Manicure musts

If you want your nails to last, yes. It’s absolutely vital that all our customers receive a file, shape and cuticle removal before their Shellac nails are applied.

The file and shape are necessary to get a neat finish and to get the shape you like best e.g. square, round, oval, square with a rounded edge. Cuticle removal is absolutely necessary too. Not only does tidy cuticles neaten and lengthen your nail bed, but the leftover cuticle also will not allow the Shellac polish to properly stick to your nail, causing the gel polish to lift and peel.

Genuine Shellac

You can get Shellac nails in almost any salon, but is it really genuine Shellac? Shellac nails are usually at least twice the price of a normal nail salon manicure due to their glossy shine and because you can leave the salon chip-free for more than 2 weeks. As the saying goes “cheap nails ain’t nice” and ‘nice nails ain’t cheap’ therefore when you are paying your local nail salon to use a premium product like Shellac, you deserve to have that product applied.

Non-genuine products are not hypo-allergenic, nor are they fully tested for dangerous ingredients. This means that your local nail salon could be putting you in danger of allergic reactions. Non-genuine products do not have the same ‘make-up’ or ingredients as more expensive, authentic Shellac products which will result in poor service e.g. chipping nails etc.

Gel, Shellac and Acrylic nails 

Shellac and gel polish are very similar and are applied like a normal polish onto the natural nail which is then cured in a UV or LED lamp at your nail salon. Length is not added to the natural nail with a gel polish or Shellac nail treatment. However, acrylic or gel nail extensions are used by your nail technician to add length to your natural nails.

Vegan friendly

Yes, Shellac nail polish is fine for vegans to use. Shellac used for woodwork used to be made from beetle resin, but now the word Shellac is used to describe anything that has the appearance of something hard and shiny.

Buying CND Shellac polish

CND Shellac polish can only be purchased from Sweet Squared if you have a qualification in gel nail application.

Lasting power 

Shellac usually lasts between 2-4 weeks if you take care of them.


How much Shellac nails cost will depend on the type of salon you attend and its location. Shellac nails usually cost anywhere between £25-£50.


Shellac should only be applied by a professional nail technician who is trained in the correct application process and is aware of salon health and safety best practices.

If you are curious about learning how to perform nail treatments, get in touch with the company itself to find a training centre to teach you the skills to do Shellac nails.

Vinylux; CND’s not-so-ordinary nail polish

Have you ever wanted an alternative to shellac nails? Well, CND has a ‘normal’ nail polish range called ‘Vinylux’.