I performed a dry manicure, rounding the edges slights, pushing the cuticles with Swiss Guard and my Cuticle Pusher and removing the hang nails - her neglect of her Solar Oil is evident! I did buff the nails lightly with a 280 grit buffer as the nails are very ridged (I know you don't need too), used my Fluffy and sanitised the nails.
I applied the Shellac as directed - I only have a few colours at the moment - my client liked 'Red Baroness'. I did notice the the base coat has a very short brush in it - but it did the job, I can see it being slightly problematic when the bottle starts to run out. The product applied really easily - it really was just like polish, and I had to remind myself that we needed thin layers! The 2 minute cure time was perfect as it took me just that time to complete the hand, and I cannot believe how quick the applications was after the prep work.
The whole Shellac experience took 40 minutes and I have a great first impression. The product is very different from the Axxium SOG, so I think that I will taylor the services offered to my clients, and I do feel that Axxium SOG does offer a little more protection to the the nails, with the ability of having the overlay gel underneath. This is a great option for natural nail clients, and I can really see it taking off - my client left happy - and was pleased I charged her model prices :)
I do also have to mention the CND Shellac/Brisa lamp - I am so impressed with the usability! You can programmed the times and has a countdown screen, it is sleek looking, with a carry handle on the back, and a detachable power cable. This is great for mobile appointments! The lamp is the best I have seen and this is the third one I have - I always buy the correct lamp for the system.
Anywho - that's enough from me, I will keep you posted with how I get on with the Shellac. I am doing some more L&P training tomorrow so hope to update you with that soon!