CND Shellac Luxe: The Future Of Gel Polish
If you’ve eschewed gel manicures to avoid soak-off time and potential nail damage, CND’s newest 14-day UV polish formula is aimed directly at you. Take your professional gel polish service one step further with CND Shellac Luxe, leaving nails looking shining all the time and healthy after removal. CND’s data revealed that women who don’t go for gel polish worry that the process will cause nail damage, and b) they don’t want to sit around waiting for the gel to soak off. (There may also be a contingent that still worries about the UV exposure, but sunscreen on your hands will take care of that.
1. What is CND Shellac Luxe?
CND Shellac Luxe is 2-STEP gel polish system that is ready to be removed in 60 SECONDS. After their new launch of the CND Shellac Luxe line, CND claimed that this would be a game changer in the nail polish industry. To be completely honest, after trying it on myself and for a few regular customers, I have to say that I’m a believer. CND made a statement that their luxe line will take 15 minutes off of your salon time. A bold statement but again, it couldn’t be any more valid. I’ve come up with a few reasons as to why I think this line is the future of flawless nails.
2. CND Shellac Luxe colours and the most popular ones
CND Shellac Luxe is making it even harder for my clients to choose their colour after the launch. With the 65 plus shades that this company already boasts about, the luxe line has introduced 15 more. At the salon, I noticed that shades Grace, Femme Fatale and Aurora are some of the instant favourites among clients. They’ve also recently launched some more new exclusive colours which plan to showcase at the salon. Ladies, the decision making for your new colour is about to get tougher!
Here are the most popular colours my clients ask for:
- CND Shellac Luxe Temptation
- CND Shellac Luxe Liberte
- CND Shellac Luxe Ice Bar
- CND Shellac Luxe Chandelier
- CND Shellac Luxe Blue
- CND Shellac Luxe Beau
CND™ VINYLUX™ & CND™ SHELLAC LUXE™ NOW HAVE THE PERFECT COLOR MATCH
New in April-May 2019 CND™ VINYLUX™ long wear polish is now formulated to complement our brand new CND™ SHELLAC LUXE™ gel polish shades.
3. How my employees are applying CND Shellac Luxe
The application of this beautiful polish hardly takes any time at all. And as the CND co-founder so wisely said at the launch, “Time is the new luxury for your clients.”
We couldn’t agree more. The two-step application is the most comfortable gel application the nail industry has seen in a while. A simple first coat of color and a top coat is all that’s needed for new shiny nails. The fact that the nail polish looks flawless is just the cherry on top.
Learn more about the differences between CND Shellac Luxe and CND Original Shellac
4. How is CND Shellac Luxe benefitting my salon
Okay, this one for all those hard working ladies who get their nails done in the lunchtime. Isn’t that good news? CND Shellac Luxe doesn’t need the UV lamp or a base coat. All we do with this two-step simple gel polish application is the colour coat and the top coat. But we’ve honestly never seen such great results all without the use of the lamp and base coat. Since it’s a smooth application and practically takes off 15 minutes from your salon time, it benefits the salon too. We can get through colliers faster and easier.
5. What are my salon customers saying about CND Shellac Luxe
My salon customers have all kind words for this revolutionary product. “It’s essentially targeted at the population that is desperately seeing non-damaging products for their nails. And I’ve got to say, they’ve done a splendid job with their all-new CND Shellac Luxe line,” says one of my customers. We’ve all been through the tinfoil removal technique wondering how much longer it’s going to take. The CND shellac Luxe boasts of 60 seconds removal time. The new formula has some microbes that soak in the remover faster. This ensures a quick and easy removal process. Removers are tough on your nails. We all know that. We’ve seen the horror show our nails look like sometimes after a removal. CND shellac Luxe allows you to reduce the amount of time you’re in contact with the remover.
6. CND Shellac Luxe Application
Part of reducing the salon service time is that Shellac Luxe is a two-step system, colour + top coat. Nope, no base – “the colour coat is self-adhering,” explained Jan. “It’s very much like putting a cashmere cushion on your nail to protect it. When you think about your nails, you’re in and out of the water, you’re in and out of the heat and air conditioning, so your nail plate expands and contracts. So we wanted to create a colour coat that would give and move and flex with the nail plate.”
CND Shellac Luxe consists of 65 shades, including these 15 that are exclusive to the collection
After shaping the nails, the manicurist dehydrates them temporarily by wiping them thoroughly with something called Scrubfresh. After that, she applies a thin coat of colour and cures it for one minute under an LED UV light. With that UV exposure, “the self-adhering polymers wrap tightly to the keratin and it will hold tight for 14 days,” said Jan. The second coat of colour follows, then the CND Shellac Luxe Top Coat and you’re done, hopefully for at least 14 days.
Wear still depends on application technique, your chemistry and how you use your hands. It might also depend on the top coat – you can choose Shellac Duraforce if you need strength, or Shellac Xpress Topcoat if you prefer.
7. CND Shellac Luxe Removal
To get the removal down to a scant 60 seconds, CND chemists increased the spacing in the cross-linked structure of the formula to allow acetone to get in and loosen the top coat and colour. Any remaining residue can be pushed off the nail with an orange stick or nail brush. You want to watch the following video to see how crazy easy it is!
If you’re a Shellac gel polish fan, would you switch to the new Luxe version? Well, maybe you will not, but you’re sure going to want to try Shellac Luxe just to experience that nifty 60-second soak off.
If you’re already a Vinylux devotée, why would you switch to Shellac Luxe? Maybe to eliminate the chance that you might smear your mani before the colour is dry? (Before 2010, one of my beauty-director friends used to mess her fresh mani right there at the salon every single time because she couldn’t flip through magazines while impatiently waiting for her polish to dry.
And yes, Shellac Luxe is a professional system intended for salon use. But if you’ve already got yourself the right UV LED light – CND-branded because then you know it’ll cure the formula properly so there’s no risk of a reaction – and you’ve studied the application process and technique from across the table from your favourite technician, you can do it yourself. And one more time: it. soaks. off. in. 60. seconds.
Shellac Luxe Resources
Learn more at CND Shellac Luxe website or view the videos below to get details about product features and other useful information.
CND Shellac LUXE Full Color Palette