OPI Gelcolor, Day 14
There's a noticeable difference between the CND and the OPI gel product, and for me, the Shellac wears MUCH better. There is a 'sealer' that OPI recommends nail techs put on a client's nail prior to the base coat. It is there to keep nail oils seeping through and preventing the polish from lifting.
Even with it, the gelcolor lifts and on two occasions, it lifted enough on my nails that I ended up with a naked nail or two at the end.
That said, take a close look at that naked nail. How many reports have you heard about the gel polishes destroying someone's nails? I'm here to show you that if you go to TRAINED nail tech, who is adamant about following proper procedures and instructs you in caring for a gel manicure, you will come out of the experience with better nails.
For me, I've slacked off on Katie's suggestion of using Solar Oil every day. I use it a few times a week, and it definitely makes a difference. That naked nail is stronger than my pre-Shellac nails were, so having constant gel product on my nails for almost 8 months HELPED my nails. If you're not using solar oil, consider it-or a daily liberal application of hand cream.
So, I'm contemplating only going one week with the OPI product. Yes, it maintains the shine and sparkle for two weeks, but all three rounds with it had some degree of lifting. I only had one so-so round with the Shellac out of many more.
I just wish there were more Shellac colors...