CND Shellac Hotski to Tchotchke

I finally tried CND Shellac gel polish for the first time.  I chose this bright teal blue color from the lot that I recently purchased called Hotski to Tchotchke.  Teal is my favorite color so naturally I was drawn to it and had to try it before all the others.  I love the color and the gorgeous glowy shimmer!  I wore this on its own for 2 days and then decided to punch it up with a lightning bolt stamp.  I used Konad black polish and Bundle Monster stamping plate BM305.

I also tried the Shellac base and top coat for the first time.  The base is much thinner than Gelish and I only used the top coat on one finger because I didn’t care for the consistency.  I immediately grabbed for my Gelish and finished the rest of my nails off with it.  The one finger that had the Shellac top coat has a chip already.  Hmm.  My nails also don’t feel as strong as they do when I wear Gelish, and then there’s the fact that Shellac only cures in a UV light which takes more time.  So my opinion of Shellac is… eh, it’s so-so.  I love the color, but I’ll stick with my Gelish foundation and top coat.

Edit/Update:  The soak-off was super easy using the Shellac base coat and color, so that’s a plus.  I only soaked for 5 minutes and the polish rubbed right off with ease using an orange stick.

CND Shellac Hotski to Tchotchke w/ Lighning Bolt StampCND Shellac Hotski to TchotchkeCND Shellac Hotski to Tchotchke


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12 Responses

  1. cjs1948 says:

    Shellac cures quite nicely under an OPI led light. I use Shellac base for all brands and have found GIA to be the best/easiest topcoat.

  2. Denise coffey says:

    Cant agree with you more. i love the shellac colours and their consistency however as soon as i tried the gelish base and top coat, my shellac base/top coats got put to the bottom of the drawer and are still there. In my opinion gelish base and top coat especially are a lot more durable.

  3. Anutka says:

    Wowie! That is so bright! I love the stamping. Lightning bolts go so perfectly with the color :)

  4. Caperella says:

    Shellac is a power polish, not a gel polish. Gelish is a gel polish. This is why Gelish feels “harder” or “stronger” on the nails.

    • Jenn says:

      What does that mean, exactly? I think “power polish” is a marketing term CND coined for its gel polish…to make it seem different. Feeling harder or stronger is just a result of different formulas. But both are gels that require curing under light.

      • Andrea says:

        I agree. It’s all the same to me. It’s a soak-off polish that cures with UV technology so I’ll continue to call it a SOG :)

  5. Natalie says:

    I love love this color! I totally agree with on the Gelish top and base coat. I just really love the pigments in Shellac colors-I wish they would get more of a variety. Gelish isn’t really coming up with anything new, just variations of the colors they already have.

    • Natalie says:

      That didn’t make sense—what I meant to say is I love the colors that Shellac offers…and I wish Gelish would offer more new colors instead of variations of what they already have. I’d like to see something different.

      • Andrea says:

        I knew what you meant. :) I agree that the latest collections have been variations of existing colors and would love to see some new shades.

  6. Mal immons says:

    Lovely Andrea! What did you think of the one step SOG? you tried it yet? Was it called Laquit, i think? I’m still Buying my way through the whole collection of Gelish!!!! Slight addiction, like yourself….oh! Sigh…. :( xx

    • Mal Timmons says:

      That was Mal Timmons….not immons….only had one Vodka!

    • Andrea says:

      I like the one-step polish – it’s very convenient if you don’t have a lot of time to do your nails. I prefer the high gloss finish that a top coat provides though, so even with those I still like to top coat them. :)