What is Shellac?
‘Shellac’ is a particular formulation of Polish that goes on like a regular nail polish and can be applied directly to natural nails but once it is cured/set under the UV/LED Lamp, it hardens and behaves like an acrylic nail so along with long lasting colour, it can also increase the strength and durability of your nails.
It works because the UV light heats the Shellac molecules and causes them to polymerise and solidify.
A Shellac manicure can last up to 14-21 days or more once the Aftercare Advice is followed to avoid degradation by chemicals (e.g Cleaning Products) or your environment (e.g Chlorine in a swimming pool may cause discoloration of paler colours).
Does Shellac Gel Polish damage your nails?
The short answer is NO!
Shellac Gel Polishes are porous even when cured so your nails will continue to grow as normal, if not in even better condition due to the added protection of the gel layer.
Where damage can occur is during the gel removal process and it is usually caused by heavy handedness at scrapping the resin from the nail plate. As discussed in our Application Guide, you should never remove the gel polish with a metal cuticle pusher & should always re-soak stubborn product that can’t be flaked off with a cuticle stick. Nails that have come into contact with liquid are highly susceptible to damage for up to an hour.
Also, NEVER pick off your Shellac Gel Polish- it may seem harmless but the polish may take layers of your natural nail with it as you pick!
CHEMICAL COMPOSITON QUERIES
Contrary to a lot of the information provided by other brands, practically all modern nail polishes are 7-Free as the majority of those ingredients are simply not used in modern polish manufacturing anymore.
3-Free in particular is common across all Gel Polishes we’re aware of as they were the ingredients that set in the air in regular nail varnish whereas the Shellac base is Cellulose fibres in the form of acetate butyrate/butyl acetate.
With Shellac Gel Polishes, there are ingredients that may cause sensitivity at high concentrations if they come into contact with the skin or if an individual has an allergy to a particular ingredient. All care should be taken to avoid the skin when applying just to be on the safe side.
3-Free does not contain: Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Toluene.
5-Free does not contain the above or Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor.
7-Free does not contain the above or Ethyl Tosylamide or Andxylene
Our polish Does Not contain any of the above chemicals.
Our products are trialed and tested on colour charts/practice fingers/hands or humans- not animals.
Please contact us for a copy of the MSDS Ingredients List to clarify if you fear you may be allergic to a particular ingredient common across Gel Polish brands.
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Polishes and other items are generally shipped unboxed to cut down on both waste and final cost price to the customer. We feel passionately that it’s what’s inside the bottle that counts, not the addition of colourful packaging and have received positive feedback from our customers who seem to agree!
-We currently only sell Online & Ship within the Island of Ireland (ROI & NI). Due to insurance liability, customers are not permitted on site to collect products, all items must be shipped out.
-Shipping is free with every spend of €30 & over- this consists of Standard Post with ‘An Post’ (€3.50 if order total is under €30. €5.95 for Registered Post with Tracking. Express Next Day Delivery is Optional at an additional charge of €10.00 but orders need to be in by 11am to guarantee same day shipping)
-We strive to get all orders out for same day shipping, same day guaranteed once they are received by approx. 11am (any orders received after 11am on Fridays will be shipped on Monday afternoon or on the next business day in the case of Public Holidays).
-Orders are generally received by post within 1-2 working days, depending on your area or how busy the post office are, it can take 3-5 working days. If you have not received your order after 5 working days, please contact us & we will work fast to resolve the matter. If your order is returned to us without being delivered, we will contact you before we proceed.
-All orders are currently shipped with ‘An Post’ and Fastway.
-Starter Kits & Orders over 500g are automatically eligible for Track & Trace Shipping at no extra charge.
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-All unused, undamaged products can be returned. As with all online sales, you are entitled to a 14 day Cooling Off Period from the date of receiving your order.
-In the case of a customer changing their mind about an item, they will be liable for the shipping costs. In the case of a faulty item, Ice Beauty Ireland will cover the cost of shipping. (Keep in mind the colour disclaimer if colours do not appear as they did on your screen/monitor- in this case it is also considered as the customer changing their minds)
-Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a refund before shipping the items so that we know to expect the package. Customers can request a refund or replacement items. Please ensure contents are well packed to avoid damage during shipping. Refunds/replacements will be issued once items have been received back, inspected & deemed eligible.
-All returns should be sent to
Ice Beauty Ireland
Unit 10 Barrowmills