No-Chip Color Block Gelish Nails

by Kortney Campbell on March 22, 2012

Do you ever polish your nails just to have them chip the very next day? Or even worse –  smudge before they dry? I love having painted nails but the polish would never stay on for too long since I have my hands in wet hair & chemicals all day long.

However, I’ve found a solution that will keep polish on for 2 weeks! It’s called gelish and is similar to CND’s shellac but has way more colors. I have been wearing this stuff for over a year now and I am obsessed.

I was feeling the need for spring nails (since it’s already in the 80‘s here), so I told my nail tech that I wanted a color block design and this is what we came up with. The bottom color pictured is “Forver Beauty” and “Tiger Blossom” is on the top. If you want to recreate the look at home try this tutorial from cherry blossom girl. Just move the sticker up a little bit to get more of a half & half look.

If you’re looking for someone who does shellac in the st. Pete/ Tampa area try Sheena or Carolyn at Privee Sanctuary Salon and Spa (where I work, too!). The number is 727.785.3888.

Love & Vegan Cupcakes,

About Kortney Campbell

I'm Kortney; a wife, natural mama and vegan in love with life, food and all things vintage! I've been vegan since December 2007, but have loved to cook & create pretty things since before I can remember. I started Vegan Housewives because I don't think you have to give up the joys of food when going vegan! I have a fondness for re-creating non-vegan recipes (especially my grandma's), making a healthier & animal friendly version so be sure to send me your favorite concoctions by clicking our "share a recipe" button - I would LOVE to veg-i-fy them!

  • { 16 comments… read them below or add one }

    Olivia March 28, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I was just wondering if the Gelish nails are vegan as Shellac isn’t, and I can’t seem to find reliable information online! Thanks a million!


    VeganHousewives March 29, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Hi Olivia! I did a little research & I can’t find any evidence that Gelish uses the same lac “secretions” from the Lac Bug the way Shellac does. However, while I want to say they don’t use Shellac’s “secret ingredient”, I have not been able to find an accurate list of ingredients yet. I did however find some issues with the chemicals used & it doesn’t seem that either Shellac or Gelish are safe to use during pregnancy, so I will be holding off on trying it out as well! I’ll continue to research it & keep you updated here on the blog. Thanks so much for reading! XO-Kortney


    chihuahua-lover May 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    im sure you will be interested to learn that some of the ingredients in gelish have been tested on animals, this information has come via a nail harmony educator


    VeganHousewives May 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Oh no! We searched & searched for more information when we heard shellac wasn’t vegan, but couldn’t find anything. Did he or she give you any details or places we could go to research?


    ariix June 4, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I thought I read that CND Shellac doesn’t contain actual shellac (or any other animal product), that’s just the name they gave the product? Never used it myself, but I’m curious about it and I’m sure I read that somewhere…


    VeganHousewives June 4, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    All we could find was that it does, so we didn’t want to risk it. If it doesn’t though, that’s really awesome!


    ariix June 4, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I found the ingredients list partway down the comments on this FAQ page:


    ariix June 4, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    And the chemical name for shellac on this page (was going to just copy-paste the name but I’m on my phone and it won’t let me…)
    Looks like it’s not in the ingredients list :)
    Although with all the unfamiliar chemical names in the list, I guess writing to CND to check if anything is animal derived would still be a good idea.. looks promising though! :)


    ariix June 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Now that I think of it, there’s always Nubar’s Gelicure soak off gels, those would definitely be vegan friendly since Nubar makes a point of stating on their website that their products are! I think if I try gel polish I’ll try theirs… :)


    Mat O'Marah September 3, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Just to clarify the name Shellac for the CND polish is just a brand name. The products do not contain it as an ingredient, the name was derived from the principle of using the old style shellac as a hard shiny polish.

    CND Shellac is not tested on animals, Gelish however is. If you research the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) you can see there is no mention of animal testing for Shellac, while there is for Gelish from Nail Harmoney unfortunately.



    VeganHousewives September 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Hey Mat, we definitely appreciate the feedback and clarification. From everything we found online (which was quite limited), it seemed to be the exact opposite and that the Shellac bug secretions were in fact used in Shellac, but not Gellish. However, seeing as we now have information saying the opposite, I think we’ll be staying away from both products just to be safe! No need to risk it!


    Brenda Basom January 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Are IBD nail products vegan and non animal testing? Thank you Debbie


    Terri May 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Nail harmony have released a statement confirming that none of their products have been tested on animals since 2004.


    VeganHousewives May 28, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks so much, Terri! That is awesome!


    LifeOfBun November 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Hi! I just landed on your website via Google and was wondering if you know what gel nail brands haven’t been tested on animals? It’s been a long time since I had my nails done and i’d love to go to a salon again! Back then I wasn’t aware of animal testing and didn’t focus on what they were using at all.


    Kortney Campbell November 25, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks so much for stopping by! There has been some amazing feedback in the comments on here definitely worth checking out if you’re debating gellish. I think the conclusion was that Nail Harmony & Nubar are both vegan/don’t animal test :)


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