Friday, November 2, 2012

Artistic Nail Gloss manicure at Shavata Nail Bar Harvey Nichols

For the next couple of weeks, if you meet me, fully expect me to talk a lot with my hands as I have the most beautiful, shiny, glossy, strong, did I say beautiful, nails.

Brow guru Shavata has brought a new 2-3 week soak off gel polish treatment called Artistic Nail Gloss to us here in Ireland.  With a reputation as being The Business when it comes to brows, Shavata has extended her brow bar in Harvey Nichols Dundrum and now has a nail bar, offering both regular manicures and the very intriguing Artistic Nail Gloss.

I was invited to try out the new Artistic Nail Colour Manicure last week and after doing a bit of research online, I poddled along, a weeny bit nervous.  See, I've never had acrylics, gels, Shellac and don't even like the feeling of press on nails on my own talons.  I have this weird aversion when it comes to sticking things on my nails that feel fake and make my nails feel thicker.

After agreeing to try it out, my worry set in.  What colour was I going to pick?  I change my nail colour every 2-3 days and you might notice than when I review a polish, I never comment on the longevity as I've already removed it before it has a chance to chip.  So a manicure that was going to last 2-3 weeks needed a lot of thought.  For moi anyway.  I had it in my noggin to try a red one and I had a look at the 23 shades on offer and picked out this beauty, Foxy.

I wondered what the differences between this and Shellac were, so Karla the counter manager and nail artiste extraordinare was on hand to talk me through it as I studied how she was applying it all.  She applied a PH oil, a base coat and then put the teeniest amount of the Foxy polish along the tip of each nail before applying a thin coat of the gorgeous red shade.  Between each coat, I put my hands under the LED lamp for 30 seconds.  We did this three times before applying a top coat and that was it!  I was able to put my hands in my pockets and handbag as my beautiful nails were completely dry.

The main differences between Shellac and Artistic Nail Gloss are:

  • Shellac uses a UV lamp to cure the gel whereas Artistic Nail Gloss uses an LED lamp.
  • The curing time with the Shellac manicure is 2 minutes per coat whereas it's 30 seconds with Artistic Nail Gloss.
  • Artistic Nail Gloss is thinner in texture and finish compared to Shellac.
You can paint over the manicure but make sure to use an acetone free nail polish remover.  And you can soak it off yourself at home with acetone or head back in to Shavata's nail bar to have it removed.

Lads, they had told me I was going to be hooked and I kind of thought "Hmm, it'll take a lot to hook me", but I can 100% say that I am completely hooked.  Hooked like an actual fish.  With gorgeous nails.  I can't stop looking at them and over a week on now, they're still perfect, not a chip to be seen.  My nails feel stronger already and everyone I've forced to look at my nails up close and personal loves them.  So basically, my fears regarding having thick, fake looking nails were completely unfounded.  I am a gobshite.  My nails just feel like I've polish on them and a coat of Seche Vite.  I'll be going back to get them soaked off and will be getting it done again before I head away on holidays.

This is the thing.  It's coming up to Christmas.  That means nights out and parties.  A manicure like this will take the hassle out of worrying about my nails and so I fully expect to be wearing this throughout the holiday season and I'm told there's glittery shades too!

Ob. Sessed.

The Artistic Colour Gloss manicure costs €35 and is well worth it in my opinion.  I'm already thinking about what colour I'll be trying next!


  1. That's a lovely colour Karen, vampy and cute at the same time!

  2. I can count the number of manicures I've had on one hand, I think. I usually just do it myself. But I have to say that yours looks really good! Great color, and I love the glossy finish.

  3. It's so pretty! I love Shellac and other two week polishes, but my nails grow too quickly to get the full 2 weeks from them.

  4. No way €35?! I paid 55 in Mink for the Artistic Gloss last May. Does the €35 include work on the cuticles?

  5. Looks great Karen, I'm a big fan of 2 week manis as well - will give this a try the shade is really lovely.


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