How Do I Get the Shellac Product Off My Nails?

By Kristin N. Fitzgerald

Creative Nail Design, or CND, introduced their Shellac product in May 2010. The company spent five years creating the "first hybrid nail color," a cross between a UV gel and regular polish. While Shellac prevents the scratches, chips and smudges common to ordinary nail polishes, it does require a special removal process.


Pour about 1/2 cup of acetone into the bowl.

Place the cotton pads into the acetone and allow them to soak for about 20 seconds.

Place a soaked cotton pad directly on the nail and wrap tightly with the aluminum foil. Repeat with each nail.

Keep the nails wrapped for at least 10 minutes.

Remove the aluminum foil and the cotton pad. Remove any remaining gel by gently rubbing it off with an orange stick.