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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.

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

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

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

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Keep the nails wrapped for at least 10 minutes.

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

Tip

You must use 100% acetone to remove gel-based polishes like Shellac. Normal polish remover will not work.

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