Here is the ugly truth about the shellac polish experience – while your nails look absolutely stunning while the polish is on, and they don’t chip and they are glossy and strong…when the polish comes off your nails are ruined. I am so grumpy because all the info you read online says that it doesn’t ruin your nails. I have always had beautiful strong healthy nails. They don’t break easily, they don’t split, they are in pretty perfect shape and I do absolutely nothing to keep them that way other than some Kiehl’s hand salve once a day. Once the polish came off my nails looked alright, but they seemed quite dry. They felt very weak but I assumed in a couple of days they would be back to normal. It has been about a month and my nails break all the time, they are all super short because any growth causes a crack or split or break. Big sigh! I know they will get back to normal eventually but I have definitely learned my lesson – no more shellac!!!