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Review: Shellac at SugarDolls in A¦Wear Grafton St

A long-lasting nail colour is your only man(icure) if, like me, you’re just not skilled at the art of DIY.

Tue, Jul 16, 2013, 07:30


You may find it hard to believe, but there are several things in this life that I am really, truly, no good at. Photograph-taking, for example (see above). Team sports. Painting my own nails (although I am, frustratingly, good at painting other peoples’ nails).

As a result, my nails are pretty much only painted when someone else does it – or when I have super-long talons that are super-easy to paint. So I was pretty much a sure thing when the folks at A¦Wear got in touch to say that their Grafton St store had opened a brand-new nail salon, and, y’know, would I like to try it.

It was the weekend of a wedding, and as bridesmaid I was wearing royal blue, with coral shoes – so a bright, coral shade was my poison, called “In Tropics”. I had selected a three-week manicure as my treatment, but what I got was what I’d call a mini-manicure: my nails were filed, buffed and shaped and cuticles trimmed (my fave!) but there was no soaking involved.

In truth, I don’t mind – my nails looked great afterwards, and the colour has lasted about 10 days. It would have lasted a lot longer if I didn’t keep getting my hair caught up under the bottoms (anyone else have this problem?).

A Shellac manicure costs €xx at SugarDolls Nail Bar in A¦Wear on Grafton St. I was a guest of A¦Wear.