Shellac is the brand name for a hybrid nail product that is half nail polish and half nail gel. The formula is patent pending (as of 2014) and created by Creative Nail Design.
Shellac is a thin but extremely strong formula that offers the same type of coverage and ease of application as nail polish, but it provides the long-lasting and durable effects of gel nails. Shellac also provides the high-shine finish of a gel nail. Shellac nails are best suited for those who are trying to maintain natural nails. Unlike a traditional manicure, Shellac nails are cured by ultraviolet light and are completely dry in a matter of minutes instead of hours. Removing Shellac requires soaking the nails in 100 percent acetone at home for about 10 minutes.