Review: Putting the Indulgence Back in Getting Your Nails Done, The Salon at The Shelbourne

It wasn’t long ago when going to the salon to get your nails done was seen as superfluous beauty extravagance, saved only for big occasions or when you really wanted to treat yourself.

Nowadays, however, for many visits to the nail salon are just another appointment on a long to-do list, a chore that must be done when your nails are chipped, broken, or grown out – basically when you get to the point that you’re hiding your hands from public viewing and there’s not a hope you could include your hand in that daily coffee-cup-holding Insta-story.

That’s why it felt rather indulgent making an appointment to visit The Salon at the iconic five star Shelbourne Hotel for a manicure.

The Salon at The Shelbourne Review

Read on to see how I got on, but if you take one thing from this review it’s that The Salon at The Shelbourne is putting the indulgence back in getting your nails done and it’s about time you visited.

The Salon

While many salons go the great lengths to give a luxurious experience, The Salon at The Shelbourne makes five star service look and feel effortless.

Luxury is in The Salon’s DNA, and from the moment you climb the steps of the Georgian building and step through the modern glass doors you can practically feel the stresses of the day melt away – this was aided of course by the macarons and pink champagne that were on offer the day I visited.

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The room itself is a high-ceiled, High Victorian style dream, painted in cream and boasting an original fireplace and a crystal chandalier among its prominent features. Sunlight streams in from the tall graceful windows overlooking the Green.

The Salon at The Shelbourne makes five star service look and feel effortless.

Guests at The Salon can select from a range of premium hairdressing and beauty services including manicures, pedicures, threading, express facials (which are now done at The Shelbourne’s Spa, located within the same building) and hairstyling – their early morning Express Blowdries are extremely popular, and with a decadent pastry and a tea or coffee included, there’s little wonder.

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I’m told that manicures have taken off at The Salon when they introduced a second station to deal with Christmas rush. A temporary solution that they have since made a permanent fixture.

The Treatment

Shellac has become the go-to treatment, so much so that many people think of it as the name of a nail technique rather than a product.

Shellac is produced exclusively by CND World, so if you see a non-CND stocked salon offering ‘Shellac’ it’s most likely another two week manicure service using a different brand – FYI.

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Before CND Vinylux Manicure

The Salon at The Shelbourne recently became a CND stockist and also offer the brands ‘Vinylux’, the ‘regular’ nail polish that promises to stay chip free for 7 days.

Having built my nails up to the strongest they have ever been using this product, I love being able to change my nail colour up as I please so opted for the commitment-free Vinylux – having to visit the salon to get Shellac removed is one of the drawbacks of an otherwise game changing service.

Application of the polish struck the perfect balance between exacting and speedy. No one wants to spend all day at the salon, no matter how perfect their nails are afterwards.

Choosing from one of the new candy inspired, and very spring appropriate, CND ‘Chic Shock’ collection, I went for ‘Jellied’, a cool, chalky toned pastel yellow.

The manicurist first prepped my nails; removing my nail polish and applying CND’s Cuticle Eraser (I need a bottle of this at home!) as well as buffing and filing my nails back into their usual shape – for me this means a ‘Stiletto’ style.

Application of the polish struck the perfect balance between exacting and speedy. No one wants to spend all day at the salon, no matter how perfect their nails are afterwards.

On first application of the polish I noted a technique, which I now know to be a CND classic, whereby the manicurist drew a thin line of the polish along the tip before filling in the rest of the nail.

Not only does this help extend the life of your manicure but it also gives it a better quality finish, so even head on you don’t see your natural nail.

Two coats later she finished with a layer of CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat, a product I use at home and swear by.

The Results

To put it simply, the results were nothing short of five star.

Leaving the salon with perfectly glossy, shaped and dry (the most important factor – we’ve all been there!) nails I went on to have a week of perfect nails that have never attracted so many compliments – painting your nails a vibrant yellow certainly draws attention to your hands.

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After Before CND Vinylux Manicure

In fact today is day 7 and I’m still chip and crack free. I expect to get at least 10 days out of the manicure as it doesn’t look like it’s budging any time soon.

The Details

Price: A CND Vinylux Manicure costs €30, while Shellac cost €40 and €10 to get it removed, though I’m assured that this fee is waived if you visit the salon regularly.

Location: The Spa at The Shelbourne, 27 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Website: www.shelbournespa.ie/the-salon

Phone: +353 1 6634500

Email: spa.dubbr@theshelbournespa.com