How to Remove Shellac Nail Polish

This is the second article in a series:  CND Shellac application and removal. Read the first article about how to apply CND Shellac nail polish that you can do at home. The demonstration was done by CND Education Ambassador, Michele Huynh, who is also a nail technician at a salon at Del Mar, CA.

How to Remove Shellac Nail with Wraps


  1. Pure Acetone
  2. CND Shellac Remover Wraps
  3. Nail Wipes
  4. Wood Cuticle Stick
  5. Cuticle Oil

1. Before removal

cnd shellac rock royalty

Just want to show one of my nail sporting CND Shellac Rock Royalty before removal. This was 2 coats.

2. Wrap the nail with CND Shellac Remover Wraps. Make sure to saturate the cotton pad with Pure Acetone first. Then, place wrap under finger and fold the pad over nail and wrap around finger ensuring a tight, snug fit. Secure wrap with adhesive tab. The CND logo should be on top of the nail.  Leave wrap for 10 minutes.

how to remove shellac nail polish with wrap

3. Using a twisting motion, slowly pull wrap from the nail.

how to remove shellac nail polish twisting the wrap

4. This is how the nail looks after pulling the wrap. There is still a lot of residue.

how to remove shellac nail polish afterwrap

5. Gently slide off any remaining polish with an orangewood stick. Be careful not to scrape away the surface layers of the natural nail plate. Don’t use metal pusher as it will scrape the layer of the nail.

how to remove shellac nail polish orangewood stick

6. Wipe clean nail with lint-free nail wipe saturated with Acetone. Now the nail is clean and ready for another nail polish application. Or use and massage Cuticle Oil on nail if no nail polish will be applied.

how to remove shellac nail polish after removal

My nail is as clean as the others. Removal was a breeze with Shellac Remover Wraps. CND Shellac removal is best done with Shellac remover wraps. She strongly discouraged soaking nails with Acetone because it will make the nail and cuticle dry. Thus it will create problem of weak and splitting nails in the future.

If you are wondering what color she used, it was Moonlight & Roses over Asphalt. Here is her nails.


Using a pump bottle like this will minimize messy application.

Sounds easy to do? It sure is. Removing shellac nail polish is supposed to be easy. No filing, no damage to the nail bed. All CND Shellac polish, wraps and pure acetone are available at Esther’s Nail Center. Visit us for CND Shellac products, Gelish, Daisy Gel and other manicure pedicure supplies.

Acetone vs Non-Acetone Polish Remover

Q: What’s the difference between polish removers that contain acetone and those that don’t? Which is preferred?

A: Both acetone and non-acetone polish removers are solvents (which means they have the ability to dissolve other substances). The solvent acetone is never present in nail polish; non-acetone polish removers use solvents that are found in nail polish, usually a combination of solvents including butyl acetate and ethyl acetate.

As far as which is preferred, it’s really your personal preference. Acetone is stronger and takes polish off more easily, but it dries out the nails. So, if you use acetone it’s advisable to then use a cream or oil to replace the moisture. Acetone polish removers are preferred when prepping natural nails, since you want the natural oils removed at this stage of a manicure.

Non-acetone removers have an oily feel to them. They don’t dry out the nails as much. There’s also the issue of if one solvent is more harmful than another, but in my experience both, have such small concentrations and are used in such small amounts that no substantial harm is caused by either. – Faina Ritz is vice president of Duri Cosmetics.

Source: Nails Magazine November 2007.

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