Another "gel manicure" hack to try. Clean, dry nails + 1 coat of Sally Hansen Hard as Wraps Powerful Acrylic Gel (let it dry completely!) + polish of your choice coats did the trick) + 1 coat of Sally Hansen No Chip Acrylic Top Coat = Shellac fake-out!
Thinking about trying the matte look. Weeks ago I pinned an image of matte gray nails. The gray was classic, but the matte finish was unconventional. I was totally into it! A short time later I came across Essie 'Matte About You Fin.