No, it's nothing painful. It's a new manicure technique.
You can read more about it here:
Basically, they bake your nails under the blue-light box after each layer.
I had it done at The Nail Bar on the Island with some friends.
I had my shellacing on December 22nd, and today, January 7, 2011, I have NO chips. They really do still look shiny and perfect.
The only problem is that my nails have grown, and you can see my regular nails below the polish now. It's obviously time to take it off--which you can do by soaking in acetone--but they still overall look so good that it's difficult.
The shellac manicure costs more than a regular manicure, but it truly does last longer. Therefore the price makes sense to me.
So get shellaced!!
***This is not a paid advertisement. I just like my nails!***