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!
On week 2 and still no chips! Use 1 coat of the Nutra Nail Activator, 1 coat of Essie 3 way glaze, 2 coats polish (I used OPI You Don't Know Jacques), 1 coat Essie 3 way glaze again as a top coat. I will warn you that dry time is longer but so worth it!