Best, non-chipping nailpolish?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Have you tried gel nails which are cured under UV light such as Shellac or Gellish?

Post # 4
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641 posts
Busy bee

All the brands work for me, because I sandwich them between my two favorite products: pink gel coat as a base (which also allegedly helps strengthen my nails. They are strong as hell.) and Seche Vite as a top coat, which is smooth and slick and amazing. I rarely have chipping issues. Usually, I take my polish off because it has grown out at the cuticle over the week and looks shoddy. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Sally Hansen sells a gel manicure kit but I found that ridiculously hard to apply. To get the best results, head to your salon. They can apply Shellac and other gel polish options amazingly well.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I’m going to dissent with PP here – (in terms of durability) Seche Vite does not work for me at all!  I mean, I LOVE how quickly it dries but it also chips the very next day, usually.

The most durable combination I’ve found, besides Shellac (which is great but is annoying and damaging to remove, and not a budget option), is OPI Natural Nails Base Coat + OPI nail polish of your choice + TWO coats of OPI top coat.  You’ve got to apply your manicure to dry nails – no contact with water for at least an hour before your mani – and to swipe them with alchohol before you start.  And the main trick that makes the biggest difference, I find, is to make sure you wait until every single layer (after the base coat) is perfectly dry before you apply the next one.  If you have the time, that means waiting half an hour between coats – 20 minutes is sometimes enough but a full half hour is the best bet.  So the sequence goes something like this:

1.) base coat
2.) (you can apply your first layer of colour immediately) 1st layer of polish
3.) wait 30 mins & apply 2nd coat of polish
4.) wait 30 mins & apply 1st coat of top coat
5.) wait 30 mins & apply 2nd coat of top coat

Yes, we’re looking at a 2 hour manicure!  But if you set aside some time for it, it will really pay off.

OPI’s top coat, applied this way, seems to last the longest for me – and using products all of the same line usually yields the best result.  However, if you’re really on a budget, Revlon’s Quick Dry (Fast Drying?) Top Coat – two coats of it – works well too, just not as strong as OPI.

I’ve also heard great things about Orly’s Rubberized Base Coat – it’s supposed to make polish adhere very well – but I still haven’t tried mine yet. 😛 Plus I don’t have very good experiences with Orly top coats.

Experiment with different combos & have fun trying! 😀

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

@alicroo86:  You can buy Shellac-like products from stores but in my experience, they are not salon-quality – you’re better off just going to the salon, which depending where you are, costs about $35 to apply and about $10 to take off.  If you’re thinking of using Shellac at home long term, you may find that it’s worth the investment – usually over $100 for the LED lamp and $15-20 per bottle of colour or base/top coats.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@alicroo86:  OPI or Essie with a basecoat & topcoat! If I dont use either my nails chip within a day or so! 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Chanel Le Vernis seems to be doing the trick for me, even when I don’t put on any top or base coats! And they are always very easy to apply. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

@ChicFoodist:  Totally agree on the Seche Vite. It worked a few times and then majorly shrank my polish! I use the Revlon Extra Life Top Coat and I like it much better, plus it’s about half the cost.

Post # 13
Hostess
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I personally love the Seche Vite top coat.

Dry nails that are wiped with alcohol is key – my sister works at a salon and she said that’s the biggest trick.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

gel slides off my nails.  it is not worth the cost to me.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@LilRhodyGem:  I have a Sally Hansen gel kit and I LOVE IT!!!! What do you have trouble with?

 

OP – I think the kit costs about $60 and you get one color with it, and then you can buy more colors (I think they cost $12). It did take me a couple tries to get used to it, but now I absolutely LOVE it and do my nails all the time by myself. The key is you have to be really neat about it, you have to make sure there is NO polish on your skin or it dries under the LED light and is stuck to your skin. Mine usually lasts about 7-10 days which is awesome and I looooove that it is dry right away and I don’t have to wait. 

Here’s a link: http://sallyhansen.com/products/nails/gel-nail-color/salon-gel-polish-starter-kit

 

I’ve never used a regular polish that didn’t chip right away.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@weatherbug:  I’ve never used that kit. The one I was speaking of had a small gel color and an activator I believe. It was less than $10.

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