Post # 1
Hey Bees! Just wondering what kind of nail polish you find to be the most durable? I’ve used anything from E.L.F to Sally Hansen to OPI and they all seem to be chipping within a day, even when I’m not doing much work! My nails are in fantastic condition and I’m on a budget so I prefer to do them myself for the wedding (probably going to do a nude pink that’s NOT sheer as I’m trying to cover a nasty bruise under one of my nails from when I smashed and broke the tip of my finger 3 weeks ago – ouch.) Thanks for any suggestions! 🙂
Post # 3
Have you tried gel nails which are cured under UV light such as Shellac or Gellish?
Post # 4
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 # 6
@LilRhodyGem: Can I buy Shellac nailpolish or is that something I have to go to the salon for? (Notice how clueless I am about nails? lol)
Post # 7
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
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
@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
@alicroo86: OPI or Essie with a basecoat & topcoat! If I dont use either my nails chip within a day or so!
Post # 11
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
@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
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
gel slides off my nails. it is not worth the cost to me.
Post # 15
@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
@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.