I have long been a lover of nail polish.
The thing that always frustrated me is chipped nails. So much so that I actually keep nail polish remover in my drawer at work (next to my punch and stapler!) so I can fix my nails immediately.
One day I was at Clicks and happened to see a new nail polish range. I happened to say to the sales assistant, “does this stuff work or does it chip too?”
And she said, “well, any nail polish works better if you use a top coat“.
This was news to me but I bought a bottle and used it together with my new polish and it worked very well.
Since then (a good 2 years or so), I’ve always used a top coat and in so doing, perfected a method that works really well.
- Base coat
- 2 coats of colour
- Top coat
My favourite nail colour range is Rimmel Salon Pro Lycra followed closely by Essence (not Essie). If you have no patience to let the coats dry, many brands have quick-dry polish (I don’t like the smell of those but you’re welcome to try). Alternatively, Essence makes quick dry drops which I use for Kendra (my 6-year-old)’s nails.
I’ve used all sorts of base coats – it doesn’t seem to matter which one you use – I’m currently using the Essence one.
However, my absolute favourite top coat is Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat. This was R99 and was completely worth it for me (I don’t normally splurge on this kind of thing) as your nails are then indeed chip-proof and super shiny.
The longest I’ve kept a nail colour has been 7 days. That was only due to my own personal boredom threshold and doesn’t mean the polish chipped or anything like that. Apparently it should last for about 10 days if you can manage to stare at the same colour on your nails that long 🙂
My bottle of top coat is nearly done so I went to replace it. I couldn’t find the exact one so I bought Sally Hansen’s Big Shiny Top Coat…. and a few weeks later, the Essence one. The top coats seem to go thick about half way through the bottle – I squirt a few drops of nail polish remover into the bottle, shake it up and it’s good again.
That, right there, are all my nail polish tricks 🙂
Tell me your favourite tricks. What works for you? Which are your favourite brands? And how long can you keep a colour before you get bored?