There is something about having well tended, pretty nails isnt there? One of my favourite treatments to have at a salon is a manicure, it just makes me feel all posh! It feels so indulgent to have someone do your nails. If you have read my blog for a little while, you may know that up until recently I was the owner of a beauty salon, so was lucky that if I wanted colour on my nails, Id bribe/beg/plead with one of the girls to do a long lasting, shellac/gel polish paint for me. Sorted.
Now I don’t have that luxury, I paint my own nails, so I thought I would share with you my findings with one of the new kids on the block in the long wear nail polish stakes. Doing my own nails dosent worry me, its not something I do loads but when I do, I quite like sitting and giving myself a manicure. Where I do get frustrated however, is when I paint my nails, take my time getting them perfect, sit as still as a mannequin for a minimum of a gazillion hours, to have them chip the very next day. Now, you might think that I obviously go and do my gardening using my fingers to dig the weeds? No. Ah then I must open every can of beans in my cupboard using my nails to prize open the tin? Nope, not that either. They literally just chip! It drives me nuts!
When I saw the nail brand OPI had brought out a 10 day wear polish, I figured it was worth a go. The brand claims that the Infinite Shine Gel Lacquer stays high shine and chip proof for 10 days. I bought myself a pale, pretty pink called “It’s A Girl”. I chose a light colour as I thought it was a safer option if it did chip. It wouldnt show as much.
There are three steps to the range, base coat/primer, colour coat and top coat. Personally, I didnt use the base coat, (I just used a base coat I had) but I did use the top coat as apparently thats a vital step in keeping this OPI colour chip proof. I applied base coat, two coats of colour, then the top coat. I did let each coat dry in between for a couple of minutes.
I am so happy to report that this polish really did live up to its claims. It rocks! The photo above is 10 days after application. There is one tiny, minute chip on my right index finger, and my nails have grown (my nails grow overnight I swear) so there is a tiny line of nude nail around the bottom of the nail. Other than that, they are almost perfect, and I removed the polish after 12 days as they just looked a little dull and scruffy. In fact, I was so impressed that I purchased a further two colours. A beautiful red called “Dutch Tulips” and a summery pink called “Strawberry Margarita”. I am going to re-do my nails tonight and feel confident to go with one of the bolder colours now I know they dont chip. I HATE chipped nails.
I bought my polishes from a local salon (I always try to support small businesses, I know how grateful I was when I had my business) and they were on offer for 3 for £30,so I would recommend trying your local salons first, but if not you can buy all colours here.
I think all 3 of these shades will see me through the warmer months do you? What polishes have you found that last well? Id love to hear of any good finds you may have come across?