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Best long wearing nail polishes?

post #1 of 63
Thread Starter 
What are the best Nail polish brands?
I've heard OPI,Zoya,Essie and China glaze are good but they all get such mixed reviews.
Which are the most long wearing and what are some good top and base coats? smile.gif
post #2 of 63

Top Coat - Seche Vite

 

But as far as long lasting nailpolish - to me they are all the same... I can never get more than two days without a chip here or there.

post #3 of 63
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Originally Posted by Bella99135 View Post

What are the best Nail polish brands?
I've heard OPI,Zoya,Essie and China glaze are good but they all get such mixed reviews.
Which are the most long wearing and what are some good top and base coats? smile.gif


Those are all great brands to be honest. Usually I avoid unbranded or generic polish as they seem to chip faster. Staying power changes with factors like top and base coat used, texture of the polish (frosts, creams, metallics) and obviously lifestyle of the wearer. I find that frosts and creams stay on me much longer than a metallic or glitter polish.

 

Base coat: Seche Clear

Top coat: Seche Vite

post #4 of 63
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Originally Posted by Dalylah View Post

I find that frosts and creams stay on me much longer than a metallic or glitter polish.

 

That's interesting, since I'm exactly the opposite! My glitters stick to my nail SO well, but creams tend not to do so. 

 

As for brands, I tend to best love Deborah Lippmann and Sinful Colors (cheap, but awesome).

post #5 of 63
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Is the seche vite clear base better than the ridge filler one?
post #6 of 63
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Originally Posted by calexxia View Post

That's interesting, since I'm exactly the opposite! My glitters stick to my nail SO well, but creams tend not to do so. 

 

As for brands, I tend to best love Deborah Lippmann and Sinful Colors (cheap, but awesome).

 

Well that probably has more to do with body chemistry I am guessing. I have oily skin and nails. I tend to use Dawn dishsoap on my nails before doing them so they aren't oily, otherwise my stuff is chipping and peeling that same day.

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Is the seche vite clear base better than the ridge filler one?

I am not sure if it better. Frequently the ridge fillers are opague which occasionally changes the way my polish looks. The Seche Clear base seems to work best in conjunction with the Seche Vite as they are made to match.

post #7 of 63
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Originally Posted by Dalylah View Post

 

Well that probably has more to do with body chemistry I am guessing. I have oily skin and nails. I tend to use Dawn dishsoap on my nails before doing them so they aren't oily, otherwise my stuff is chipping and peeling that same day.

I figure it's chemistry, too. I'm pretty dadgummed dry, with a fairly high acidic content (based on how jewelry oxides on me),

post #8 of 63

I always wipe my nails down with alcohol to make sure all the oil is gone. I use the alcohol after the nail polish remover because some remover is supposed to be conditioning for the nails, so there might be some oil there. Sometimes I do my nails late and just but my foundation on. The next day when I decide to finish my mani, I wipe my nails with alcohol. It's been working great for me.

 

As for Seche Vite base coat.....the first time I used this, they had a buy the top coat and get the base free. I love the top coat so figure the base will be great. No, no, no....awful stuff because my polish peeled right off. The next time they had the buy one get base free, I told the clerk at Sally's that they could keep it, I didn't like it. I now use Nail Tek Foundation II and it makes my nails feel so much stronger, my nails are in good shape and it wears well. I still love Seche Vite top coat.

post #9 of 63

I get A FULL 2 weeks with incoco. I have tried everything and these last the longest for me, and I am hard on my nails. (I have natural nails). For me the OPI last the best if it is on acrylic, but since I weaned myself off of artificial nails 5 years ago, I had to find something different. It took me a very long time of trial and error, but I have been using the incoco for the past year. And I have been known to be very hard on my nails - working in the flower beds, scrubbing tile grout, ect. These don't chip. I do also use a good fast drying top coat, too. Don't get me wrong. I still have a collection of opi, china glaze, ect., but mostly these are just used for my pedicures now. jmho ;-)

post #10 of 63

Has anyone tried the Poshe fast-dry top coat? I've read mixed things on it as well, but I've heard pretty much flawless things about the base (which I have). The seche vite top is kind of goopy for me now... gotta get some polish thinners.

 

I do enjoy seche vite when I wear nudes or neutrals when shrinkage/tip wear isn't an issue for me, but with darker colours, it is very annoying.

post #11 of 63
I totally agree that OPI (including OPI by Sephora), Zoya, and Essie are great brands. Most of my nail polishes are from them. No experience with China Glaze. I'm also really impressed with the Nails, Inc. brand. Their special effects polishes (with holographic glitter) are really great. I also heard that their base and top coats are excellent as well. I have tried some other polishes - The New Black Runway - Color Barometer. The colors are really nice, but it goes on uneven. It could be because of the smaller size. I bought one Sephora polish, but the texture was chunky -- very disappointing. I've tried department/drug store brands in the past like Sally Hansen, Revlon, etc. Their brushes don't tend to be as easy to use, but Sally Hansen does have great colors.

 

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Originally Posted by Bella99135 View Post

What are the best Nail polish brands?
I've heard OPI,Zoya,Essie and China glaze are good but they all get such mixed reviews.
Which are the most long wearing and what are some good top and base coats? smile.gif
post #12 of 63
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Originally Posted by rakin View Post

I get A FULL 2 weeks with incoco. I have tried everything and these last the longest for me, and I am hard on my nails. (I have natural nails). For me the OPI last the best if it is on acrylic, but since I weaned myself off of artificial nails 5 years ago, I had to find something different. It took me a very long time of trial and error, but I have been using the incoco for the past year. And I have been known to be very hard on my nails - working in the flower beds, scrubbing tile grout, ect. These don't chip. I do also use a good fast drying top coat, too. Don't get me wrong. I still have a collection of opi, china glaze, ect., but mostly these are just used for my pedicures now. jmho ;-)

 

I am definitely more of a pedicure rather than manicure gal. :) Whenever I put nail polish on my hands, it always seems to get chipped easily. My husband and I are the only "dishwashers" in the house. Soapy dish water + nail polish = not so good.
post #13 of 63

For natural nails... I have found Rimmel to last over 7 days on me. And I hard on them.

post #14 of 63

Try Layla, 7- 10 days and drys very fast.

post #15 of 63

I have had my Sinful Colors Cinderella on since Sunday, so that would be 6 days. 2 coats of Nail-Tek Foundation II, 3 coats of Cinderella(very pretty blue),and topped off with Seche Vite top coat. I applied another coat of Seche Vite tonight to add a few more days. I have never had any trouble with Seche Vite shrinkage. I always go  over the tip of my nail to seal it. I love the Nail Tek Foundation. It's relatively cheap on E-bay and I will never be without it! My nails are so nice now, not breaking, not peeling. I do file them regularly, before my next mani. I like to file with the polish still on. I buff them before a new mani also.

post #16 of 63

I loved Essies Good To Go Top Coat but I decided to try Seche Vite and although I love how fast it dries I don't really like how my nails don't last as long. :(

Essies kept mine looking good for about a week or more, with Seche Vite it is only up to 4 days. Sometimes I don't mind since I wear nudes/pinks, but fall is here and I love wearing dark polishes.

I want to try another top coat that dries fast but keeps my nail polish long too, still on the hunt for it

post #17 of 63
Nails inc caviar top coat is the best I have used. Very quick drying, shiny, and lasts. It is at Sephora for $10.
post #18 of 63

From my experience Sally Hansen's Insta-dri top coat makes any polish last a lot longer. Even those darned Color Clubs lasted a whole 3 days instead of one!

post #19 of 63
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Originally Posted by OiiO View Post

From my experience Sally Hansen's Insta-dri top coat makes any polish last a lot longer. Even those darned Color Clubs lasted a whole 3 days instead of one!

 

I cannot tell you how much I love this stuff!!!

post #20 of 63
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Originally Posted by rakin View Post

I get A FULL 2 weeks with incoco. I have tried everything and these last the longest for me, and I am hard on my nails. (I have natural nails). For me the OPI last the best if it is on acrylic, but since I weaned myself off of artificial nails 5 years ago, I had to find something different. It took me a very long time of trial and error, but I have been using the incoco for the past year. And I have been known to be very hard on my nails - working in the flower beds, scrubbing tile grout, ect. These don't chip. I do also use a good fast drying top coat, too. Don't get me wrong. I still have a collection of opi, china glaze, ect., but mostly these are just used for my pedicures now. jmho ;-)

 

I can get a full two weeks with Sally Hanson Salon Effects Nail Strips too.  Plus I love the patterns and they always get noticed.  I actually get bored of a manicure before it chips or peels, usually I have to change it not because of chips or tip wear but because of growth of my nails.

 

I have some Incoco but haven't really tried them yet.  The Sephora brand nail strips were amazing and disappointing at the same time.  Amazing because they have really cool prints and my ones that I first tried were leopard glitter and looked really cool but disappointing because my fingernails started chipping after about 5 days and toenails after about a week and a half, normally I get at more than that from nail strip pedis.  But still, 5 days of a fun print isn't too bad, I'm just spoiled by the Salon Effects.  I love that they have limited edition ones and come out with new patterns and glitter shades with color variations.  

 

I used to only be able to keep polish on my fingers for one day, if that.  It'd always peel, no matter what brand or how careful I was with my hands.  Chanel, Julep, Zoya, all the same.  But since I bought the Zoya travel kit for twenty bucks it has been like a whole new world has opened up to me.  It has the whole set, 1 - Remover/Prep, 2 - Base Coat, 3 - your polish (separate), 4 - top coat and 5 - quick dry drops that also shine up the manicure and are supposed to help the polish last, which I never would have thought of including in my manicures before but it really works well.  I've done  two manicures using my Zoya set and Zoya polishes and both have lasted 5 - 7 days with a top coat refresher once in there, resealing the tips.  For me, that is nothing short of amazing.  Their system works.  I thought my nails were too oily and/or my chemistry just didn't work with polish but this proved me wrong, that with the right tools, I too can have a fun and easy at home manicure.  I'd tried Sally Hansen base coats of various vintages and the combo base/top coats of various brands including Seche Vite, but for some reason they never worked great for me and this does.  I'll definitely repurchase the items in the kit, I hope they work well with other brands of polish too.  It opens up my whole nail wardrobe for me, because I've always bought polishes and generally just used them for pedicures where they'd stay done but now I'm so happy I can have pretty nails too.  But I still use the strips as well.  My nails are rarely bare now, I'm having fun experimenting.  Good luck to those of you looking for your holy grail nail products, I hope you find what works for you.  I was skeptical but I'm so glad I was wrong.

post #21 of 63
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I have some Incoco but haven't really tried them yet.  The Sephora brand nail strips were amazing and disappointing at the same time.  Amazing because they have really cool prints and my ones that I first tried were leopard glitter and looked really cool but disappointing because my fingernails started chipping after about 5 days and toenails after about a week and a half, normally I get at more than that from nail strip pedis.  But still, 5 days of a fun print isn't too bad, I'm just spoiled by the Salon Effects.  I love that they have limited edition ones and come out with new patterns and glitter shades with color variations.

I tried the Sally Hansen, but they just didn't give me the quality look that I get from incoco. And they don't conform to the nail size either, but yeah I think that they lasted a while too. It would be nice if they had some standard shades and some nice french tips. I also spent a fortune on OPI and Brisa gels systems. Those are my second fav. But they peel off.

 

When you get around to trying your incoco, I found that buffing the ridges (per instructions) is best. I also love the way that they can be stretched to size. To take care of any over hang, I use one of those metal cuticle pushers (the square flat side). It makes a nice clean cut along the edges. Or, if your nail are sharp enough that will work too. For the tips, I just fold it over and rub and gently pull until it breaks free, cleanly. I can't seem to get a real nice cap using the file. And even though it doesn't require it, I use the seche vite fast dry top coat. Every since I started usng these, I haven't changed. I have even taken to buffing my nails while I am soaking in the tub, then I apply them while watching tv in bed. It's nice to not have to worry about spills.

 

Everyone that sees my nails can not believe that they were not done at the salon, and even though I say that they last for two weeks, there have been many time when I have gone for 3 weeks. I only had to replace them because of the new growth. So, I guess these are my "holy grail." lol Oh, FYI, don't expect to save the extras. Even though they provide that silver strip to save the leftovers, mine always are way to dry to use. So, one pack is pretty much just one mani. But you can always do a mani/pedi at the same time, to prevent some of the waste.

post #22 of 63

I love how quickly the Seche Vite top coat dries but I also only get about 4 days out of my polish before it chips enough that it has to be changed. That works okay for me because I change my polish about once a week anyway. I like the Orly top coat but it takes a lot longer to dry. 

For regular polishes, I like:

--Orly

--China Glaze

--OPI

 

I think the quality of their polishes is fairly consistent.

 

I like, but find quality inconsistent:

--Avon

--Zoya

--Essie

--Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro

 

With Essie, in particular, most of my pink colors by them chip way faster than their other colors. I can wear Chinchilly for a full week, but Sea Breeze, for example, is chipped after 3 days. 

 

I LOVE the Rimmel double-brush system but some of their colors chip quite quickly on me, while others last a week. I love their red or black shades, which last a week for me, but not their mauve/pink family, which seems to chip faster. They have a bluish-gray gunmetal-type color that I've been meaning to try. 

I didn't like Color Club at all. Not the application, not the durability. 

Currently waiting on my first Butter London bottles so that I can try them out. I hear good things.

post #23 of 63

Pure Ice is awesome It's in expensive & it lasts like no other polish I've tried!!

post #24 of 63
I like color club, however, they are not good for what you're looking for- they chip right away. I use Deborah Lippmann ridge filler, which does help with longevity.
post #25 of 63

I don't think any nail polish brand lasts very long. From my experience, OPI, China Glaze, and Essie all seem to chip within a week's wear. If anything, invest in a base and top coat, not the nail polish brand.

post #26 of 63

 If you would like to spend a little bit less on nail polish, China Glaze is the right choice and good also.

post #27 of 63

I don't notice difference between brands. If you use your hands a lot all polishes are going to chip. Glitter polishes wear longer I think. I use Seche Vite dry fast top coat and with that you get longer wear from any polish, even those little Sally Girl colors at Sally's. I love Finger Paints because there are so many colors and I like Sinful Colors because they have so many kinds and colors and are cheap!  I think polish lasts as long as the top coat you use.

post #28 of 63

The best polish brands for me are the following:

 

Toes - it doesn't really matter, but Zoya will last for about 3 months WITHOUT chipping!

 

Fingers - Zoya will last for about 10 days without chipping and that's after I've washed my hands a thousand times per day.  (And this is without re-applying a topcoat to extend wear). My new favorite is Ciate.  It dries super fast and it really grips the nail.  I'm very impressed with this brand.

 

OPI, Venique, China Glaze, and Essie, all last about the same...3 - 5 days before I notice chipping.

post #29 of 63

My favorite, favorite base coat is CND Stickey.  I used to only be able to get nail polish to last for about 24 hours, but now I only do my nails about every four days or so.  Sometimes at four days, I just retouch the tips, and put on another layer of topcoat and let it got for a few more days.   I use CND as a basecoat, and then I like OPI, Ciate, Deborah Lippman and Priti NYC.  I use Poshe as a topcoat and love it too. 

post #30 of 63

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure is by far the best! Great colors and affordable price!

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