Are you like me, always on the hunt for a long wearing nail polish? I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a nail polish junkie. I used to go to the salon to get my nails done, and went through phases of getting acrylics and gels on my nails, but for the past couple of years, I prefer to do my own nails at home and buy a bunch of nail colors I enjoy to switch out each week or so. So, I’ve tried LOTS of different polishes and have established my top three brands that wear really well on my nails, meaning 7-10 days without major chips.
Essie Gel Couture – This two step nail polish system boasts long wear for up to 14 days and it does not disappoint! There are a wide range of colors to choose from and no base coat is needed during application. The polish has a swirl stem brush (wider brush) that I find easy to manipulate. Through trial and error I’ve also learned that the thinner I keep each coat that I apply the better and longer the wear of the polish. Also, don’t be thrown off by “gel” in the name – no UV lamp is needed for this product! It comes off with regular nail polish remover. The color I’ve been into lately is Take it to Thread, a mauvy purple! This retails for about $11.50 a bottle.
KL Polish – This is a new brand of nail polish launched by one of my favorite YouTubers, Kathleen Lights (hence the “KL” in KL Polish). She comes out with new colors seasonally and I am in love! I loved her Winter colors and now am trying out her Spring line. The colors mix edgy with classic, so there is something for everyone! Her packaging is sleek and has a wider brush which I find easier to use. The polish retails for $8.50 and is only available online at klpolish.com. KL Polish is cruelty free and also 5 free. What does that mean? 5-free nail polishes are free of 5 potentially harmful chemicals: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene. In addition, this brand is 7 free and 9- free which include: 7-free nail polishes add xylene and ethyl tosylamide to that list, and 9-free polishes are also free of parabens and acetone. Any beauty product that is free or low on harsh chemicals and parabens is always superior in my book, especially when it performs as well as this polish!
defy & Inspire – This is a brand I randomly stumbled upon at Target last year and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it wears on the nails. This was launched by Target as one of its first in house beauty lines. It retails for $7 and the line also has its own base coat and top coat. I’ve only used the nail lacquer colors so I can’t comment on how the others perform. The color ranges are nice and I’ve found all the colors I have to perform consistently on my nails. With some polishes I’ve used in the past, some colors wear differently than others which is a disappointment. Similar to KL Polish, this brand also has a 5 free formula which is a plus for me. If you are curious what I use for base and top coats that I really love, Nails Inc Superfood for base coat and Seche Vite for a high gloss top coat!
I’d love to hear what long wearing nail polishes you are all obsessed with!
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