The longest-lasting nail polish formulas I’ve tried so far are the Chanel Longwear Nail Colours, the OPI Infinite Shine Lacquers, the Smith and Cult Nailed Lacquers, and the Essie Gel Couture Nail Colors
After having a rollercoaster type of love for many years, nail polish and I are now finally going steady.
I used to feel that putting so much time and effort into a relationship that would start falling apart (A.K.A. chipping) in just one or two days wasn’t really worth it, so I would basically have bare nails approximately 350 days a year.
But now those days are long gone, and there is one brand in particular I have to thank for.
That brand is Smith and Cult.
Hypnotized by their unique-looking bottles, I purchased a couple of shades (celadon green Bitter Buddhist and dove grey taupe Doe My Dear) while I was in Edinburgh back in April, and it was instant love. Not only because they are so prettily packaged, but also, more importantly, because they remain chip-free on my nails for about a week.
Since then, I’ve added two more shades to my collection: Kings and Thieves (a deep royal blue), and Stockholm Syndrome, my Smith and Cult color of choice for the fall and winter, which I’m wearing in the picture above
After Smith and Cult rekindled my love for nail polish, I was determined to find at least another formula that would last on me just as long, and find it I did in the form of the newly reformulated Chanel Les Vernis. While last summer I couldn’t stop wearing the Chanel Longwear Nail Colour in 534 Espadrilles, lately it’s the beyond iconic 505 Particulière the shade I’ve been obsessing about.
I can totally see why the whole beauty world went nuts when the shade was launched back in 2010: Particulière is pure neutral perfection. It looks good with any outfit (and I’m guessing with any skin tone, too), on any occasion, any time of the year. It’s so beautiful and versatile that if I had to wear only one nail polish for the rest of my days, I’d most likely pick this one (although I really hope I’ll never have to choose!).
Chanel Longwear Nail Colour in 505 Particulière
With their impressive wear-time and color selections, the Smith and Cult Nailed Lacquers and Chanel Longwear Nail Colours have definitely become my all-time favorite ranges, but in the last few months I’ve also discovered a couple of more affordable options that perform equally well.
The first I found are the OPI Infinite Shine Lacquers.
Short, black nails can be really chic, don’t you think?
And the last, but most definitely not the least, long-wear nail polish I’ve discovered is the Essie Gel Couture Nail Color in Bubbles Only, which I reviewed a couple of months ago. If you read that post, you’ll probably remember that I love everything about Bubbles Only – shade (a deep red with a hint of brown), performance (8 solid days chip-free), and brush (wide and domed).
Essie Gel Couture Nail Color in Bubbles Only
Even though all these formulas have their own special top coats, I have to admit that I always use them in combination with my trusty Essence The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat, and am very happy with the results.
Brushes, brushes brushes! L – R: Chanel Longwear Nail Colour, OPI Infinite Shine Lacquer, Smith and Cult Nailed Lacquer, and Essie Gel Couture Nail Color
If you’re looking for a nail polish with some serious lasting power, I highly encourage you to check out these ones. They’ll hardly disappoint!
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