So, I thought I'd just let you know how my nails have been....
This is what my nails are like, after 4 days. Again, I painted these on wednesday afternoon. I used no cuticle cream, no base coat, no top coat, I didn't buff them... I basically only used my glass nail file to shape them after I removed the previous color. I think the only thing I did after I used the nail polish remover was water and hand soap... I painted them at school so I really had none of that available to me.
To be perfectly honest, I didn't think they'd last this long.
I mean, they're pretty much... perfect. The color is sort of worn.. not as shiny and the tips of my nails are worn as well, but there's no major chipping or anything.
I even had a swim meet on saturday and even with swimming and work and everything the polish is still perfectly on my nails.
Needless to say, I'm a little shocked.
This polish was "Metro Chic" by Sephora by OPI, and it was with no base coat, top coat or OPI Drip Dry.
Normally I'd use either the OPI Base Coat, or the Seche Vite Base Coat, then I'd use the Seche Vite Top Coat and on top, a drip on each finger of OPI's Drip Dry.
And normally those nails would last like... 2-3 days tops. Granted, I do pick at my nails a lot. Especially when I'm at work. And these last couple of days, I've been super busy and really... had no time to pick at them. I did notice though when I picked at them, they didn't want to be chipped off at all.
With all of those other products on my nails, the polish didn't chip either. It tended to just rip off in sheaths, cleanly coming off the nail.
So, I'm sort of at a loss. I love the shininess of the Seche Vite on top, but I feel like that adds to the nail polish "sheathing" off the nail.
It might also be this formula of nail polish. This is the only Sephora nail polish I own. The regular OPI colors "sheath" more than the Zoya colors I have, China Glaze, as well as the Essie colors.
On my toes, the Essie colors stayed on the best (their formula is the thickest), where the China Glaze, OPI and Zoya chipped the easiest.
I don't ever use a base coat or top coat on my toes.