Here it is. The ever so rare French Manicure. I don't usually do the French because I sort of find it boring and I also totally associate it with high school. I sometimes refer to it as the "slut" of the polish world because boy does it get around, everybody does it at some point, and it's SO totally overused.
I don't have a problem with it, but I think people use the French too much as something that is "classy" or whatever and they don't go looking for something unique and classy for the office or for meetings and such.
It also wears so quickly and is so obvious when to starts to chip or when your hands get dirty. The upkeep for this is so much more difficult than with other manicures. I always get in the mindset that this has to always be perfect, whereas if I have a bright blue, for example, when it chips, I can always layer a bright glitter over it and it'll be all ok. I could do that with a french, but I always choose not to.
Mostly though, I totally associate it with high school so that's why I don't wear it as much anymore.
After my nails grew out a little, I decided to French once more because I had a good nail length to achieve it with.
As a base I used OPI's Nail Envy, then painted 1 coat of Essie's Vanity Fairest, which is a sheer, light pink with a very delicate fairly like shimmer. For my tips, I used OPI's Alpine Snow, which is a white creme. I topped it all off with INM Fast Dry Top Coat.
Surprisingly, this lasted through cooking a Thanksgiving meal, so I would say it lasted VERY well through some intense hand usage. It lasted probably like 4 to 5 days with no sort of wear, then the tips started to chip and I removed it.
What are all of your opinions of the French Manicure?