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I thought it might be time to do a brief post about the subject of nail polish wear, since I get asked A LOT about it in the comments (which is completely understandable).
I very rarely mention wear-time of polish because quite frankly nearly every brand and type of finish only lasts 2-3 days on me tops. I think only 3 times or so have I ever had a polish on for 4 days with it looking decent. Never longer than that. Everyone has different body chemistry and situations that factor in, so not every nail polish will behave the same way on everyone equally.
The main contributors to my nail polish wear are water (I wash my hands a lot), typing all day on a keyboard, and ridges, which can split my nails at the tip, causing chips. It’s REALLY annoying that nothing lasts on me, but it never has and it is what it is. Actually on the flip-side, I get tired of things very quickly anyway, so I like changing out my colors a few times a week.
Sometimes I have a really hard time believing it people when they say their manicure lasted a full 7 days and still looked perfect. I guess the term “perfect” is relative because to me it means it looks exactly like it did the second you applied it. That means NO tip wear, not a single chip or crack and no noticeable nail growth around the cuticle area. I’m super, duper picky when it comes to my manicures so if I have any tip wear or other issues, basically it’s over for me and I remove it. Even if it’s only been on 18 hours (which happens a lot more frequently than you may think). Some people probably aren’t so picky. 😉
Anyway long story short, that is why you never hear me talking about how long nail polish lasts because I really cannot judge that for all.
How long do manicures typically last on you?
I never give a nail polish a chance to chip. I change my polish practicaly every day.
I never talk about wear either before it’s not often that I wear a polish for more than two days. When people say it’s perfect after a week, I question their eyesight!
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I’m going into day 2 of the same mani now and there is very visible wear on the tips, no chipping yet though. I don’t usually keep the same polish on though for more than a few days so I don’t pay much attention. lol
12-48 hours for me. Nail polish just does not like my nail beds. I’ve had problems in the past with enhancements peeling off as well. Shellac lasted 5-6 days.
I’m a lucky bastard, my nailpolish can last up to definitely 7 days.. Some brands don’t ofcourse, but a lot do! I usually don’t let my nailpolish on my nails so long but I have had some weeks where I was just too busy doing other things I didn’t polish my nails and my mani would still be perfect. I know, it’s pretty hard to believe but it happens!
I think it’s fairly typical for most to change the nail polish on 3rd day at the latest. I’m usually doing that as well, however lately I’ve been lazier on that department, last week I wore the same Sootballs manicure I did for about 5-6 days. There was no tipwear and no chips either, the only visible change was the nail growth. I gotta admit, i loved the mani too much to change it earlier. 😉
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Thank you so much for this post! The exact thing happens to me and I always thought it was just me and maybe I was putting my nail polish on wrong or not using the right base/top coat. Now I know it’s perfectly normal to have imperfect nails! Have a great day! 🙂
I usually change my polish once a week……but usually by day 4 I start seeing chips, which drive me crazy, but I push through to make it a full week…..I just dont normally have time to do it more often!! 🙁
Manicures last me 3 says max! I too will take my polish off if it’s not perfect or if I get bored. I have polish ADD, lol
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Polish ADD! I love that! I definitely have that too!
I usually change my polish every 4-5 days, and there’s sometimes a bit of tipwear (depending on the brand), but most of the time no chips. I only really get chips if the polish is terrible or something more extreme than daily wear and tear happens. I have gone a full week with some brands where there’s been minor wear and no chips, but i usually will get a sort of cracking thing going on with the polish, but only I can really see that. I probably should keep better track of the good/bad brands for me, but I do know that Forever 21 nail polish has lasted a lot longer than a few other much more expensive ones!
Nail polish never lasts more than a couple of days on me, and it generally shows some type of tip wear within 24 hours. Like you, as soon as I see a defect in my mani (tip wear, chips, cracks, my failure to polish all the way to the edge, etc.) it has got to go. Because of this, I’m normally re-painting my nails every 24-48 hours.
I never give my manis a chance to last – i change my polish way too often!
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Two to three days is normal for me, though I have had manicures last for about a week on occasion. It really depends on the number of coats for me. My nails are very thin and every time I bump into someting my nail bends and the polish cracks. But if I do some nail art or serious layering there’s enough polish (and at least two separate coats of Seche Vite) to completely prevent bending. Problem solved (more or less).
It depends on the polish! Zoya lasts the longest on me, about 4-5 days with minimal tip wear. I work with my hands repairing laptops, so I often use my index and thumbnails as tools – they are my shortest nails and therefore usually the first to chip the polish!
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Thanks for weighing in on this topic. My idea of a manicure lasting is the same as yours -zero tip wear or chipping. Mani typically lasts 12-48 hrs. by my standards which are admittedly stringent. Thus leading me to not paint my nails very often. I do keep my toes painted year round but pedis hold up so much better for me due to the lack of abuse my toes get!
I agree about my pedicures! The polish on my toes will look great and stay on for much longer than the polish on my fingers. 🙂
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Polishes never last long on me. I can’t figure out why, maybe because I work in medical and I’m always washing my hands. I hate when it chips, so I usually change every 2-3 days. Works out okay cause I get bored too lol.
my manicures usually last about 4 days, and that includes some tip wear. so I change my polish about twice a week. I type really hard and wash my hands often as well. sometimes I add top coat at the tips on day 2 or so to make it last a bit longer. I only remove sooner if I have chips, which usually show on my thumbs and pointer fingers, which I might just repaint instead.
If I’m lucky I’ll get 3 days with no tip wear. But usually I get 2 days, I’ll live with the chips on the 3rd day, and change it on the 4th day. I write for a living, so keyboards kill my nails. Plus they split into layers, which is super annoying.
Thanks for this! My nail polish lasts about 5 days if I’m lucky, but usually 2-3 days with noticeable wear and tear. It also depends on the brand. BB Couture seems to last the longest, and Chanel chips like crazy! Very odd.
My nail polish usually only lasts a few hours. I have tried every base and top coat out there and no luck. It’s just my crappy nails. They are very thin and tend to bend and the polish peels. If I pain my nails at night as soon as I shower in the morning the corners are peeling back. My nails are soft and as soon as the get wet they bend and it pulls the polish away. It’s very very frustrating!
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Polishes normally last me a week, unless I do too much cleaning around the house (luckily, I normally don’t! haha). My left hand always stays chip-free longer than my right. I grade a lot of papers since I’m an English prof., so my right hand nails get very dry (from the paper) and tend to crack or chip.
Kelly, I’m so glad you wrote this! I too preach this, what lasts on me may not last on someone else, and vice versa – and for just the reasons you’ve listed. Most of the time I change my nail polish every day – and it’s simply because I get bored. I have had a few instances in which I’ve left polish on for longer, the most being almost a week, and I’ve had some good results and some bad results.
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Wear is never a big deal to me either, because I get tired of it and want to move on to another color in a day or two anyway. I notice tip wear usually in a day but the thing that bugs me most is it is not as shiny as when I first put it on, so the 2nd day I end up putting on another layer of top coat.
I’ve never had a manicure last more than a day looking perfect. Usually I do my nails before bed and there’s tip wear or chips by mid morning the next day. I’ve tried everything. Every base and top coat, etc. Nothing works.
My max is usually four days and that’s depending on how bad the tip wear looks. Since I type all day I’m going to have tip wear after day one.
I have a similar problem. I wash my hands a lot, and cooking/cleaning/chores take a lot out of my hands, so most polishes last about 3 days tops, but I also get bored quickly, so I feel like changing the color at that point anyway.
2-3 days is normal for me. Housework, wet hands and typing usually does them in no matter the brand though I did a nice mani on Saturday (5 days ago) with one of the W&W Ring in the Year shades (the purple one) and tipped them with some silver glitter from Sinful and use w&w topcoat every day because I loved the way they came out and they still look fresh. I think the topcoat every day and using the brush over the tips at the very end may just be the secret! I’ve also been doing my best to resist using my nails as “tools” and instead use a fork to force open cans of cat/dog food or scrape off various messes the kids/pets leave behind. So far so good,
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Hi, I usually change my polish three times a week. Sadly it doesn’t last on my nails for too long but that’s because I have to wear gloves at work most of the time. When I’m on holiday my manis look good for a longer time – depending on what polish I use of course. And as soon as I see a chip or crack I have to remove it, so consider me picky, too 😉
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I’m like that too Sabine. At the first sign of a chip or crack I have to take it all off and start fresh.
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My nailpolish normally only last about 2-3 days, but it’s not because it is chipping at that point. I just have a bad habit, where I peel of the polish – not good! If I didn’t peel the polish of it would probably last 5 days and then start chipping 😉
Luckily, OPI and China Glaze last at least 5 days on me. Zoya and Essie last about 4 days, and Sinful Colors lasts about the same time. I change polish frequently, so if it chips, no biggie.
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Well, Kelly, you and me both: Geminis. 😉 I have the same nail type you do too, so polishes don’t last very long, and since I’m all about change, it doesn’t matter to me. I will only comment on wear if a polish chips within hours, or last way longer than it usually does on me. But I’m perfectly happy with polishes that last only for a day or two.
I never discuss it either because I do manual labor, so the wear and tear that is put on my nails is much different than that of others! I only mention it if it’s amazing or absolutely terrible. I usually change every 3 days unless it looks really bad!
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I usually change my polish on Wednesday and Sunday nights. I usually have some tip wear by the time I change it (but no chips). I do all my housework and laundry folding on Sunday (and rarely leave the house), so there’s no point in doing a fresh mani on Saturday when I just know it’s going to get demolished the next day. A little tip wear won’t bother me much, but chips are unacceptable.
Right now I’m having the same polish on my nails for the fifth day, I applied another coat after two days and right now I’m already bothered my the nail growth and a slight tip wear. I know most of people don’t even notices I have a tired mani, but I do. I usually change my polish every second or third day so usually I do not have these problems. That’s also why I don’t mention often wearing time. It depends on so many things, if not anything else, what you do with your hands during the day, so it’s really irrelevant IMO.
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I typically change every 2 days because the wear drives me insane. Mostly the wear is when the whites of my nails are starting to show, but if I wait too long, the polish chips and I ended up trying to scrape the polish off my nails (which I think is really bad for your nails). I’ve heard Seche Vite helps with making the nail polish last longer but I’m a little scared about the birth defect warnings..
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I can get nail polish to last a week! For me, “perfect” means no chips, and only minor tip wear. But usually, it’s closer to about 5 days.
I’m completely with you on this one. I don’t really believe when people say their manicure lasts 7 days without chips, especially if they don’t use top coat. I use a base coat, and always a top coat and usually 3-4 days of good wear is what I get. Most of the time I only get minor chips and tip wear, but since my nails grow extremely fast you can see the growth line near the cuticle. That’s my cue to take it off. That being said, I get bored quite quickly, so I change it every two days if I can. 🙂
Hi Kelly, I like this topic alot because it’s indeed ifferent for everybody.
I usually get to wear my polishes 4 days without chipping or tipwear if I wrap them very carefully. I work in an office and get to type the whole day. Ofcourse sometimes I do get tipwear, depends on the polish. I found out If I do exactly the same mani on my sister she has tipwear and chips after a day when mine is still perfect ( yes I said it ) for three whole days. Weird how it works different for everyone!
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I usually change my nail color often for the exact reasons you have listed above– I love the way a polish looks when I first apply it, but inevitably by the next day I have wear on the tips (though I’m not very good at wrapping them, which probably doesn’t help) and scratches and dings from working all day. I’m lucky to generally not get too many chips in my polish, so I can maybe go 2-3 days without the tip wear bothering me– though since I have started paying attention it bothers me a lot! Plus, I have a lot of nail polish and I get bored, so I liked to be able to move on the next color every other day or so.
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I seem to be the minority here. I tend to wear my polish for a week to a week and a half, and it stays perfect enough for me. In that time, I have some tip wear and some growing out, but nothing I can notice unless I look at my hands very closely. My polish rarely chips. If it did, that would be my only reason to remove it before a week was up. I guess I’m just lucky in the nail department.
If I’m really in love with a colour and want to wear it for as long as possible, I can easily wear it for 7 days straight with it looking decent and free of chips. And the record for the longest-wearing polish on me is China Glaze Blue Sparrow – I literally wore that for 2 weeks straight without retouching and it wore like iron.
Since blogging, though, I don’t tend to wear any colour for longer than 7 days, because I like to try out more colours and show my readers other hues. (It also forces me to go through and wear more of my collection instead of just keeping it in my Helmer.)
Tip wear annoys me, but if I love a colour a lot, I won’t bother changing it until I’ve gotten a few solid days of wear out of it.
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Depends on the polish sometimes. I’ve gotten horrible wear out of the Claire’s mood polishes (less than a day). But typically at least 2-3 days is the usual amount of time I’m satisfied that my manicure looks the way it did when i first applied it. As you mentioned, I, too, get tired of my manicure after that amount of time anyway and tend to change it (if time allows)
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Whew, I have the same problem! Glad I’m not the only one 🙂 I put my nails through alot too though with the snaps on my 5 month old’s nappies/diapers & all the handwashing that goes with that. Thanks for sharing!
Great post!! I have the same wear issues, specifically tip wear. I think it depends on typing all day long (at work and at home), also because during weekends and on pinkies I notice less tipwear.; typically after 24hrs from application I can see it! Seriousness of wear depending on polishes (cremes are more delicate than metallics IMO); I don’t usually have problems with chips, unless my nails are peeled (in that case a chip on peel is guaranteed).
Anyway like you, I hate seeing neglected nails so I prefer to remove worn polish 🙂 even if I applied the day before…
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I change my polish every 3-4 days sometimes up to a few times a week. I find that it totally destroys my nails they get all dry and crack on me, now I noticed it peels too. I was wondering what base coat, hardener etc you use to keep them healthier? I used to use nail envy but now I use lippmann rock hard seems like my nails condition was way better when I used nail envy.
I’ve gone through some nasty peeling myself and I highly recommend NailTek. If it’s really bad, go for NailTek Intensive Therapy II (http://www.nailtek.com/nail_tek/nkII.html). You can put it under a base coat (it doesn’t always play well but it works great in tandem with NailTek Foundation base coats) while you’re wearing polish. For a great cheapo treatment, I find Sally Hansen Miracle Cure works pretty well too. Hope that helps!
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I typically change my polish every 3 days… and i rarely repeat the same color twice…excpet for Pacific Blue by Sally Hansen.. and my newfound fave Gemma by Zoya
I like to keep nail polish on for at least 2-3 days to get maximum wear before I change it or go bare for a bit to give my nails some breathing room. Usually with really good polish, 2-3 days leaves me with minimal tip wear. More than 3 days usually leaves me with chips at the cuticle. The best wear I’ve gotten is maybe 7 days with minimal tip wear that I can get out of OPIs. A good top coat helps too. Right now, I swear by Nubar Diamont. I cook a lot so that usually takes the most toll out of manicures, with the frequent hand washing and the occasional nick here and there. So really, I think wear time is hard to gauge as everyone has a different body chemistry that also plays a part in how well nail polish adheres to the nail, as well as the vast differences in activities that can lead to someone’s mani chipping faster than another person’s. It’s just too subjective to factor into reviews.
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I usually change my mani every 4-5 days except when it chips which is very very rare. Most of the time it remains very good with just a little bit of tip wear. I thought it was because I was using good quality products and took care of my nails, but it seems that I am also a little bit lucky!
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I’m glad you answered since I did ask this the other day. I honestly get 7 to 10 days of great wear out of a professional manicure. Now if I do it myself I’m lucky to get 4 days. I’m on my 13th day of a Julep polish at the moment – yes I’m tired of it but yesterday was my first chip so I think that says a lot for the polish.
It’s rare for me to keep nail polish on my nails for longer than 2-3 days. I work at a computer too and the tips of my nails usually show a lot of wear by the end of the first day. I’ve never had my nails look as good on day 3 as they did when they were freshly polished.
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Well nail polish typically lasts 3-4 days on my nails- if that :P. My idea of perfect is no chips and minor tip wear. I have just gotten out of my bad habit and stopped biting my nails. Though I do get very anxious and pick at my nails. So I’m trying to stop and stay calm. I’m a huge fan of yours!
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I’m sorry to hear that you have a problem with nail polish wear. It sounds frustrating, but it’s good that you like to change your color often. I’ve been painting my nails for the past two years since I let my nails grow and to be honest when I do wear polish, I get around 5 days, sometimes a week without really any drastic chipping, usually only some fading around the tips and a chip on a nail or two. One time I even had a glitter over creme manicure that lasted for about two weeks and there were hardly any chips at all. I didn’t do any touch-ups, so I was honestly surprised because it seemed like a long time for a polish to last. I thought it might have been the combination of what I had on, but I guess factors and body chemistry do play a part. I I just never realized how much. Love your blog and looking forward to future posts!
I change my polish every day or, at least, every other day. Polish rarely stays on my nails 3 days before I remove it and put another color on. Now. that’s my regime since starting nail blogging. Before, I would wear a color for a week, adding coats as needed for tip wear and putting a clear top coat on every other day.
Just depending on the polish, I can get a fairly decent 4 days wear without touch ups. But I have had polish actually get tip wear over night. Seriously, I don’t know what could do that other than just putting on my jammies and sleeping. :/
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YES. Two days is my baseline — if I can get away with a polish not looking too shabby for 48 hours, I’m happy (and totally content to take it off and do a new mani). That’s about normal for most polishes for me, unless I’m washing the dog or refinishing furniture or something. But if a polish starts with chipping and tipwear at the end of day one, ugh. Out it goes. A good base and top coat (I use Zoya Anchor or Nubar Foundation, and Seche Vite) help, but my nails are fairly thin and bendy — also flake-prone, ugh — and I’m constantly using them as tools, so expecting more than two days polish wear would be unrealistic.
Really depends but I found a very cheap great top coat from Essence that helps my nail polish stay on well for almost a week. I’m wearing Butter London right now. Been wearing it for 5 days and it still looks good.
Hi VV! I know you JUST posted about not commenting how long nail polish lasts but if it is ESPECIALLY BAD or GOOD, would you comment on it? Sometimes there is just a terribad lasting power nail polish that needs to be singled out! :). Thanks!
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My manicures last for about 7 days if I don’t get bored with the color– but I usually put a second layer of top coat over it by day 4, so I guess that’s kind of cheating. I know washing your hands a lot can cause your nail bed to warp (it expands with the water, then shrinks again), which can weaken the nail-paint bonds over time.
For me, a single chip = time for a new manicure. I’m okay with tip wear except on very dark colors where it might be super obvious. It bugs me to NO END when I see people with heavily chipped/picked at nail polish. C’mon, if there’s more nail than polish showing, just get a little acetone and remove it!
I rarely keep mine on more than 2/3 days, just because I get bored quickly, but probably around day 3/4 is when it starts to look a bit ugh…
I’ve found that the quality of the nail polish is a HUGE factor in its longevity. If I use higher end nail polishes like Zoya, Essie, or OPI (there are definitely higher end ones, but about $10/bottle is as high as I’ll go) with their corresponding high quality base and top coats, I can get the polish to last from 3-5 days. I’m a reformed nail biter and I still have a bad habit of picking at my nails, plus I have all the usual wear and tear from hand-washing and typing and etc, and it lasts 3-5 days!
However, if I buy the cheap-o polishes like Wet n Wild, then it lasts only one day. Literally. I picked up a couple bottles last night on Vampy Varnishes’ recommendation (since you gush about them all the time) for the first time since high school (over 10 years ago) and put it on — and bam, a major chip in less than 8 hours, with no particular behaviors that would cause it to chip faster (typing, nail-picking, etc).
IMO cheap nail polish and WnW is fun for if you change your nail color all the time anyway, or you want a novelty color for a specific outfit or something. Higher end for me all the way the rest of the time.
You are lucky! I can wear a Lippmann, RBL, Dior, Chanel or any other $$ brand and it lasts just as long as Wet n Wild or Revlon. Makes no difference in the price for me!
I once had a WetnWild polish that lasted 5 days with minimal tipwear. Otherwise my polish wears or chips withine 24 hours. The first Zoya Matte polishes I bought chipped while I was asleep! Crazy.
I change my polish every 2-3 days. Mine will usually start to chip around day 3 anyway. It used to ALWAYS chip the same day before I discovered Barielle Manicure Extender. I have thin nails that peel very badly, so nail polish would never last on me. I’m happy with 3 day wear for polish, because no matter how much I love the color, I get sick of it after 3 days anyway.
really not much to me … both for the quality of enamels, which varies greatly and I hate glaze chipping or frayed edges, and by my urgent desire to use some other enamel, or even fail to appreciate the color on my nails. I’m usually one or two days with the glaze, then renew with glitter, holographic top coat, crackle, stamp, etc.. and I get one or two days to replace.
I never wear it long enough for it to even matter!
Water is a huge enemy of my manicure. I’m like u in that I change my polish every frequently (every other day) or at the slightest flaw. I don’t know who thses folks are with their mega-impervious polish jobs. They must just still very still on a couch doing nothing for days.
I’m the same way. I judge it by whether it chips on day one, two or three. It never lasts longer than that. I definately don’t have the right chemistry for nail polish!!! Ah, the burden some of us have to carry.
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I change my polIsh almost every day also. I get really bored easily and painting my nails helps me wind down at night.
Aaaah! My nail polish twin! I agree with everything. My nails split at the tip more often than I’d care to admit, causing chips. It’s not even the nail polish’s fault. And I often wonder about those “lasted a full 7+ days” statements! I always thought I must be crazy, but you summed it up: what constitutes acceptable wear is subjective. I am very picky as well, partly because I don’t mind the excuse to change my color often and also because until I finally stopped picking them to stumps, my nails were raggedy as hell. So I have high standards now that they’re nice. Anyway good post!
I couldn’t agree with you more. My polish doesn’t last more than a day. I thought I was the only one that had that problem. I can’t have the same color for more than a day. The slightest chip bothers me.
Oh my gosh! I thought I was weird! Haha. My manis usually only last 2-3 days… And that is with me being super careful (ex: not washing dishes, opening cans, etc…). It’s fine though because I usually get bored and want to switch up the colors but it drives my boyfriend nuts. He does not understand why I can’t wear a mani with small cracks or tip wear.
With my schedule, I can only do my nails one time per week. This includes taking care of my cuticles, cutting my nails and filing them (since I type, I keep my nails short because its more comfortable). If I really do my routine the right way, like exfolitaing and getting rid of any oils with a little bit of alcohol before painting them, my polish will last me the full week with the exception of the slight nail growth around the cuticle area and a little bit of dullness in the actual polish. I make sure I use a top coat and a product for drying the polish. This is regardless of the brand or quality of nail polish. Chips are rare, and actually the last time my polish chipped was with a Zoya color.
I have the same experience. I’m wearing an awesome nail polish my mom brought back from Australia. The first time I wore it, it chipped within a day. The second time I wore it, I did my nails properly and made sure they were free of any oils before I polished. I’m on day 6 with no tip wear or chips.
No matter what brand I use, as long as I clean the oils off my nails thoroughly, I have the same long-wearing experience with every polish. If I just wash my hands, it’s a miracle if polish lasts two days.
It’s actually a bit of a relief for me to read this, because I can NEVER get polish to last more than a few days on me either. I always assumed I was doing something wrong, but I can often see tip wear within a day or so and if I wait a whole week, it’s pretty much a given that I’ll have that vaguely “homeless chic” look going. Some brands are a bit better than others, but I’ve yet to meet any that can hold up to a full week of wear. Glad to know even the experts have these problems.
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When I first started *serious* polishing–and my blog (this summer) I could get a week out of a manicure. Not 100% perfect but in my eyes, still very good looking.
Now, it seems I’m lucky if I get 4 days of good wear before chips/growth, etc. And I thought maybe it was something I was doing wrong but now, I wonder if it’s a combination of healthier nails (so they grow faster), better hand care (love my new hand creams) and slight change of weather here in FL (a bit less humidity).
I really just don’t have time to do my nails every day, or even every other day since I rarely do just a plain color. I love to jazz up my nails 😉 If I do something elaborate I want it to last long enough to enjoy.
But today is manicure day LOL I painted my nails for something that didn’t happen and now I’m ready for something new!
Thanks for a great article!!
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Everything you just said is basically how I feel. I change mine every two days, if not everyday because I do not like chips, tipwear, or anything like that!
I’ve never gotten my nails done and I don’t typically “do a manicure” or anything, but I will paint my nails pretty often. I have really thin, bendy nails that peel when they get long 🙁 I’ve tried so many treatments and hardeners and God knows what else, but to no avail. A new polish colour might last me two days tops, because I get bored in class and pick it off. Plus I always feel guilty after I paint my nails because polish doesn’t typically do anything good for the condition of my nails..
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phew! here i was thinking i was the only one this happened to. time and again i see blog posts about wear time of a week and blah, blah, blah. it’s nice to see i’m finally not in the minority of polish only lasting a couple of days on my nails. great post!
Thanks so much for sharing. My manni lasts about 3-4 days. By that time I notice it doesn’t have that “oomph” like it did on the first day. Which is fine ’cause I’m ready to try a new color anyway. Good to know there are others who have about the same wear-time.
I have worn polish for a week with no chips. Sometimes I do get minor tip wear, but it’s very minor. In fact, not noticeable to anyone but me unless I take a close up photo and show it to people: ‘Hey, here’s my tip wear.’
The longest I’ve worn my nails are probably just 5 days but that’s only for really light colours and that the chip isn’t visible. For darker colours, usually 3-4 days max. Once the polish starts to even chip or not look as shiny as before, I’ll keep staring at my nails until I couldn’t take it anymore and bam! New manicure coming up for me!
Now that I’ve moved to Seche Top Coat, I’m finally using the old OPI colours on my nails as those takes so much time to dry I keep denting my manicure before! 😀
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I usually change my polish every 2-3 days, at the most. I can’t stand any tip wear or chipping, at all. I also get bored easily, so to make it last that 2nd day, or 3rd, I add nail art, or crackle/shatter, or glitter, just so I don’t have to do my nails every day.
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my sentiments exactly! mine don’t last more than 3 days without wearing at the tip or chipping and I’m always changing my nail colour every few days, it does’t matter anyway. I get bored easily too :p
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Have any of you tried OPI’s ChipSkip? It’s pretty good – it definitely doesn’t work miracles, but it generally extends my polish life to around 5-6 days instead of 2-3! I’d definitely recommend! 🙂
Update on my W&W 7 day manicure. It truly stayed put for 7 days and then it started to chip so I cleaned it all off last night and redid my mani with one of Zoya’s Smoke & Mirrors (the purple shade) and a topcoat of W&W clear shine. I’ve been working for less than 2 hours and it’s chipped on three fingers 🙁 Grrrrr
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I’m excatly like you. My nailpolish never last without peeling or chiping more than a day or two. There’s minor differencies between brand but only very minor.
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I’ve definitely had manicures last for a week or longer. I try to change it up every ~2 days, but sometimes things just get busy. I also wash my hands a lot (I work as a nanny, so you can imagine how much hand washing goes on after spit up and changing diapers, not to mention cooking dinner and all the in-between washing) but I guess polish just loves me. It’s only really noticeable because of the growth. I’ll look down and think “man, why did I paint so far from the cuticle?” and then it’ll take me a few minutes before I realize that I painted them the last weekend or something and they’re actually just grown out. Aside from that, my longer manis really do look “perfect” (no chips, cracks, tip wear, etc).
It also depends on the brand and/or specific color. Sometimes when I really like a mani (I’m a lover of the reverse french or other simple non-solid color manis) and I want it to stay it chips off before the next day. Boo.