Ah, the question on everyone’s lips. A variety of gel polishes are known to be very long-lasting, such as Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, Essie, Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab, OPI Classic Nail Lacquer, and Smith & Cult. You can’t go wrong with Butter London or JINsoon Nail Lacquer either. These brands have been tested rigorously by users and are proven to last the longest.
How long does nail polish last?
Another age-old, common question – how long does nail polish last? As common as the question may be, there’s no easy answer to it. This is because a myriad of different factors can affect the longevity of your manicure. These include genes, nail health, and daily activity. If you tend to do a lot of physical work, your nail polish won’t last as long as that of someone that doesn’t.
Nail polish lasts between 5 and 10+ days depending on the above factors and on how you apply it. Thankfully, this is an easy factor to control. The products you use and the technique you use to do your nails will affect the life span. In your bid to get the most out of your manicure, you might be tempted to use products that contain harsh chemicals. We urge you not to give in to the temptation because your nail health will suffer in the long term.
Even if you’re doing your nails really often, breathable products will keep them healthy. When applying coats, keep them thin. Thick coats are more likely to crack or peel and take longer to dry. For maximum manicure time and durability, aim for 2-3 coats. Thin coats dry quickly and make it applying even coverage easier.
Nail length is another factor. Keep your nails short, because long ones tend to bend. This, in turn, increases the likelihood of the polish cracking and chipping.
When should you throw away nail polish?
Once opened, nail polish can last for up to 24 months, but that can be relative. If your polish doesn’t blend after you shake it, it has to go. Another sign that it’s past its prime is if it’s gotten very thick and it is hard to put on. This happens because some of the ingredients evaporate as polish ages, causing thickening of the substance. At any rate, your bottle should last at least a year after opening and before it starts to thicken.
Which nail polish brand lasts the longest?
The longest-lasting brands are Sally Hansen, Essie, Butter London, and CND Vinylux. On average, these brands’ polishes last 7 to 8 days, 14 days, 7 to 10 days, and 7 days respectively without chipping.