My Favorite Long Lasting Nail Polish

Like many women I’m a makeup and beauty product junkie. Having tried hundreds of different products during my lifetime I have a pretty good idea of what works well and what doesn’t.  I really like most categories of makeup, but I have whole collections of lipstick and nail polish. I’ve experimented with different brands and of lip color I have found some really spectacular specimens, but I haven’t been quite as lucky with nail polish, until now.

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My Favorite Long Lasting Nail Polish

So Much Polish, So Little Time

Over the years I’ve tried almost every kind of nail polish out there.  Currently in my collection are products by Revlon, Bobbie Brown, OPI, (lots of OPI), Orly, ULTA,  Toni & Tina, and Deborah Lippmann.  (I really hoped, when I purchased the Deborah Lippmann colors from Nordstroms for the tune of around $20 each, that they would last longer because of the price tag, but that wasn’t the case.)  Of all the brands I’ve tried in the past the longest wearing was “Toni and Tina”, but the company has since gone out of business and you can only find what’s left on E-bay. (I do like vintage but I’m NOT buying old nail polish. Yuk.)

My Problematic Nails

A manicure usually starts to chip in about two days on my hard-working fingers.  Washing the dishes, drawing, typing and all the other things I do every day with my hands takes a toll on my polish. When I discovered OPI’s “gel” nail polish this summer I was beyond excited.  Nail polish that lasts two weeks! Yahoo! So what if it makes my nails thin, requires scary UV cookers to adhere, and can only be taken off with battery acid. (Just kidding.  It takes a special heavy-duty acetone type substance to remove and then it has to be pushed off your nails with a wood stick.) But it was worth the extra $20 and hour-long process to have nail polish that lasted.

“Blank Slate” – a dark blue polish

Then I discovered Sonia Kashuk’s line of nail polish. I’m not sure what initially attracted me to the little bottles filled with fun colors but I’m so glad I decided to try one. A dark denim blue named “Blank Slate” made its way onto my nails and I was happy with the color, but it was this manicure’s longevity that impressed me.  IT LASTED A WHOLE WEEK WITHOUT CHIPPING. Thinking it might have been a fluke I went back and purchased another color, this one a stone color called “Tauped”.  Once again the manicure looked great for seven whole days.  The tips started to wear down a bit, but the manicure still looked nice.

Sonia Kashuk Nail Color in “Tauped”

 after 1 week of wear

Sonia Kashuk Nail Color Review

  • It’s fairly easy to apply and covers well in two coats.
  • The polish dries a couple of shades darker than the color in the bottle.
  • It isn’t any smellier than other polishes, but it does take a whole day or more for the odor to completely disappear.
  • The colors seem to be available according to the season. brights in the spring and summer, darks in the fall and winter.
  • The polish dries to the touch fairly quickly, but caution should still be maintained for a few hours afterwards until it’s good and dry.
  • It lasts a good week on hands without chipping. After I touched it up with some more polish it lasted almost another week.
  • On my feet the pedicure is still going strong after more than 2 weeks. (This is pretty normal for me though.)
  • They cost about $5 each, unless you find them on sale.
  • Sonia kashuk products are available on-line and at Target stores.

So you know, I have used Revlon base coat and top coat under and over every manicure and pedicure for the past year. Once, a nail salon used some cheap stuff and my fresh manicure started to chip after just a few hours. I’ve brought my own stuff along ever since.

Shop the Polish!

Purchase Sonia Kashuk Nail Color by clicking the image below.

Updated June 2013: Sonia Kashuk has updated her nail polish packaging. They now look like the one above. As far as I know the formula is the same but there are many new colors in the line now.Sonia Kashuk nail polish is available at Target. You can buy it online by clicking on the image above.

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41 Responses to My Favorite Long Lasting Nail Polish

  1. SACRAMENTO November 3, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    I got some OPI in the airport. No, it hasn´t got to Spain yet, ahhhhhhhhhhh. I must look for the OPI gel one.
    I love the colour too.
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    • Heather Fonseca November 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

      The gel has to be done at a salon, but I think ULTA sells a home version now. It’s kind of involved. But this polish by Sonia Kashuk should be available in Europe. Do any of my other European readers know if it’s available outside of the states?

  2. Alexis of NorthOnHarper November 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    I swear—– every time you write a nail polish post I am on the same page as you—- I am running to get a manicure this afternoon!
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    • Heather Fonseca November 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

      OH so jealous! I’m really jonesing for a manicure right now but I don’t have any free time.

  3. Paula November 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    Thanks for the tip! The taupe one looks like the opi color you dont know jacques–that I love. but I’ve been bad about painting my nails now–just too much maintenance–but I will give this a go! Thanks, GF!
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    • Heather Fonseca November 3, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

      Opi has so many great colors, but they don’t last any longer than any other colors. I hate spending good $ on something that doesn’t last, even though I love love love having my nails done. My nails are unpolished currently, because I too just don’t have time right now. But soon!

  4. Helen Neely November 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    You definitely look very confident in your own skin. Wish I had half of what you have. I’m inspired.

    • Heather Fonseca November 3, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

      Thank you so much Helen! I hope to see you around some more.

  5. citizen rosebud
    November 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Thanks to you and this post, I just bought a Sonia Kashuck bottle of nail polish today. It’s a sweet silvery sparkly number called Smoke and Mirrors. And the influence of a fashion blogger….
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    • Heather Fonseca November 3, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

      Ooohhh – I saw that color but I haven’t purchased it yet. I want to get the black one with sparkles next. Let me know how your new nail polish fares!

  6. Casee Marie November 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    Oh my gosh, I don’t know why I never thought to try Sonia Kashuk’s polishes! I’m so glad you posted about this, or I probably would have gone on being oblivious. I’ve been using Essie most of the time anymore, it’s gotten to be my favorite of the ones I’ve tried, but I did my nails on Sunday and by Tuesday at least six nails had chipped. Tonight I just took it off and completely reapplied, which is such a waste of polish. I’ve tried switching up basecoats and topcoats, different polishes and everything – nothing works for my nails. I’m definitely going to give Sonia Kashuk’s polish a whirl next time!

    • Heather Fonseca November 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

      I honestly have no idea why I tried one of her polishes. It was just a whim! I didn’t think it would work any better than OPI, I just liked the color. I really hope they work for you as well as they did for me. Please contact me if you try Sonia Kashuk polish and let me know how it worked for you!

  7. Andrea
    November 4, 2011 at 4:00 am #

    Love the nail polish post! I love that colour it’s such an unusual shade of blue.

    • Heather Fonseca November 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

      Thanks Andrea! I do love that dark blue too.

  8. brookemeagan November 4, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    I’m a nail polish junkie. I don’t actually own many beauty products and have been using the same mascara, eyeliner, lip balm and foundation for years, but I love to explore with nail polish. OPI and Essie are prominent in my collection. I’ve never tried Sonia Kashuk but it looks gorgeous and I’m a fan of the price so I must see if I can track it down here in Canada. Our Target in the making is still about a year away but I’ll check out a few other places. Thanks for the tip!! xo
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    • Heather Fonseca November 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

      If you find any let me know! And be sure to hit Target when it opens, we love it down here in the states.

  9. Liesl November 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    What a FUN nail color and great tips! I am so glad Citizen Rosebud did a spotlight on your lovely blog so that I could discover you! Love it and your blog!

    Liesl 🙂
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    • Heather Fonseca November 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

      Thank you so much and welcome to my blog! I love The Citizen Rosebud and I’m really happy for Bella’s support. Hope to see you around.

  10. Liz
    November 8, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    never tried Sonia Kashuk’s nail polishes but I bought her make-up brushes and they were surprisingly great

    I’m kind of a gel manicure obsessive. The salon by my house does it for $18, and for $25 you can get it filled with holograms, glitter, rhinestones, 3d nail art, etc. It really does ruin my nails, so i end up getting a manicure basically a month, i let my nails breathe for a couple weeks between gels. I know it’s horrible but I cannot help it, i’m addicted!

    • Heather Fonseca November 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

      Liz I totally understand your addiction. I absolutely love having my nails done but they chip so quickly that gel is almost the only way to get a manicure that stays longer than a day. But do try the Sonia Kashuk one’s if you have a chance, maybe for that “in between” manicure. I really want to see if anyone else has the same experience.

  11. TJ Lubrano
    November 11, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    Oh how lovely! I love the dark blue! I usually wear Coffee Break from Orly and it stays on really well even though my days are filled with tons of things like draw/paint, household chores etc. Have to say, I also use a top and base coat. My sister is a nail polish addict and she can create the most fun patterns for her nails. It’s really cool to see, but for me…too time consuming haha. I am more of a classic type of girl, just one pretty color and I’m happy ^_^

    Have a lovely weekend!

    • Heather Fonseca November 12, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

      I will have to go check out “Coffee Break” as any polish that doesn’t chip is interesting to me, and I only have one of Orly and it’s in a sheer pink tone. I’m always amazed by people who can paint their nails all those interesting ways. Here I can draw women without a problem, but I can barely paint my own nails one color, let alone three!

  12. hautepinkpretty November 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    WOW i use her makeup brushes but never noticed her polish! I definitely need to check them out – my nail polish always chips the next day!
    Xox <3 An
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    • Heather Fonseca November 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

      If you do get some of her polish I’d love to know what you think!

  13. Stacey - Total City Girl
    November 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    I’m cracking up that you would spend $20 on a bottle of nail polish! That’s so crazy! I used to polish my nails all the time when i was in my 20’s. Now that I’m older and have kids, I have no patience. The chips just make me crazy!! My girls love it though. They like to give me manicures also – polishing each nail a different color. Gotta love it!
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    • Heather Fonseca November 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

      I do feel kinda silly spending so much money on the Deborah Lippman polishes. I actually find the bottles so pretty that I put them on display in the bathroom for a while though, so maybe I got my money’s worth?
      Your girls are still so young you probably won’t get back into the nail polish thing for a while. I totally lost interest when my children were little. Now I’m starting to want to have my nails polished again. Of course, the chips make me crazy too!

  14. Envious Gems November 14, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    When I was in high school and working part-time at a diner, we couldn’t wear nail polish because it could chip off and get in people’s food. I wonder if restaurants could make an exception for this polish? I’ll have to check my local stores to see if they have it!
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    • Heather Fonseca November 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

      Knowing how those kinds of rules are created, I doubt they’d ever make an exception. I hope you have a chance to try it! If so, please let me know if it works as well for you as it does for me.

  15. Catherine November 28, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Wow – I’m shocked and excited to try this polish out. I have a (small…ok major) obsession with essie, but they definitely don’t last more than two days without chipping. Now I’m trying to rack my brain to remember if my local Target even carries Sonia’s polish. I hope so – can’t wait to try!
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    • Heather Fonseca November 28, 2011 at 11:50 am #

      Hi Catherine. I just tried Essie and I’m pretty happy with it. It’s staying on my nails really well and it’s been almost a week. The other day I spoke with someone who told me that OPI stays on her nails for two weeks, while with me it only stays two days. I hope it isn’t just my nails! I’d love to know how the Sonia Kashuk polish does on your nails. Please let me know!

  16. Freida January 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    The best nail polish ever was made by Max Factor called Maxi Wear. They took it off the market years ago. I worked as a cashier and digging in the change drawer all day long the polish never chipped or wore off until you took it off with polish remover. It would last 2 weeks. I missed that polish.

    • Heather Fonseca January 22, 2012 at 11:07 am #

      I can’t find Max Factor makeup anywhere anymore, and they had some nice things. I wonder if they’re going to come out with a new line one day. If they do I’ll look for their nail polish! Thanks for the tip.

  17. JACLYN MORATH December 5, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Where can you buy Sonia Kashuk polish online? I went to her website but impossible to navigate to a buy now page?

    • Heather Fonseca December 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

      Hi Jaclyn,
      I have some links embedded into the article but if they don’t work try They sell all the Sonia kashuk line. Good luck and let me know how you like the polish!


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