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.
Do you have a favorite brand of nail polish? Have you tried the polish by Sonia Kashuk?
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