Long Lasting Nail Polish for Natural Nails (from the drugstore!)

Long Lasting Nail Polish for Natural Nails from the drugstore - The Style ConfessionsI’ve written about my struggles with my weak, soft, nails, natural nails in the past. My manicures used to last between a few hours to a couple days before chipping, then I found a polish that didn’t chip immediately and realized that there must be other brands that make long lasting nail polish for natural nails. I have now found what has to be my “Holy Grail” of laquer for soft, weak, nails, and it is not by an expensive company. It’s by Wet N Wild.

Long Lasting Nail Polish for Natural Nails - The Style Confessions

Above: “Sugar Coat” by Wet N Wild

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Long Lasting Nail Polish for Natural Nails

For years I just assumed that there was no hope that I’d ever find a polish that lasted longer than a weekend, then I found Sonia Kashuk polish, and realized that not all nail polish is created equal. Sonia Kashuk’s polish is great. It lasts several days without chipping but the color range is very limited. I wondered if there were other brands that offered long lasting nail polish for natural nails at the drugstore. I searched on line reviews, tried different brands on sale, and asked salespeople for advice. Finally I stumbled upon the last line of cosmetics that I ever thought would deliver a good-quality nail polish. Wet N Wild Megalast nail color only costs $2 for a bottle, but the lasting power is spectacular. After years of searching I’ve found a polish that lasts for almost a week with no chips.

Wet N Wild Megalast Nail Color in Club Havana – Day 1

Wet N Wild Megalast Nail Color in Club Havana - Day 1

Wet N Wild Megalast Nail Color in Club Havana – Day 6

Wet N Wild Megalast Nail Color in Club Havana - Day 6 and no chips!

OK, so my nails don’t look perfect after 6 days of wear, but, there are NO Chips. You can see that the polish has worn down at the tips, but other than that they stayed strong and true even on my weak, soft, natural nails. Incredible! No really. It’s shocking to me how long this polish lasts.

Wet N Wild Megalast Nail Polish – My Favorite Colors

Long Lasting Nail Polish for Natural Nails

Above are some of my favorite colors in the Wet N Wild Megalast nail collection. Until a few months ago there were only a few colors to choose from but they’ve recently expanded their line. Wet n Wild’s colors are not subtle, but they offer a good range of options from natural to classic to wild to goth. I will definitely continue to shop the line to find new options, but so far these are my favorite colors. From left to right:

  • Wet Cement – dark taupe
  • Break the Ice – shimmery sheer bright white
  • 2% Milk – sheer natural-white
  • Sugar Coat – semi-sheer pale pink
  • Club Havana – bright coral creme (The color appears lighter in the bottle)
  • I Red a Good Book – bright blood red

If you’d like to see how these colors look out of the bottle this article from Make Up Is My Hobby presents photos of the polish on the author’s nails.

A Short, Wide, Brush for Easy Application

You should also know that the brush is not a normal, skinny, long brush. It’s short, wide and has a curved edge. I really like it because it makes application easier for me. One big swoosh of polish and the first coat is on. The top of the bottles shows a drawing of the brush but I think the real thing is even shorter and fatter.

Wet n Wild megalast nail polish

Wet n Wild does not seem to offer a base coat so I use my own. My new favorite is the Nail Rebuilding Protein by Barielle. At $17 it’s not cheap but I’ve seen an improvement in my nails since I started using it last year. I still use Seche Vite as my quick-dry top coat of choice.

long lasting nail polish for natural nails

Have you ever tried Wet n Wild megalast nail polish? If so, does it last as long for you?

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14 Responses to Long Lasting Nail Polish for Natural Nails (from the drugstore!)

  1. Pam
    June 3, 2013 at 3:42 am #

    Love that coral…thanks for the tip…always good to know about one that lasts longer! Have a great Monday!
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    • Heather Fonseca June 4, 2013 at 10:28 am #

      Thanks Pam! I’m always excited to find inexpensive beauty options that work as well as their more expensive cousins. In this case I think they work better!

  2. Adrienne June 3, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    Thanks for sharing! I am very hard on my hands, and most nail polish ends up chipping within a day or two. I will try these for sure 🙂
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    • Heather Fonseca June 4, 2013 at 10:27 am #

      Thanks Adrienne. Let me know what you think of it!

  3. nofearoffashion June 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Have to skip this post. Cannot wear nail polish. Sad but true.
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  4. Karin Skov June 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Hi Heather,

    I have exactly the same problem with chipping of the nail polish. I always wear polish as my nails are very soft and breaky. I’ll now surely look for the Wet n’ Wild polish in DK.

    One more expensive brand is Sally Hansen, which I have now used for 1 year and 1/2. The brush is like you describe, short and thick, and they offer several different special topcoats, quick drying drops etc.

    Sunny regards from Denmark
    Karin 🙂

    • Heather Fonseca June 4, 2013 at 10:26 am #

      Hi Karin. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hate to say it but I haven’t tried a Sally Hansen polish though I have heard that their polishes are very good. I’ll have to pick one up!

  5. Marla Robinson June 4, 2013 at 4:07 am #

    I regret that I have totally given up polishing my nails. Polish and polish removers just made my nails softer and more brittle. I have totally given up polish for 2013 and have been treating my nails with conditioner and they are so much stronger. Now if I want painted polish I just pop on my Impress nails. They look real, are super easy, and most importantly they don’t damage my nails.

    • Heather Fonseca June 4, 2013 at 10:24 am #

      Hi Marla. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’ve never tried Impress Nails but I’m glad they work for you.

  6. Moe a.k.a. June 4, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    I love polishes with the wide brushes, I find it easier to get a better application. I have not used W&W in years. I’ll have to check out their latest colors. I’m curious how the orange was to remove? I had a orange recently that tinted my nails even though I had a base coat on.

  7. Stacey - Total City Girl
    June 10, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    I’ll have to give it a try!
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    • Heather Fonseca June 12, 2013 at 11:49 am #

      Please do try the polish and let me know if it works for you as well as for me.

  8. Imagique Nail Salon June 19, 2013 at 1:52 am #

    The wide brush is great for those who needs to apply polish quickly. It also minimizes the tendency to smudge.