An Accidental Discovery| Tip for a Long Lasting Manicure

by West Parsons on June 6, 2012 · 5 comments

in nails

The ultimate quest of any mani-pedi-loving diva is one which lasts. For most, it simply does not happen, hence the invention of gel polish and minx nails. Personally, my polish never makes it past day two without a blemish.  Chips on chips on chips!  Half of any one nail would practically be bare  by the end of day 2 lol. I’ve tried every base coat, top coat, middle coat — anything you can think of.  #NoBueno.

Lately, my nails have been looking just a wee-bit dull and I figured I’d buff and shine these bad boys during my next mani-pedi.  I stopped by Ulta a picked up Revlon’s Crazy Shine.  The name of this buffer is right on the money! Anywho, I buff n’ shines, groomed, and then painted my nails as usual.  Base coat.  Polish color.  Top coat.  A few days later I noticed my polish was still in tact! No chips? What? No way!

The next week I polished again.  Same process. This time I switched my top coat from Out the Door to the God forbidden but totally awesome Seche Vite.  Again, my polish lasted the entire week. The third go ’round I figured I’d document and share because, hey, I think I’ve just solved the 8th wonder of the world!  The pic below is what my nails looked like on the 4th day. There is noticeable tip wear (which is probably shrinkage from the Seche Vite) and some peeling of the striping tape,  but no major chips!

MORE: Splurge or Save: The Fast Drying Top Coat Showdown

I’m not going to pretend to understand the science of this all, but maybe you do! Nail Colors: Revlon Impulsive & Revlon Posh

WRITTEN FOR: KayJay at Refined & Polished

Tell me! How do you suppose this happened?


Raven June 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I had the same problem. Sometimes my nails would last 3 days but that was rare. I’m gonna try buffing my nails first next time and see how it works.

KayJay at Refined & Polished June 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Thanks for the guest post doll!

westNDNbeauty June 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm

No prob doll!

Cara butler July 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm

What is striping tape? Where can I find it?!

westNDNbeauty July 13, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Hi Cara! You can find stripping tape here. My bff has a nail blog and she uses stripping tape a bit differently. See her blog post here