The 5 Longest-Lasting Nail Polishes
Yes, a gel manicure stays put for forever and a half. But increasing evidence of possible dangers associated with the practice has spurred us to try gentler alternatives that don’t require UV light. Here, five totally safe, remarkably long-lasting options.
CND Vinylux ($10)
Wear: 7 to 8 days
Pro: It’s the perfect combo of regular polish and shellac.
Con: If you don’t use the accompanying topcoat, it chips pretty easily.
Butter London Tops & Tails Set ($38)
Wear: 7 to 10 days without chips
Pro: The base-and-topcoat duo can be used with all of the polishes you already own.
Con: Handle with care—the topcoat needs at least a few minutes to dry or you risk denting your hard work.
Wear: A solid 10 days without chipping
Pro: Not only is this polish long-lasting, it’s also free of harmful toxins like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP (dibutyl phthalate). The extensive line offers more than 300 colors, and it’s even vegan-friendly.
Con: It stays put so well that it's hard to get off. Try PureWow's polish removal trick with this brand.
Additional reporting by Brianna Lapolla