Is there a trick to getting nail varnish to stay on?

(33 Posts)
Methe Sun 05-Jan-14 14:23:59

Is it down to the price of the varnish used, the brand or the application?

I do my nails and within a could of hours they chip and crack and look shit. It's the same whether I use cheap rimmel £2.99 stuff or the marginally more expensive £8 revlon sort. I've never tried anything more expensive than that.

There must be a knack. Any tips?

Ifancyashandy Sun 05-Jan-14 18:24:46

Seche Vite. And Essie nail polish. Revlon is shit IME.

Buff your nails too, to get rid of any ridges - irregularities mean chips.

Ifancyashandy Sun 05-Jan-14 18:25:44

And yy to Jessica and OPI polishes being great. I also think Chanel are rubbish.

Whatfun Sun 05-Jan-14 18:31:18

Let me know if you think the technique works for you.

DameDoom Sun 05-Jan-14 18:40:53

Base coat, any old nail polish, seche vite and short nails. You can get triple packs of seche vite reasonably on Amazon and they also do a thinner because it gets very gloopy, very quickly. Always store SV upright too. I could not be faffed to do my nails if I didn't use base and SV - tis genius.

louwn Sun 05-Jan-14 18:49:26

Whatfun - will be doing my nails tonight so I'll let you know!

MissScatterbrain Sun 05-Jan-14 19:19:29

My cheapy (i.e Barry M/Rimmel) polishes last for 5-7 days.

Tips are:

Short clean nails
Base coat & top coat
Two coats of polish
Do not do anything for an hour afterwards (I tend to do my nails in the evenings while watching TV)
Rubber gloves for washing up/housework

LadyMud Sun 05-Jan-14 20:14:24

"I'm normally busy dogging . . . at the weekend" shock

Methe Sun 05-Jan-14 20:34:18

I'm surprised its taken this long for someone to pick up on that typo grin

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