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I bought myself a really nice new nail varnish yesterday, and put it on last night ready for a meeting I have today. Was really pleased with it. Well, I'm now on my way in to work, and have just noticed it's already chipping off around the edges! I'm really annoyed, as I think chipped varnish looks worse than none.
So does anyone have any secrets to make nail varnish actually stay on? I wouldn't even mind having occasional manicures if that was the answer, but a) I can't really afford it, and b) I seem to remember it still chips quickly when I do.
I have had a few gel manicures and quite often they have peeled off, however I have the most terrible bendy nails! Completely stumped my friend who did them she is very good and hasn't seen anything like it! They look beautiful though.
Shellac manicures....virtually indestructable for 2 to 3 weeks. Nothing shifts them. They are not gels or acrylics but use stuff that looks like nail varnish but is then set under a uv lamp, lots of base and top coat too, very very shiny Costs between $20 - £30, which is reasonable considering the staying power. Great range of colours too.
Thanks, sounds like it'll be quite easy to find somewhere then.
I used to use shellac to harden my ballet shoes when they went soft, and I thought it was beetle shells, but you could be right, I don't know! I'm not too bothered really, it's probably a synthetic alternative used for the manicures anyway. So long as it works!
The gel nails do wreck your nails once they come off. My own nails took about 6 months to recover, they were weak, tore easily and I couldn't grow them so I just had to keep them quite short until they improved, which after I'd had such beautiful nails for a year or two was really annoying.
Don't have an alternative answer though, sorry, I have the same problem. Toenails seem okay but any varnish on my fingernails just chips at the ends all the time. I wonder though if thats because I work in an office and spend a lot of time typing though.
Thanks Suchfun, I don't like the sound of that, don't think I'll try gels then. Might try what Mollymole said about painting the edge with top coat, I'd heard of that before, but not tried it. Sounds like a bit if a skill!
I swear by seche vite top coat - I get it off the internet from hq hair. It stops chips, but also dents, which I always used to get off my duvet if I did my nails at night. Lovely and shiny too, but do read the instructions cos it's slightly different to applying a normal topcoat.
Planet potty- you are getting a real bargain there, that's an amazing price. Another vote for shellac or gellish (same idea) here. I had my toes done over 3 weeks ago and it looks like I had it done yesterday. Problem is you have to go back to take it off which my salon charges extra for so when I last went, had a removal plus a full shellac pedicure it cost £48 which I think is a bit much. Having said that I love my toes so much I am considering getting it put on my fingers too tomorrow as I haven't done my fingers for years because I also hate to see chipped varnish.