During New York Fashion Week, I spent an absurd amount of time paying attention to nail polish, like CND’s five shades of “greige” for Marc Jacobs, each one mixed from five other shades.
Watching the girls get their nails done backstage was a marathon. They’d go through five manicures a day, and not have to worry about a single chip. But when it comes to your nails, in real life and not on the runway, how much are you willing to spend? And have you found that the higher the price tag the better the quality?
Chanel might make the best colors, but two coats chip within two days. You might have the trendiest nails, but you’ll be out $23 and re-applying every other day.
The same with the Minx (which isn’t nail polish, but maybe better). The little patterned stickers are about twice as expensive, $55 at Bliss, but start to peel off within a few days.
So what actually works?
We’ve been staring at Kate’s lavendar EssieOPI retails for about $9 and if you’re not doing dishes, it can last for over a week.
My new obsession, however, comes from Maybelline. Their Express Finish Nail Color sells for $4.25 and is the best polish I’ve worn in a long time. They sent over a handful of pastel polishes while Britt was still in Paris and it lasted until this morning, barely chipped.
As for something fancy that actually lasts, Valley, on Elizabeth Street, adds a layer of gel to their nail art, whether it’s the Minx or a hand painted design, which makes them last twice as long and costs an extra $20.
Do you have more luck with $8 Essie? Or do you swear by $20-something Chanel?