Today for Makeup Wars we’re sharing some of our favorite nail polish brands. I admit that initially I was going to share Smith and Cult as I’m obsessed with Fauntleroy, Regret the Moon and have been really wanting Gay Ponies Dancing in Snow. But, I was too lazy to swap out my manicure this am for pictures (true story).
In fact, over the last few years without even realizing it, I’ve somehow amassed a collection of Chanel nail polishes, and they’ve become my go-to polish brand. I was wearing my basic light pink manicure, Chanel Ballerina, this morning. It was leftover from an event on Friday, and despite being about 5 days out you can see that the manicure itself looks pretty good. My cuticles not so much now, but that’s a whole different story, mostly involving dish washing, lots of time with young children and no time for self care.
If you had told me about 4 or 5 years ago that my favorite polish brand would be Chanel, I would have laughed in your face. True, they have great colors, amazing shimmers and creams, but I couldn’t get the polish to last more than about 24 hours without a chip. Compared to my OPI and Essie (5-7 days chip free), Chanel polishes were very high maintenance and not generally worth the hassle.
But, you guys, the Chanel Le Gel Coat is a total game changer! I had tried all possible combinations of base coats and top coats previously, without much success. But the combination of ORLY Bonder Basecoat with the Le Gel Coat on top gets me about 5 days of great looking nails, without chips. Note, this only seems to work with Chanel polish, I haven’t noticed it making a difference for other brands. So, I still use Seche Vite for other brands of polish.
Since I’ve been collecting these polishes for years, I do have some favorites that are discontinued. Here’s a quick peek at some of my favorites! From left to right:
457 Tulipe Noire
Not Pictured (because I just finished the bottle) is Vamp
What’s your favorite nail polish brand? I’d love to know what works great for you!