Well, I’m reporting back. I tried a Revlon Colorstay long wear nail polish manicure. You might remember that I was looking for an alternative to a salon gel manicure: Yes, the gel manicure goes on easy, looks fantastic, and lasts about three weeks on my fingers. BUT the removal process — the acetone-soaked cotton balls balanced on my fingernails, which were wrapped in aluminum foil and encased in plastic gloves — dried out my cuticles big time after having a series of gel manicures. I could almost live with that. BUT over time, as the nail tech used an emery board to remove stubborn traces of the polish, I was left with brittle nails, prone to peeling, that were scraped. I didn’t see the cumulative damage to my nails until about the fourth gel manicure removal. That’s when I went cold turkey and stopped getting the gel manicures so I could get my nails back to normal. It took many, many weeks, but they are lookin’ good once again.
I bought the Revlon Colorstay base, color and top enamels — since I wanted to give the polish it’s best chance of lasting “up to 11 days” and perhaps coming close to the salon gel manicures as far as shine and longevity. And I took the polishes to my local nail salon and had the tech apply them.
I left the salon with completely dried nails and hope in my heart that the manicure would last at least ten days on me. I recognize that’s not the three weeks the gel manicures lasted, but hey, it’s better than a regular manicure lasts on me (five to seven days).
Days passed. I lived my life. And I looked at my nails every so often to see how they were faring. After ten days, this is what my nails looked like:
Is it better than a gel manicure as far as longevity, shiny and durability? No. Is it better than a regular manicure? Yes. But my search continues for a long-lasting shiny manicure that remains intact for two-plus weeks! Let me know if you find the perfect manicure, ok?