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    I Found A Nail Polish That Doesn't Chip And I'm Obsessed With It

    The best nail polish, hands down.

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    While I love *having* painted nails, I find the process a little annoying for several reasons:


    1) You have to sit still and not touch anything.

    2) They take forever to dry.

    3) Even when you think they're dry, they probably aren't.

    4) They're chipped within, like, a day.

    5) After seemingly no time at all, the polish gets clumpy and is difficult to apply.

    But I hate chipped nails and bare nails, so... I guess I have to suck it up.

    But when my mom got me a few bottles of Essie Gel Couture polish for my birthday, I fell in love. I decided to do a little ~experiment~ to see how long it would take for the polish to chip...

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    (This color is adorably called Gala-Vanting, and it's my absolute favorite.)

    ...and my nails didn't chip *at all* until EIGHT(!!) days after I'd painted them.

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    Even after that, it wasn't until the 10th day that my manicure really capped out.

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    As if eight days of beautiful nails weren't enough, I've found that it also dries so much faster than other polishes I've tried.


    AKA I can go back to eating chips in like five minutes.

    And the application is so smooth that my nails always look like I just walked out of the salon.


    This may be because of the polish's swirl-stem brush. (I'm not quite sure of the science here, but whatever it is, I love it.)

    Though it probably doesn't last as long as a gel manicure, I'd much rather just use the line's fancy top coat than spend 10 minutes waiting for my nails to bake under a radiation lamp.

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    All you have to do is apply two coats of the color followed by the top coat — the most important part! — and you're golden. (And you can read more about why those UV lamps probably aren't great for you here.)

    Colors pictured, from left: Twill Seeker, Style in Excess, Style Stunner, and Looks to Thrill.

    Plus, my nails feel sturdy as hell and the color doesn't fade!


    Get Essie Gel Couture polish from Amazon for $11.50 each, or a color–top coat combo for $18.50. Enjoy, queens.


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