nail polish that promises to last all week {we’ll see …}

There is something so feminine and delicate, well-kept and polished about a woman with glossy painted fingernails.


I just wish it wouldn’t chip so quickly.

I love getting manicures and I even enjoy painting my own nails, but I just can’t seem to keep polish on. I realize I’m hard on my hands {although I have started wearing rubber gloves while washing dishes which makes me feel like an old lady but feels amazing on my over-dry winter skin} and I do a terrible job of keeping up on regular manicures {the last real one I had done was months ago}. I have tried gel polish which is supposed to look good for several weeks, but even that begins to lift and peel within a few days and it weakens my prone-to-chip nails.

While perusing instagram one day, the most adorable Darby posted about this new polish – which promises to last for a week, doesn’t require uv lights or professional application, and costs the same as nicer drug store polish.


There are many great colors to choose from and you just have to use the special top coat to seal and protect the polish. It actually hardens over time with exposure to sunlight and should resist chipping and peeling for one week.


I ordered two colors from a soft neutral that I like for everyday and this bright red just for fun. And, of course, the top coat.


For my first try a few weeks ago, the polish didn’t quite make it a full week, but it was definitely longer-lasting than my regular Esse brand nail polish. I’m hoping it will stay on longer this time. I really do love the look of polished nails and if this actually lasts on my nails, I’ll be very excited.

Have you tried this brand? Any luck? Or do you have helpful tips for us chippy-nail-polish-wearers? Please share …

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71 Responses to nail polish that promises to last all week {we’ll see …}

  1. Rebecca January 15, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    Try Sally Hansen Insta Dri…in clear…as a top coat. I use it as a base coat as well. And a bonus… It dries so quickly you can slip your toes under the covers within minutes of your pedi. :)

  2. Lisa Gutierrez January 15, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    I’m another recent Jamberry convert! I stay home with three kids and have nevvvvver been able to keep polish on my nails. I just took a set of “jams” off today on day 12. And they have so many fun designs, along with solids. I actually loved them so much I decided to host a party as a birthday gift to myself so I could get more. ;). It ends Sat night (1/18). (link if anyone wants to check out the mannnny options!) Their current special is buy 3 get 1 free.

  3. Ann January 15, 2014 at 10:42 pm #

    Had a mani/pedi at the Canyon Ranch Spa in Las Vegas. This is the only polish they have. You pick your colors and leave with the polish. Lasted two weeks, just a little harder to remove. Love this product!

  4. tiggerlilly January 15, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

    Shellac and gel goes on my hands because my nails are very thin, but vinylux goes on my toes and it lasts 6 weeks and still looks nice. They keep coming out with new shades and have quite a nice variety now. I have been using it for a couple of years and really love it.

  5. Fish & Flatbread Girl January 15, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    Do you know Darby? Or is it a blog connection? We use to go to church together. I find it such a small world when I am reading your blog and keep up with her on Instagram and you mentioned her!

    I too am curious about this nail polish. I actually found using an all purpose base & topcoat, with Essie/London Butter/Zoya with (don’t laugh) Pam spray has kept my polish last a week or so with barely a small chip!

    • emily January 16, 2014 at 11:54 pm #

      I don’t know darby, but have been a long time blog/instagram fan :)

  6. Amanda January 15, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    I can’t remember the last time I painted my nails. It couldn’t have been my wedding, that was 12 years ago! But I too wear old lady dish gloves. I smear my hands with a heavy cream, put them on, and do the dishes. The heat plus lotion has a lovely result! Boo winter skin!

  7. Stefanie January 15, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

    As a former hairstylist (with my hands constantly in the water shampooing clients) with access to professional beauty products, I found a system that works for me and keeps my polish looking good for 5-7 days.
    First, use an acetone polish remover (i use Target’s Up&Up brand). Even if your nails are already polish free, I still do this right before polishing. It gets rid of oils on your nails that can cause lifting and peeling.
    Next, I use CND’s Sticky basecoat. Then two coats of polish (I’m a big fan of OPI and Essie and rarely use anything else because I find they don’t last as long). Lastly, I finish with a coat of Essie’s Good to Go topcoat.
    Another added bonus…I don’t know if it’s the base or topcoat or the combo, but my nails dry super fast. Like seriously, dry to the touch in a couple of minutes, which is huge because I’m super impatient when it comes to waiting for my nails to dry!
    Good luck!

  8. Etheline January 16, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    This sounds promising. I’ve been using Essie for a long time now {I love their color selection} but maybe something new would be good too. Thanks for sharing. I look forwards to hearing the results.
    Her Eclectic Life

  9. Jill January 16, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    My manicures used to last only a day or two as a small chip would lead to the whole thing being able to be peeled off. My hairdresser told me to use CND’s Stickey, two coats of polish, another coat of Stickey, and then a top coat. My nails last at least two weeks!! I only use bright red Essie polish so it’s important that they don’t chip. My nail salon uses Stickey but only as a base coat, but I bring my own and they don’t mind the extra coat!

  10. rachel January 17, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    Thanks for the tip! I will have to try this as I am also a victim of chippy nails in a matter of a day or two!

  11. Angela January 18, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    My mother in law loves vinylux and says it stays on her hands for two weeks and toes even longer. I just tried it for first time so we’ll see how long they last. The lady at my nail salon said you can use the vinylux top coat with Esse or OPI and it will make those brands last longer too.

  12. Beth January 25, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    Vinylux does last – nearly a week in my experience – however, after multiple weeks of constant use I found it really dried & damaged my natural nail. It has taken several months to grow out the weak & peeling nail bed to where they are strong & healthy again.

  13. Adie January 26, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    I got one last week too for my sister’s wedding. I wanted the shallaq, but nail technician recommended the VinylLux. I like the color, but it started chipping in a couple of days. Even with gloves on while washing dishes….bummed.

  14. Ginger November 19, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

    I like it, but my nails peel so bad when I remove it. I’m going to try capping the free edge to see if that helps.

  15. sarah January 3, 2015 at 6:13 pm #

    Can you please give me the details of this blue and white top you are wearing? I am sure it is old but I’d love to find it on ebay if so. Your style is darling.

    • emily January 4, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

      My shirt is from Gap – years ago!

  16. annie January 8, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    Did it last???

    • emily January 9, 2015 at 10:30 am #

      The polish does okay. Definitely stays longer than regular, but I’m very hard on my nails so it really only looks good for about 5 days. I would still say it’s worth it!

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