A Quick Glance…
The longevity of nail polish can vary widely based on several factors, including the quality of the polish, the application method, and how the hands are used. On average, a traditional nail polish can last from 5 to 7 days without significant chipping when properly applied, while a gel polish, which requires UV or LED light for curing, can last up to two weeks or more. However, it’s important to note that nail health and proper nail care practices also play a crucial role in the durability of the polish. Additionally, even the best quality nail polish can start to thicken or separate in the bottle after about two years, which can affect its application and longevity on the nails.
What are the different types of nail polish?
There are a number of different types of nail polish to choose from, however you should consider your own personal likes and dislikes when deciding on the right polish for you. You may find different colors appealing because they complement your eyes, or maybe it’s the shiny finish or the way that they make your nails look healthier.
Whatever reason you have for choosing one type over another is fine, so long as you’re aware that certain types last longer than others.
Gel Nail Polish
This type of nail polish is loved by many because it’s long lasting, shiny and it can be molded into any design. It actually resembles the look of a gel, so it is easy to understand how it got its name. This type of nail polish does last longer than other types, and the colors are more vibrant, however they are typically going to cost you more money. This may be worth the price, especially if you care for your nails frequently.
Acrylic Nail Polish
The acrylic nail polish is also referred to as gel nails. This type of polish is extremely long lasting, and it’s a great option for those who are rough on their hands and don’t take the time to keep their nails healthy. One of the biggest drawbacks to this type of polish is that the acetone that you need to use in order to remove it will damage your nails if it isn’t removed properly from your skin on a consistent basis.
Chrome Nail Polish
The chrome nail polish is a type of powder that you can add to your nail polish. The powder produces a chrome look when it is applied over the nail. This type of nail polish is great for those who want to have a chrome look for a night out, but who don’t want to commit to having their nails that color permanently. You can still see your natural nails through the chrome polish, making this a good option for those who are trying to make their nails look healthier.
Lacquer or Regular Nail Polish
The lacquer or regular nail polish is a popular option because it’s affordable and easy to find. This nail polish does not last as long as others, and you will likely have to reapply it often. However, you can change up the design easily enough by simply changing the color.
Spotting an expired nail polish
Nail polish that goes bad gets cloudy and thick. This happens when the chemicals in the polish separate. If you notice any changes to your nail polish, it’s best to throw it away. If you must use it, make sure to thin it out with some nail polish remover before applying. You can also pour a little into a bottle of clear nail polish and add that to the bad one.
Thinning out nail polish:
- Remove the lid from the old bottle and add dried up thinner onto a piece of cardboard
- Put the lid on the old nail polish bottle directly on top of the new thinner-soaked cardboard
- Apply pressure; shake vigorously for at least a minute
- Pour the old nail polish into a funnel and thin it out with clear nail polish. (You can also apply 2 layers of top coat before putting on your fresh color.)
- Give the new polish 24 hours to dry out before using
- Thin out your base coat and top coat with some thinner, too.
There are a few things you can do to make sure your nail polish lasts as long as possible:
- Keep it stored in a cool, dry place away from sunlight
- Do your nails in batches; do one hand, then do the other.
- Try to keep the polish off your skin and cuticles.
- Don’t leave the polish on your nails longer than recommended on the label.
- Clean up any spills immediately; it will help prevent staining on your finished product and also prevent damage to your skin and nails over time.
- Use a base coat and top coat with your polish to help it last longer.
Considering the amount of time and money people spend on their nails, it’s important they get the best use out of them. Taking care of them in between manicures is also just as essential to their longevity.
How often should you get a gel manicure?
The best answer is every 4-6 weeks. Gels don’t last as long as regular manicures, but you can still get a nice looking shellac manicure with a gel treatment every four to six weeks for the same price of a regular manicure. If you want to extend the life of your gel, you can use a base coat and top coat. A good gel polish will last about a month before needing to be redone.
Nail polish is a fun way to express yourself, and it’s important to know that there are different types of nail polish on the market. You should also keep in mind the lifespan of your polish, so you can make the best choices for your lifestyle. Make sure to pace yourself, and take care of your nails.