Consumer Reports: Which nail polish lasts the longest?

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The nail color industry has enjoyed stellar growth in the past few years, as women head to salons for specialty services like gel manicures and pedicures.

But for a simple nail color change, women prefer to do it themselves.

Our partners at Consumer Reports Magazine tested seven polishes to find out which ones lasted the longest lasting.

Watch the test and see the results in the video player above.

Each polish was applied with a base and top coat if the brand had one.

Ten panelists tried the disguised polishes at home, while 10 panelists received a series of professional manicures with different polishes on alternating nails.

The polishes were checked at seven, 10 and 14 days.

A polish by Chanel was the most expensive at $27 for the color and another $52 for the base and top coat. But it chipped so quickly, most of the home panelists removed it early.

“It chipped the next day, even with a top coat and a base coat,” said Consumer Reports expert Jessica Vecchiano.

Which were the hands-down favorites?

Top Rated, Just $2

Surprisingly, a $2 polish available at Walgreens — Sinful Colors — came out on top. And the base and top coat together were just $8.

The polish still looked good after seven days, but it took slightly longer to dry than others.

Another winning polish: At $10, CND Vinylux Weekly Polish lived up to its name, still looking good after a week. It doesn’t need a base coat, and the top coat is $10.

Also a favorite — a $6 Revlon polish promises to last 11 days, and still looked okay when checked on day 10.  The base and top coat are $13.

So to keep your nails looking their best, pick a polish that lasts.

Good One-Step Polish

If you want a quick manicure and don’t have time for the whole base coat, top coat routine, Consumer Reports found some one-step polishes that looked pretty good at the end of a week.

They are Sally Hansen complete Salon Manicure for $7 and Covergirl Outlast for $5.


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