I’ve basically been doing my own manicures since I popped out of the womb, which means I’ve tested just about every nail polish formula that’s crossed my path. And recently I embarked on a self-assigned mission to find the longest-lasting formula out there. Here’s how my experiment went: I chose 10 of the most popular nail polish brands on the market, painted each of my nails with a different one, keeping the top and base coats the same for consistency. Here’s how each of the polishes measured up — be sure to keep our results in mind for your next at-home mani-pedi session.
Deborah Lippmann La Vie En Rose, $18, available here: I had to layer on three coats of this shade to get it to my desired level of opacity — which isn’t a longevity problem at all, but it’s worth mentioning nonetheless. I had to wait an extra-long time for it to dry, but it was worth it: This polish lasted an entire nine days without a single chip. It did have a few indents where I’d clearly gone too thick on the polish and had dinged it before it dried all the way, however.