Nail Polish That Doesn’t Chip? Oh, yeah.

Posted on October 28, 2009 by in Beauty

Not Really A Waitress

Not Really A Waitress

It’s been years since I painted my fingernails with anything but a clear coat.

My toenails?  Pretty those babies up with reds and pinks and purples!

But my fingers?  No way.

There is nothing tackier than chipped fingernail polish, and even a manicure from the Ritz Carlton spa cannot make colored nail polish stay on my fingers.  The last time I had a manicure was on the way to the airport before a weekend trip.  By the time I reached the hotel in my destination city, my polish was chipped and peeling.

I vowed then and there to never paint my nails again.

Luckily, last spring I discovered how to fix my soft, peeling nails and make my natural manicure look beautiful.  What I didn’t realize at the time was that I held the key to my polish woes.

I apply Nail Tek II Nailcare to my fingernails almost every day.  Once a week I wipe down my nail beds with nail polish remover and start over.  It’s given me longer, stronger nails than I’ve ever had in my life.

Last week, I picked up a new bottle of Nail Tek II and happened to read the back of the packaging.

“APPLY DAILY as a top coat over polish.”

Could it be?

My lovely friend Becky, the same woman who turned me on to the Nail Tek II in the first place, insisted during her recent visit that we get pedicures and manicures.  I looked at the dark red polish, considered my 80s pop star Halloween costume, and remembered the instructions on the Nail Tek bottle.

I took the plunge.

Freshly polished nails

Freshly polished nails

Immediately after I got home from the salon, I put a coat of Nail Tek II on my fingernails over the fresh nail polish.  Shortly after, I took a shower, washed my hair, and checked my nails.  The nail polish had survived a shower – which was already an improvement.

Five days, five showers, three loads of dishes, one party, and roughly 30 hours of typing later, and my nail polish looks like this:

5 Days After Manicure

5 Days After Manicure

Look, Ma!  No chips!

Look, Ma! No chips!

My nails aren’t quite as perfectly smooth and fresh looking as they were right after I left the salon, but I feel very comfortable walking around with them like this.

What I’ve done is add one coat of Nail Tek II every day before I get in the shower.  It only takes about 30 seconds for it dry completely and I can get on with the business of my morning routine.

While I appreciate the natural look of a clear coat manicure, I’m excited about the idea of being able to paint my nails with colored nail polish again.  I can have girl hands!  (I mean, kind of, if you ignore the fingers and stuff.)

Nail Tek II is cheap, cheap, cheap and lasts forever.  I had my first bottle for about 10 months.  You can get get Nail Tek Nail II at for $10.99. OR, you can get 2 for $8 at Amazon.

(The color, by the way, is Not Really A Waitress by OPI.)

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Posted on October 28, 2009 by in Beauty


27 Responses to “Nail Polish That Doesn’t Chip? Oh, yeah.”
  1. BreNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sold! I’ll let you know how it works for me because my nails are THE WORST! Ha. I’m excited about the prospect of having “girl hands” too!

  2. Chibi JeebsNo Gravatar says:

    Holy crap! I’m sold, too — I don’t paint my finger nails for the same reason you don’t. I don’t have trouble with growth/peeling, but the chipping polish drives me to distraction. Woot! :)

  3. AshleighNo Gravatar says:

    Love this stuff. I use it after my fast drying topcoat is applied and have shiny no chipped nails for 5-7 days or until I get so bored with the color that I change it. And Not Really A Waitress is currently my toe color:)

  4. steenNo Gravatar says:

    Awesome! I love painting my nails but it lasts a day or two. I bought the Seche Vite topcoat most salons use but I may try this instead. You rock!

  5. I… thought this is where we buy YOU things… I came looking to get something for u off ur wishlist. But what a great review! I’m on it already. I heart you.

  6. ValerieNo Gravatar says:

    Greetings from New Orleans. Got to try some Nail Tek. My nails grow fast & get very long. I like to paint them but they chip too easily even with a top cost. I’ll definitely try the Nail Tek over Vixen OPI polish or (an old fav) Sante Fe Sand. I have “I’m not a waitress on my toes too! Merci Beaucoup!

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