No holiday is complete without a lovely new manicure, and if you’re the do it yourself kinda girl rather than a salon regular, as indeed we are at Fashion Bust, then you need a quality nail varnish with staying power.
While any brand would be hard pressed to stay looking tip top for the duration of a two-week beach break, gone are the days when your colour started to chip and peel off after a couple of days or the first washing up session. Some brands boast up to 11 days wear, and although we’ve rarely managed such a length of time without needing to remove and reapply, a week of lovely nails is within your grasp. Here are our top tips.
Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel
The brand promises ‘gel-like shine and up to 11 days of shatterproof colour’ if base and top coats are worn together. The polish is inspired by the salon trend for gel nails so the look is super shiny, flexible and chip resistant. There are more than 50 different shades available from pinks and reds to bright greens and blues and the obligatory nudes. For classically chic nails try Red Carpet. £7.99 from Boots.
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure
We love this nail polish from Sally Hansen because it is a true multitasker. Just one little bottle covers you for base and top coats as well as the added benefits of nail strengthening and growth enhancing treatments so you get a lovely shiny colour that lasts and is kind to your nails – perfect for summer. The brand promises up to ten days wear and there are loads of colours to choose from. Our current favourite is Jaded. £6.99 from Superdrug.
Avon Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel
This nail polish uses acrylic gel for a tough, glossy look and Avon claims you’ll get up to 12 days of ‘lasting colour, shine and nick-resistant finish’. Two coats are best topped with Avon’s Nailwear Pro+ Clear polish for super shine and you can choose from 38 different colours in plains and shimmery finishes. We’re big fans of the pretty pink of Coral Reef. £6 from Avon.
Opi Nail Lacquer
Opi is a long-standing brand with a solid reputation for both colours and endurance. A salon favourite, the US brand produces several collections a year and always has an array of fun fashion shades to choose from. It’s a little more pricey than most but gets great reviews, and you can expect shiny, glossy nails for at least a week. Try a daring bright orange such as On Collins Avenue once you’ve got a bit of tan. £11.50 from John Lewis.
Also on the pricier side but a firm favourite of the Fashion Bust team is Nails Inc. This is great quality polish that lasts that little bit longer, and there are always lots of new shades coming through. Buy the colours individually or in cost effective collections – we adore the Icecream and Sprinkles collection, £12 – and experiment with a brand that is always at the forefront of nail polish innovation. If you like your colours bold and bright, the new Kensington Park Road neon blue is a must. £11 from Nails Inc.