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When you put nail polish on your nails, how long does it last before it starts to chip etc.?

I don't bother doing my nails often, because whenever I do the polish starts coming off/looking bad the next day. I've tried various brands of nail polish, doing one layer vs. several, etc. and it happens pretty much irregardless. I have no idea why this is, it's not like I wash my hands with OCD frequency or anything....anyone have any ideas?
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[User Picture]From: vinolent
2012-11-19 03:31 am (UTC)

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I can't even make it through a full day without chipping at least one
[User Picture]From: elsewhereangel
2012-11-19 03:34 am (UTC)

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You might have oily nails naturally. It's harder for the polish to stick to them. I love nail polish but have basically given up as a result of this.
[User Picture]From: hipslikehell
2012-11-19 04:40 am (UTC)

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this is what i came here to say
[User Picture]From: crucified
2012-11-19 03:35 am (UTC)

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1 or 2 days. It doesn't take long at all for it to start chipping for me, even if I put a top coat on it.
[User Picture]From: verygwen
2012-11-19 03:36 am (UTC)

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I got gel polish done about 2 weeks ago and it stood up very well until 2-3 days ago.
[User Picture]From: dandeliion
2012-11-19 03:37 am (UTC)

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I've had pretty good experiences with Essie polish, it usually lasts at least a few days before it starts to chip and their glitter polishes are practically impossible to get off.
[User Picture]From: 911pleasehold
2012-11-19 04:03 am (UTC)

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I hate that about glitter nail polish!!!
[User Picture]From: salamandertoast
2012-11-19 03:38 am (UTC)

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A week or two? I wash my hands far too frequently and have a tendency to smack them into things all the time, but I've found if I use 10-day polish with a clear coat over it that the paint job keeps pretty well.
[User Picture]From: 234_am
2012-11-19 03:39 am (UTC)

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nail polish lasts about 48 hours with me, but if i use an anti-chip clear coat sometimes a bit longer. i have revlon extra life no chip top coat and it works okay...
[User Picture]From: schexyschteve
2012-11-19 03:40 am (UTC)

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Usually it starts chipping by the next day
[User Picture]From: mzkitteh
2012-11-19 03:41 am (UTC)

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It depends on the brand I use. Some can start to chip within hours, while others can least a week. I normally stick to Zoya's polishes because I have the best luck with them.
[User Picture]From: h20
2012-11-19 03:41 am (UTC)

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~3 days.

Try applying thin layers.

Edited at 2012-11-19 03:46 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: ohohmeaghan
2012-11-19 03:47 am (UTC)

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My right hand pointer finger can't last a day because of the computers at work.

PS: irregardless?
[User Picture]From: cardiovascular
2012-11-19 03:48 am (UTC)

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About 5 days or more. Wipe your fingers with a little vinegar before polishing them. Then I use a clear nail strengthening polish, and few thin coats of color, then more of the strengthening. I usually touch up the top coat every other day.
[User Picture]From: sicher
2012-11-19 03:48 am (UTC)

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Like five minutes after it's dry, to be honest. I'm apparently really hard on my nails, who knew.
[User Picture]From: sugarbob46
2012-11-19 03:54 am (UTC)

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i can usually get a week out of them
[User Picture]From: 911pleasehold
2012-11-19 04:02 am (UTC)

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I never do my nails, ever. I mean, I get my nails done but I never paint them. I suck at that, so time consuming, almost crippling because when they're drying, you can't do shit and I always forget and fuck them up and then need to fix them...on and on.

When I did paint my nails, I think it lasted a good while for me.
[User Picture]From: socraticomatic
2012-11-19 12:27 pm (UTC)

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"almost crippling because when they're drying, you can't do shit and I always forget and fuck them up"

If you get a fast-drying top coat like Seche Vite or Poshe or Out the Door or Essie's Good to Go, that's not an issue.
[User Picture]From: dreamabella
2012-11-19 04:20 am (UTC)

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My advice is to use OPI base coat and OPI top coat. Doesn't matter what brand of polish is in between, it makes last a lot longer. I prefer OPI, China Glaze, or Essie polishes, but if I use the OPI base and top coats, I can even make the cheaper drug store brands like Sally Hansen last a few days. I've been wearing my current polish for about a week now. They haven't necessarily chipped, but they wear down on the tips, and you can see the nail grown near the cuticle because it's not covered in polish.

I used to have the same problem, but ever since I discovered OPI, I can wear just about anything and it actually lasts! I love OPI. :0) I hope that helps!
[User Picture]From: grimalkinrn
2012-11-19 04:25 am (UTC)

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My nail polish chips off the next day, and I use a top and bottom coat, AND I started using Zoya products. I'm close to giving up on nail polish.
[User Picture]From: h20
2012-11-19 07:00 am (UTC)

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Zoya is notorious for not playing nice with base or topcoats that are not fellow Zoya brands (one reason why my extensive collection doesn't include a single bottle by them).

Edited at 2012-11-19 07:00 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: grimalkinrn
2012-11-19 08:36 am (UTC)

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I didn't know this, but it happens with every polish I use. Also, I can't work with nailpolish on, so I end up taking it off after a couple of days anyway.
[User Picture]From: alexi_lupin
2012-11-19 04:37 am (UTC)

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I hate having my fingernails painted. It makes me way too self-conscious about what I'm doing with my hands.

I got my toenails done for a wedding though and they stayed perfect for weeks and weeks because I wear closed shoes most of the time.
[User Picture]From: kaelstra
2012-11-19 04:46 am (UTC)

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Have you tried using a primer first, then using top coat to seal it? You might get better results. I had terrible luck with nail polish (I only paint my toenails, the feeling of nail polish on my fingers drives me up a wall) until I found a primer and used that. Then the polish lasted a lot longer.
[User Picture]From: we_are_filth
2012-11-19 07:45 am (UTC)

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I always use a bottom coat, two thin layers of polish and a top coat. I am not particularly gentle with my nails and it'll last a week easy
but I do generally have hideous skin reactions to nail polish so I take it off myself a day or two after I've painted them.
[User Picture]From: failstoexist
2012-11-19 11:19 am (UTC)

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Usually they last 4-5 days nicely and then I can get away with them until a week is up. Right now I've got some vitamin deficiencies that I'm working on, but my nails are still very brittle, easily broken, and will hold polish for approximately 5 minutes without problems. They're just not smooth textured enough and it chips in random places where there are ridges. As that improves and they grow out, I expect fewer problems.
[User Picture]From: socraticomatic
2012-11-19 12:24 pm (UTC)

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Chips - 5-6 days. Minor tip wear - 3-4 days.

I'm quite particular and careful about how I apply it, though.

- Use a base coat AND a top coat from a decent brand, preferably a salon brand.
- There's a technique called "Wrapping the tips" when applying polish which helps it last longer: http://the-polished-perfectionist.blogspot.com.au/2010/12/how-to-wrap-your-tips.html
[User Picture]From: starrchilde
2012-11-19 12:24 pm (UTC)

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Usually I get more than a week out of mine, but I go over each nail with remover before painting to remove any oils, then I paint in thin coats and always do three. If I remember I'll put a topcoat on, but that doesn't usually happen.
[User Picture]From: photogfrog
2012-11-19 01:49 pm (UTC)

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2-3 days
[User Picture]From: iguanasdefuego
2012-11-20 02:06 am (UTC)

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Depending on the polish, how many coats I do, whether I do a top coat, and what I'm doing at work, they last anywhere from a couple days to a week or more without chipping. I take off my nail polish once a week to redo, so some may very well last more than a week but I wouldn't know how long.

If I use OPI and do several thin coats with two top coats, it'll last a week easy.
[User Picture]From: mondengel
2012-11-21 11:23 pm (UTC)

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Depends on the brand. For some, after two days, others, up to five days or even a week.