LBQ’s Top Three: Long-Lasting Nail Varnishes

Although I love to coordinate my nail colour with my outfit, sometimes I simply don’t have the time to be changing my polish every other day. During busy periods or long weekends, I have to find a polish that not only goes with every outfit (day and night,) but also will last the distance and remain chip-free. Having the confidence to paint your nails and know the colour will remain for a good few days, cuts off at least one thing from our every growing ‘worry list’. Here are my top three brands that really do deliver on ease of application and longevity of colour; the brands I rely on again and again to keep my nails looking cool and collected.

long lasting nail varnishes

1. Essie Nail Polish (£9.95)
This is a favourite with nearly every beauty blogger for good reason: the polish is the perfect consistency to ensure a flawless application. Although some of the brighter colours have a tendency to chip, the paler shades are perfect for three-day-wear. I’ve even found some of my favourite plum and berry shades last longer than any other brand I’ve tried, making this a go-to brand on many an occasion. The formula doesn’t go gloopy and the brush is perfectly sized for the nail, making this super quick to apply too. Although these polishes are pretty pricey, they’re pricey for a reason.

2. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (£6.99)
An accidental discovery while in Paris, the Sally Hansen polishes really do provide a salon professional result at home. The thickness of the brush ensures you pick up a lot of product and quickly coat each nail, making this super speedy to apply. The consistency of the polish aids its longevity too, helping it to stay in place with minimal chipping for up to four days. I have mostly darker shades from this range, which do me really well during weekends away when I don’t want to change my polish. Even better are the unique colours and collections frequently launched, ensuring they’re always on-trend and up-to-date with the catwalks.

3. Rimmel Salon Pro (£6.00) 
A relatively budget buy, but a budget buy with punch. I was really dubious when I first tried this range, not really believing in the extensive claims, but the shades actually deliver a pretty flawless result and long-lasting colour. These doesn’t chip nearly as bad as any other Rimmel polish, confidently providing me with colour for at least three days. The lighter shades are better than the dark ones, especially as the slight chipping and polish fading is more subtle when it starts to occur, but even the red colours provide a long-lasting result that I’m pleased to recommend.

What are your top long-lasting nail varnishes of choice? 



  1. danniannie
    August 19, 2013 / 6:00 pm

    If I'm honest I don't have a brand I go to for length of wear. I use Seche Vite as a topcoat which makes my nail polish last for most of the time a week! I don't just rely on the polish anymore! :)

  2. Sophie Hawker
    August 19, 2013 / 7:07 pm

    That Essie colour is beautiful!Sophie

  3. Icaria
    August 19, 2013 / 9:48 pm

    Oh I do agree about Essie! I love the formula! Can't wait to try I haven't had much luck with SH so far, maybe due to the colors I've tryed. Rimmel, a web friend living in London is sending me a few and I can't wait to try them. They're not available in Canada yet.

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