In my land of at-home manicures, I have been debating for a long time which nail polish brand is my favorite. Aside from the fact that my nails usually end up looking like I had a blindfold on when I painted them, I generally end up pretty satisfied with my at-home manicures.
I never really put a ton of time or effort into my nails. I clip them, and every now and then I clip the cuticles using some really small scissors. Other than that, I just paint them. No filing or special treatment.
I am also really, really rough on my hands and nails. If I had to guess, that is directly related to my clumsiness. I am always running into doors, hitting my hands on things, getting my fingers stuck between doors, etc.
When I first discovered OPI nail polish, I swore by it. I discovered it right after Mr. D and I got engaged, and I got a manicure so that I could show off my new bling. I used OPI “Bubble Bath” and loved it. I bought a bottle, and it was my go-to polish for a long time.
Then, I stumbled upon Essie nail polish. I was confident that nothing would beat my love for OPI but I decided to give it a try.
I have to say that I was surprised by the result. While I still love OPI, I have found that for me, two coats of Essie lasts longer than two coats of OPI. I never use any base coat or top coat. But with all of my clumsiness and as rough as I am on my hands, two coats of Essie will usually get me through a full work week, if not a full seven days. OPI would get me through maybe three or four days.
My favorite Essie color so far has been “Ballet Slippers” – but I also love “Rock Candy” and “East Hampton Cottage.” I’m definitely a nude/light pink nail girl.