I’ve worn nail polish since I was eleven years old. I started with Tinker Bell, Wet and Wild and anything else I could get my hands on. Polish, admire, chip, get mad, remove and repeat was the story of my life for as long as I could remember. I can’t tell you how much money I’ve spent on products that claimed “no chips guaranteed.” How do I get the same results as those with acrylics? How can I make my mani last as if I’ve been to a professional manicurist? My nail chipping was so much of a problem I became a prisoner of certain colors. I avoided the more colorful polishes because the chips were more noticeable than with a sheer pink. I was determined to find the solution.
One day I was reading one of my favorite sites, www.longhaircareforum.com, LHCF for short, and a life changing thread, well I should say, a nail changing thread caught my attention, “I Finally Found the Combo for No Chip Polish.” Well let me check this out I thought. I’m a product junkie so I was willing to go out and buy whatever for perfect nails. This is where I was first introduced to Revlon’s Base Coat and Top Coat. After purchasing both of these products, I decided to make my own combo using what I had learned from LHCF and Makeup Alley. I’ve been using this combo for two years now and I’ve never been happier. I can get seven days of wear easily with minor tip wear.
Sandwich Method Instructions:
1. Start with clean nails and nail beds. Use acetone or any product of your choice to dehydrate the nail bed. This allows the polish to adhere better.
2. Apply a thin coat of Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat. (Can be purchased at any grocery or drugstore. Usually cheaper at Target though.)
3. Apply a thin coat of Orly Rubberized Bonder. (I’ve only seen this product at Sally’s.)
4. Apply the nail color of your choice.
5. Repeat step 3. (Make sure you wrap the tips by holding the brush upright and swiping along the free edge of the nail)
6. Repeat step 4. (Wrap nails )
7. Apply thin coat of Revlon No Chip Top Coat. (Wrap nails)
8. Apply one coat Seche Vite Top Coat. (Do not wrap nails to minimize shrinkage)
This may seem like a lot of coats but trust me, your polish won’t be thick. With the help of Seche Vite, polish drying will be very quick. It’s time consuming, but so worth it. My mani was four days old (natural nails) in the picture above. I experienced some shrinkage from the Seche Vite. (Polish brand and color: Venique Rolling Tides)
I hope it works for you. Let me know how you like this method.