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Old 04-09-2015, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Austin
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I can't for the life of me keep nail polish on my finger nails. Is there a brand that will stay on? Also, I have a phobia of catching a fungus at nail salons so I won't take that suggestion.
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Old 04-09-2015, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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What are you doing with your hands that it's flaking off in only four hours? I just use standard drug store polish (higher end, but drug store, none the less), don't do anything special, and even at that rate, it takes a few days to chip. If your hands are subject to some sort of activity that goes beyond typical wear and tear, no DIY manicure is going to hold up that well unless you wear gloves or something.

I'm sorry, but I'm not sure I believe that your polish is chipping off within four hours of application unless you are handling abrasive or corrosive materials.
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Old 04-09-2015, 02:06 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I use Hoof Lacquer as a top coat and my nail polish will stay on about 5 days, even when I'm doing the dishes or gardening.
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Old 04-09-2015, 02:09 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I can't for the life of me keep nail polish on my finger nails.
Why?

What are you doing that they are ruined within four hours?
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Old 04-09-2015, 04:43 PM
 
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I am similar. It might be the natural oil on your nails or something. I like OPI a lot. Try that one.

But I would say 90% of nail polish comes off super fast for me.
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:00 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I never use nail salons either! My favorite is essie, it will last 3 or 4 days for me.
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:07 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Everyone's nails are different but I have great luck with NYC GCS (Grand Central Station) quick dry topcoat. Between that and the Revlon Gel Coat base (discontinued now I think)- you will get sick of your mani before your nails get chippy. It's cheap, like $1.47 cheap, so it can't hurt to try it!
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I have long nails and use drug store brands - base coat, polish-2 coats, top coat - it lasts a week+ - the only brand I found that chips easily (within days) is the Sally Hanson Insta-Dry - which may have been discontinued.

You shouldn't have "naturally oily" nails, they are "dead", never heard of it in any case. Make sure your nails are clean and dry before applying polish.
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:33 PM
 
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I can't for the life of me keep nail polish on my finger nails. Is there a brand that will stay on? Also, I have a phobia of catching a fungus at nail salons so I won't take that suggestion.
Be sure that your nailbeds are free of oils by wiping with rubbing alcohol. Then be sure to apply a base coat, two coats of your color, then a chip resistant top coat (allowing to dry a bit between each coat). I also find it helps to re-apply the top coat every day or two. It usually dries quickly since it's just one coat.
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:55 PM
 
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+1 on buffing and whipping with alcohol prior to applying polish. Have same issue opi, essi all also chips fast on me. Only brand that worked for me is sally Hansen complete salon. And now their gel line. However all the extra layers of base and top coats made it worse all would just come of in one piece so dont use them anymore.

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