The nail-color industry has enjoyed strong growth
in the past few years, as women head to salons for
specialty services like gel manicures and pedicures.
News 8's Martha Koloski has more.
But for a simple nail-color change, women prefer to
do it themselves.
Consumer Reports tested polishes for its ShopSmart
magazine to find the longest-lasting nail polishes.
That's today's On Your Side.
A beautiful manicure is a great finishing touch to
But it loses its glamor when it starts to chip.
Consumer Reports tested seven nail polishes, including
several that claim to last a long time.
All were applied with a base and top coat if the brand
Ten panelists tried the disguised polishes at home,
while ten panelists received a series of professional
manicures, with different polishes on alternating
Those were checked at seven, ten, and 14 days.
This Chanel polish is the most expensive tested -
27 dollars for the color - plus another 52 dollars
for the base and top coat.
But it chipped so quickly, most of the home panelists
removed it early.
Jessica Vecchiano, It chipped the next day, even with
a top coat and a base coat." Which are the hands-down
favorites? Surprisingly, a two-dollar polish available
at Walgreens - Sinful Colors - came out on top.
And the base and top coats together are just eight
The polish still looked good after seven days, but
it took slightly longer to dry than others.
Another winning polish - ten-dollar C-N-D Vinylux
Weekly Polish lived up to its name, still looking
good after a week.
It doesn't need a base coat, and the top coat is ten
Also a favorite - this six-dollar Revlon polish promises
to last 11 days, and still looked OK when checked
on day ten.
Jennifer Frost, "It went on really smooth, and they
looked really nice, and I felt like I had a real manicure."
Base and top coat -13 dollars.
So to keep your nails looking their best, pick a polish
If you want a quick manicure and don't have time for
base-coat, top-coat routine, Consumer Reports found
some one-step polishes that looked pretty good at
the end of a week.
They're Sally Hansen complete Salon Manicure for seven
dollars and CoverGirl Outlast for five dollars.