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So for quite some time I was a faithful shellac manicure kind of girl. I loved the no chip benefits of the shellac polishes. What I did not like was the price for the value. Here in my part of Texas the most inexpensive shellac manicure is $30. Usually when I get a manicure because my nails grow very quickly my cuticle area grows out in about a week. By the second week it is very noticeable and although the polish doesn`t chip it gets these vein looking cracks. So basically I was getting a one week manicure for $30. That was not worth it to me.
I began researching/testing out various brands and combinations to find an at home technique that will last. I did it!!!!! I`ve have a great combination that last a full week and because the products are used for dozens of applications, the cost is way less than $30.
Here is the process:
The bottles in the pic are in the order I use each product.
1st - one coat of the Orly bonder (found at Sally)
2nd - one coat of the Revlon Colorstary Basecoat (drugstore)
3rd - two coats of your color (in the photo I have Wet N Wild Megalast in Undercover. I am in love with these polishes! The colors are awesome, they last well, and best of all they are $1.99 at the drugstore!!!!)
4th - Orly Sec N Dry Top Coat (found at Sally)
Tips: Make sure to let your nails dry completely between each step. Also I haven`t tried this with any other brand polish besides various shades of the Wet N Wild Megalast. I have added a random clear glitter polish before the top coat and it works just fine. One thing is that the Orly Sec N DRy doesn`t have the most glossy finish so about two days after polishing I follow up with the Revlon Colorstay Top Coat to add shine and maintain them through out the week.
I absolutely love this process and I have been buying new Wet N Wild polishes like crazy. I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you give it a try.
*All products were purchased by me. Photo is my photo.