Nail polish is one of those things I want to embrace and be good at using, but it just won't work. Like running, except I keep going and keep going with that in that hopes I'll finally get better (in fact I've had a bit of a running breakthrough in the past few weeks, fingers crossed!). When I was trying to quit biting my nails a few years ago, I painted them a lot to stop me chewing on them, which actually worked - it didn't even occur to me to bite them when I couldn't 'see' them. But the nail polish never lasted more than a day without chipping. It probably didn't help that I had a fairly hands-on job at the time, plus I went to the gym loads so was showering more too. Water and nail polish do not mix it seems... I've tried painting with and without top coats, with and without more than one coat of colour, with and without a base coat... The only thing that seemed to make a difference was that it chipped way quicker with a top coat. Above is my full collection of polish - the No7 one is fab and can usually last at least 2 days without chips, but Boots discontinued it a while ago so, despite the help of a lovely guy at their email desk, it's nowhere to be found. The Nails Inc ones were free with Mother's magazine and the Sally Hanson is a nice light colour so the chips are hardly visible... (the other one is a clear base coat.)
My collection grew slightly the other day when my flatmates mum gave me a Christmas pressie including this Models Own set. Which is where my train of thought started. I really want to test them out but it hardly seems worth it - even after painting over chips I'll still only get about four days worth of colour...and my already weak nails don't like nail polish remover...but... I love painted nails! They look so pretty and I feel like a grown up with them done! Plus it stops the biting! (I have almost stopped but my nails break a lot, which inevitably leads to me picking and poking at the raggy bits...)
So - solve my completely pointless inner debate, To Paint Or Not To Paint?