Sunday, June 8, 2014

Manicure of the Moment: Covergirl

While playing cards with a friend a few weeks ago, I was losing because I couldn't stop staring at her fingertips. Her nails were the perfect, almost-orangey shade of bright red, kept chic and short, with a glossy finish. I put everything on pause to ask her what polish she was wearing.

"You won't believe me, but it's Covergirl. And it's almost a week old!" 

She couldn't remember the exact shade, but I was on a mission. This florist friend of mine whose manicures are always jealousy-inducing, had found an amazing shade of summer red, with the staying power of  a salon manicure.

Here's the catch. Maybe my nails reject the concept of nail polish entirely, maybe my cuticles need some extra TLC (or a better base coat), or maybe I need to stop messing with a perfectly good manicure, but for some reason the Covergirl polish on its own wouldn't commit to my fingertips. I loved everything about it, including how fast the formula dried (two coats, five minutes), but I needed a way to make it hang around longer.

Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant in Ever Reddy

Enter Revlon's Colorstay Gel Envy Diamond top coat. Part of a newly-released gel set from Revlon, this top coat doesn't require a light to set. Obviously, the gel formula is meant to work in coordination with the other gel-themed items in their collection, but I noticed a significantly longer wear time when the color was coated with this baby.

Rose Gold Crystal Wrap-Around Ring Via Wanderlust + Co.
 And there you have it! Happy manicuring!

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