The 3 Chosen OnesI used three different brands in my test. The drugstore brand is NYC, the mass consumer brand is Essie and the upscale brand is YSL Nail Laquer. Just from looking at the bottles, you can automatically tell which one is the upscale brand and which is the drugstore brand.
|From left to right: NYC in Tangerine Creme ($1-2), |
Essie in A-List ($8) and YSL in Rouge Pop Art ($25)
Brush SizesThis is something I noticed while painting my nails. The YSL nail laquer has a wider brush than NYC or Essie, making it easier to paint your nails and covering more surface area each time.
|Notice how much wider the brush is in the YSL brand, than the other two.|
|The brush covers almost my entire nail in just one stroke, which|
means fewer strokes to get my nails painted.
|This is how much coverage the NYC and Essie brush give me.|
The Conditions of the ExperimentI will go about my daily routine for the next two weeks and see how much wear and tear these nails can handle. I do a lot of typing, scrubbing and lifting (both at the gym and outside of the gym).
|Procedure: Wiped my nails with acetone and then applied two coats of each|
on my nails. I didn't put on a top coat.
|Week 1. Not much has changed, except a little bit of the NYC|
polish has chipped near the cuticle.
|Week 2. NYC has the most damage, a lot of it has chipped off. There is just|
a small chip in the YSL nail polish and none on Essie.
Overall, I found Essie to be the most durable, with YSL coming in a close second. In general, Essie is the better choice: it is cheaper, offers a greater variety of colors and lasts relatively long.
I hope you guys found this review useful! It can be overwhelming and difficult to pick out the right brand for you. Many times, buyers will put price above quality, but that isn't always the best option (as you just saw). If you have a nail polish brand that you love but I didn't use, feel free to share it below!
Disclaimer: A "normal" routine may be different depending on the person, so results may vary.