Fingernail polish is a spectacular way to decorate, and protect nail plates from cracking and flaking. Unfortunately, while most polishes are made from the same ingredients across the board, the decision of choosing a nail polish can be difficult. There are so many big name brands with such great quality products such as Revlon, Sally Hansen, Essie, Covergirl, and even toxic-free polishes like Zoya. Many of the popular inventory can be found in stores or in salons, however, a few specialty items must be purchased online. The nail polish industry is very accessible and affordable for the average person. In fact, in just the year 2012, it pulled in a hefty record of 768 million dollars in the United States alone.
There is a large variety of polishes that differ from the brand, to the type and even have different effects. Although some brand’s prices run high, typically paying for better quality is worth it. While the average nail polish lasts only approximately 2-7 days, cheaper polishes chip or crack much sooner and more frequently than high end lacquers. When shopping it is important to know what type of polish to look for. Base coats are essential to making a polish last on fingernails. They are often clear or milky in color and are used to strengthen nails, restore moisture and/or help polish stick to the raw fingernail. Top coats are also an important tool for anyone doing their nails at home. Top coats are a quick drying nail lacquer that form a hard, clear barricade to prevent the polish from peeling, scratching or chipping.
Today’s nail polish colors come in many impressive effect choices. Just a few include: matte, which has a flat look, sparkles, which has large flakes in the lacquer, metallic, which has a metal shine and tone, and glitter, which is filled with thousands of tiny, shiny speckles; however, texture effects are not the only way to make nail polish art unique. The solid colors can be broken up by patterns, painting the tips only, adding a crackle finish, glow in the dark tones, rhinestones or even stickers. And for the more eccentric styles, there are polishes with scents, temperature sensitive nail polishes, and top coats containing sequins. For those searching for a more classic look, the French manicure is the way to go. Invented during eighteenth century Paris, it is designed to resemble natural nails by using a nude, pink base and white tips.
Another option besides regular nail polish, comes in many different choices is called gel polish. Gel polishes are painted on just like regular fingernail polishes, but last twice as long. The secret ingredient is the thick, adhesive formula which hardens in reaction to an ultraviolet light. There are only a few downsides to using gel polish such as: the cost, the length of time it takes to apply and the effort it takes to remove because it requires soaking the fingers in acetone for 8-15 minutes.
Gel polish can be handy because it is more sturdy, but regular nail polish gets the job done just fine. Some regular nail polishes are even meant for specific purposes. In fact, there are polishes to aid in breaking the habit of nail biting, to help broken nails heal, and to detect drugs in liquids. The drug identifying polish was invented so that women could discreetly dip their finger in a drink and tell if it had been tampered with or not. If the drink had been spiked, the polish changes colors.
Not everyone is looking to lavishly decorate their fingernails, but there is a polish style for almost everyone. So whether it’s a night out on the town, a casual day around the house, or classing it up for a wedding, there is a nail polish for every occasion.