All-time Favorite Nail Polish

The search for the perfect light pink nail polish began many moons ago after watching Giada De Laurentiis elegantly slice fresh vegetables for some delectable dish on Food Network's Everyday Italian.  Her nails looked so beautiful with that clean light pink polish.  It took me a while to stumble upon the eventual winner in my personal search: Essie's Ballet Slippers.  But alas, finding the perfect polish is only as perfect as the base and top coat to complement it.


Enter: the Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat.  When I was in-between base coat purchases, I tried using my top coat backup as a base.  Half the polish on one of my nails chipped off that same day.  Oops.  Orly redeemed my wrongdoing.  This base coat gives a great, tacky surface for your nail color polish.

The perfect pink: Essie Ballet Slippers.  I typically do 3 thin coats, letting the polish dry between each coat.

And finally, Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.  This little bottle of magic is a widely-held favorite.  It popped up in every "favorite top coats" article I read during my search.  This top coat outshines the competition (get it?) in the glossy finish department.  Sally Beauty Supply sometimes offers this on sale for $6.99.

This trio is a winner.  I'm currently on day 4 with minimal chipping.  If I hold both hands up, I can't immediately spot any imperfections.  I'd say that's a big improvement on only 2 days of near-perfect wear I had using my former routine!  

The trio: ORLY Bonder Rubberized Basecoat, Essie Ballet Slippers and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Do you have any favorite long-lasting nail products I should try?  Let me know in the comments.

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