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Hitting the town with chipped nails takes the polish out of your lady-like look. Your style stock will plummet at the sight of the first fingernail fumble. To ensure longevity in your manicured investments, try the most durable nail polishes. These lacquers are sure to keep those digits dazzling!
Creative Nail Design (CND) Shellac UV Color Coat
More than just a nail polish, "Shellac" is a color coat gel available in more than 25 hues that dries nearly instantly and promises a 14-day wear without so much as a crack or peel. You won't be able to apply the polish at home, as it requires a professional manicurist to utilize UV light technology to trigger its quick-drying function, but the extra step merits great reward. According to a 2010 "Allure" Magazine Access blog, "Shellac becomes hard and is, in fact, unchippable." That kind of super strength in a polish also requires professional assistance for its removal.
Sally Hansen "Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear" Nail Color
If you're more of a do-it-yourself girl, with little desire for nail shop chitchat -- run, don't walk, over to your local drug store and pick up this product, which comes in 30 lively colors including "Bubblegum Pink" and "Ivy League." Xtreme Wear is best applied with its accompanying base coat and won't require a touchup for the first four days, according to Gianna, The Recessionista's beauty blog Nouveau Cheap. And if you're in it for super shiny nails, remember, the topcoat will do wonders!
Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer
Celebrity manicurist and nail guru Deborah Lippmann, who keeps the likes of Mariah Carey from having unsightly nail color chipping on stage, created this polish line, so she knows a thing or two about long lasting nail color. "Elle" Magazine raved that her polish line is "some of the most durable nail polish around." Her formulas also contain okoume (a natural nail strengthener from a tree in Africa), biotin (a cell regenerator) and green tea, which will restore nails to their best health. Triple win!
Yves Saint Laurent "La Laque" Long-Lasting Nail Lacquer
This much-celebrated nail polish lives up to its haute fashion roots in an array of eye-catching colors and does so in durable style! This new long wear formula with verbena and rose oil strengthens, moisturizes and protects nails from chipping and cracking. It also dries fast and promise to apply evenly without streaking. Beauty experts at "Allure" also noted that "one coat is all you need" to keep your nails fresh and peel-free.