Envious No More

Do you remember your first bottle of nail polish? I do.

It was dark blue and was probably Wet ‘n Wild brand. Since it was my only bottle at the time, I applied it often and used almost a whole bottle.

Since then, I’ve acquired a few hundred bottles of nail polish.

Hi, my name is Sarah and I’m a nail polish-aholic. (“Hi, Sarah.”)

I’m not a nail polish snob. I’ve tried every brand, and my favorites are Revlon and OPI.

But my polishes have always lacked one thing: staying power.

I have always adhered to the mantra of manicures and pedicures: base coat, 2 coats of polish, and a top coat.

And I thought all clear top and base coats were the same. Until today.

Enter OPI Nail Envy:

OPI Nail Envy

And my life has been forever changed.

You see, while I have always been addicted to nail polish, it has always repelled itself from my nails. Honestly, if I could go 36 hours without chipping a nail it is a serious miracle.

So I, in all my dedication to Chic Critique, chronicled a top coat test drive.

Day 0: The original manicure. I hope you can’t see any of my cuticle smudges.

Day 0Day 1: After a day of shopping and sitting in a surgical center waiting room.

Day 1 ADay 2: A day of closet organizing, dinner, and dancing. I washed dishes (no gloves!) and was generally pretty nail abusive. No chips at all.

Day 2

Day 3: Day of major activity. Lots of typing and pecking at computers and cameras and cell phones. I notice that my pointer finger is starting to become slightly worn, but it’s not what I’d called chipped yet.

Nail envy Day 3

Day 4: The day by which a normal manicure would have been removed. They never last four days. Never.

Nail Envy Day 4After 4 full days of wear, my nails are basically chip-free. I have a tiny chip on my left hand from gouging it into a box of crafting supplies. Oops.

Basically, OPI Nail Envy is my new favorite product. Which, being the product-lover that I am, is saying something. I am off to sing its praises high and low.

Seriously, what are you waiting for? If you paint your own nails, you need this prouduct.

End of story.

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About Jo-Lynne

Written by Jo-Lynne Shane, a professional lifestyle blogger, brand advocate and community manager. Named one of Nielsen’s 50 Most Influential Women in Social Media, Jo-Lynne is best known for her award-winning lifestyle blog, Musings of a Housewife, where she dishes up an assortment of food, fashion, fitness and family travel. She has been featured on Mothering.com, Southern Living Magazine, CNN.com and in Cosmopolitan Magazine. In the local sphere, Jo-Lynne facilitates the vibrant networking group Philly Social Media Moms, providing community, support and education for 200 area bloggers. Jo-Lynne lives and works from home in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband of 17 years, three lively children and one extremely spoiled shih tzu named Savannah.


  1. I’m a recovering acrylic nail addict…and Nail Envy is the only thing that’s been able to help me stay away from having the acrylics put back on. Great product!!!

  2. Ms. Minneapolis says:

    It’s official, I need Nail Envy. My polish usually only lasts 2-3 days and I rarely use anything other than light pink (Essie Mademoiselle, to be specific) because when brighter colors chip it’s so obvious. Maybe now I can finally wear hot pink polish!

  3. What a great tip, i’ll definitely have to get a bottle.

  4. Tamara B. says:

    I just love the color you painted your nails! Love that it nail polish is strong and won’t chip!

  5. Your nails are beautiful!! Totally getting some of this – love OPI!

  6. wowzas! i will HAVE to get some of that. i love manicured nails, but hate how they chip so quickly.

  7. I love OPI and your manicure looks great!!

  8. Since becoming a SAHM, I’ve had to give up manicured nails for all the reasons you posted…now I’m willing to try one more time.

  9. I am in love and ordering a bottle now! Dish washing (I’m the only dishwasher in my house) and cleaning makes my nail polish look awful….thanks for the great review!