Never Chip Protective Polish Shield
Just the Facts
Cost: $4.99 USD
Size: 0.5 fl. oz.
Available at www.beautyboutique.com
Protective polish shield that prevents chipping or peeling. BEWARE you have to use this product properly in order for it to work effectively. You will still need to apply a topcoat over your polish color of choice before using Never Chip.
I love getting manicures, but I hate when the polish starts to chip making my nails look as if I’ve been playing hand games in gravel for hours on end! One thing I use to avoid the messy, unsophisticated look of chipped polish is Never Chip by European Secrets. I have been using the product for years, and I can honestly say it does work. I wear my natural nails, and this product extends the life of my polish which would otherwise chip within 2 or 3 days with topcoat alone. When I use Never Chip over my topcoat, I can get a full seven days out of my polish (see picture below of my 6 day old manicure with Essie Geranium, OPI Topcoat, and Never Chip sealant). An additional bonus is the protective sealant also contains Biotin, Tyrosine, and collagen which work to strengthen and fortify your nails.
As effective as this product is, everything is not for everybody; and there are a couple of things you should definitely be aware of before using Never Chip. Granted this sealant will guard your polish, but it is NOT a topcoat. You will need to use a topcoat over your polish of choice BEFORE applying Never Chip. If not, the product is radically less effective and you will most likely be disappointed. Also, the product takes a long time to dry…by long I mean, have one of your favorite movies handy and some free time on your hands–literally! My normal routine is as follows: get a fresh mani on Friday, pray it doesn’t chip on Saturday, apply Never Chip before going to bed on Saturday night to maintain a chip-free polish the following Sunday thru Thursday, and Friday repeat the entire cycle. I only apply Never Chip when I have nothing to do, and I can just sit and let the product dry completely. If you don’t allow Never Chip to dry completely, you run the risk of ruining your polished nails because it is almost guaranteed you will smudge and/or get those unsightly dents. Lastly, the brush isn’t the greatest. The bristles are very hard and if you apply too much pressure you can actually get some color residue from your polish onto the brush. You definitely don’t want this to happen because with cumulative use it could actually tint the remaining contents in the bottle, which is why using a topcoat is so critical. The topcoat will serve as a barrier to prevent the Never Chip brush from getting to the layers of your polish color. What you want to do is simply sweep the product over your polished nails being sure to use a lot less force than if you were applying polish color or topcoat. Also, be sure to apply Never Chip to the tip of the nail to really seal and protect your coveted polish color.
I will mention there was a time when I ditched my regular manicures and opted for gel manicures. This is when the gel craze first hit the scene, and I plunged all in to this “life-changing” way of getting my nails done. My nails got done alright, and done-in at the same time! While I love the way they look, I am personally not a fan of gel manicures because of the terror they can have on the nail bed; so I opt for regular polish. It’s a bit old-school and way more time consuming, but in the end I don’t have to compromise the integrity of my nails. If gel manis are your thing, keep working them! This is just another thing to have in your beauty arsenal should you ever decide to switch up the artillery a bit!
If you don’t mind sacrificing some time to get a long-lasting manicure, give Never Chip a swirl! It’s not for everyone, so you will have to determine if the product fits your needs. There are many polish extenders on the market, but I find this one still be stellar IF you know how avoid the common pitfalls associated with the product. I will admit it does take some patience, but it’s worth it in order to maintain chip-free polish. While it may seem like a lot to go through, once you get the hang of how to use the product properly, you might never look back!
I’d love to know your thoughts. Leave me a comment and tell me what you use to keep your manicure looking fresh!