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DIY Nail Art Designs: Should You Invest in Expensive Nail Polish?

Updated on May 13, 2012

This is a question every DIY nail art designs or nail polish lover asks at least once in her lifetime. We all know that high-end nail polishes retail for up to $25 a bottle or more, but could an el cheapo from the local drug store or supermarket work just as well? The short answer to this question is that you should consider what you need from a nail polish before you decide to buy a specific one. Let’s look at the things you should ask yourself before you spend your hard-earned cash.

Expensive Nail polish

If you do splurge on high-end nail art products or nail polishes, you’ll soon see the difference. Expensive or high-quality polishes tend to last a lot longer than their cheaper counterparts, and you’ll be able to wear it for up to a week without seeing any cracks, chips, or peeling. High-end nail polishes tend to be thinner, so you may have to apply an extra coat to get complete coverage, and they also contain less pigment than some of the cheaper brands out there.

Expensive polishes often feature longer and broader brushes, and this makes application a breeze. That’s one of the reasons why I adore OPI, and I will always have a few bottles of OPI polish in my collection! If you want to make your nail art designs last, then expensive or high-quality polishes may be your best bet.

Cheap Nail Polish

I, personally have a love/hate relationship with cheap nail polish. They are more affordable, but a manicure only lasts around three days before the cracking and chipping becomes apparent. If you’re someone who does your nails often, or do manicures for pictures or display purposes, then a cheap polish will serve you just fine.

These polishes are often thicker than their more expensive counterparts, and contain more pigment. You could get away with applying one or two coats and get decent coverage, but on the flip side the brushes are often sub standard. I’ve found that the brushes are sometimes too small or too short with cheaper polishes.

So, in short, there are really no hard and fast rules on which nail polish you should purchase. You should get a product you can afford, and one that will ultimately serve its intended purpose. I tend to use cheaper polishes for pictures, DIY nail art designs tutorials and the like, and save the expensive ones for my own manicures. Next time you hit the beauty isle or beauty supply store, you’ll be armed with the information to make the best choice for your circumstance.


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      Atell Rohlandt 3 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Nivek and PolishGirl24 glad you liked the article. @Polishgirl24 I'm with you on that one. Essie is wonderful but a little pricey.

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      PolishGirl24 3 years ago

      Luv your blog and hubs. You should write more often. Essie is my brand of choice, when I can afford it.

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      Nivek 4 years ago

      I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I do not know who you are but cetiarnly you are going to a famous blogger if you are not already Cheers!