Anything synonymous with “gel manicure” sans the wreaking havoc on your nails and tedious removal process is going to get my attention. So I was even more intrigued when I read that Caption nail polish was “tough as gel” and that “nails stay chip-free for up to 3x longer.” It doesn’t hurt that they have a gorgeous selection of 67 shades that are free of formaldehyde, DBP and toluene. But back to the point of the story: I decided to spend a week wearing a drugstore-brand nail polish on my right hand and Caption nail polish on my left hand. Watch the video below to see the results!
I wasn’t surprised that Caption beat out the drugstore brand, but I was surprised at how quickly the drugstore brand started to fade. I kept a short diary of the results, but please note that I was moving apartments all last weekend, so I was particularly tough on my hands (think packing tape, heavy boxes and cleaning supplies—you get the picture).
Caption: Ridiculously easy to apply, thanks to the extra-wide brush. Looks much better when you apply in thin layers.
Drugstore: Went on easy, but had a hard time getting even layers compared to Caption.
Caption: Still look perfect, but noticed some fading around the tip of my thumb.
Drugstore: Noticed fading around the tips of all my nails.
Caption: Still in good shape.
Drugstore: Middle and pointer fingertips are fading faster.
Caption: Slight fading at the edge of all my fingertips, but not noticeable.
Drugstore: Nail polish on all my fingertips is disappearing!
Caption: Thumb and pinky tips are wearing out, but not noticeable.
Drugstore: Nails are starting to look pretty bad.
Caption: Polish on the tips are fading for all nails.
Drugstore: Ugh, I really want to remove this nail polish!
Caption: A chip on the pinky nail and thumb, but overall they still look great!
Drugstore: I can’t take it anymore. This experiment is done!
Why It’s Great: This metallic pink shade is the perfect match for Pantone’s Color of the Year 2016. This nail polish is not only pretty, it’s also hard-core tough. It’s the first to utilize LacQ3 Technology into their formula, which is essentially a combination of dual polymer technology with volcanic glass, shellac and plant-derived plasticizers. In laymen’s terms, this nail polish can wear up to 9 days without chipping. When you’re ready to remove, it comes off in seconds without any soaking. Make sure you check out all 67 shades!