29 March 2011

Dr's Remedy Wear Test

Hello again ladies! I'm taking another break from paper writing and sneezing to give you all a proper post. Yay!

Do you remember those Dr's Remedy polishes that we showed you a while ago? I decided I wanted to do a wear test on them to see how they stood up to being worn for an extended period of time. To do this, I skittled them across both hands (3 coats of each for consistency) over a base of Seche Rebuild, and then alternated between fingers with Seche Vite and fingers without. This way each polish was worn on at least 3 fingers, and had topcoat at least once. I left the polish on for 5 days before taking it off.

Left hand, day 1. From thumb to pinkie: Revive (topcoat), Healing, Desire (topcoat), Revive, Healing (topcoat).

Right hand, day 1. Apologies for the awkward placement, I'm really not used to taking pictures of my right hand, and my camera isn't meant to be used by lefties. xD Thumb to pinkie: Desire, Revive (topcoat), Healing, Desire (topcoat), Revive.

As mentioned in the original review, these polishes all applied well and are super shiny without topcoat.

Ready for the results? Here they are! Sorry about the yellow nails.

Left hand, day 5. There is extensive chipping on the thumb and pinkie, a bit of chipping along the side of the index, and little more than tipwear on the middle and ring fingers.

Right hand, day 5. My index finger had the most damage by far, as you can see. There are a few chips on all of the other fingers except for my pinkie, but while I was cleaning on the last day almost all of the polish on the index finger chipped, snagged, and peeled right off.

In the time that I was doing this test I didn't baby my nails, nor did I go out of my way to be brutal to them. I just went about my usual routine (minus painting my nails each night, obviously) and this is the damage that my nails took.

I noticed that it was the nails that had topcoat on them that seemed to chip the most and fastest, which was interesting to me. Perhaps it was just user error though, I'm not exactly perfect.

All in all though, I thought they wore pretty well. Most of the chipping occurred after 2 or so days, so a really careful person could probably get away with wearing it for longer without chips. I tend to change my nail polish every night, every other night at the latest, so I probably wouldn't have ever had any problems with these ever if I hadn't decided to wear test them.

Do you folks find wear tests like this to be useful? It was tough for me to go so long without painting my nails, but I'll absolutely do it again if it's something that you beauties want to see more of. :)

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  1. I've been meaning to do a Dr.'s Remedy wear test...I guess you beat me to it! :) And to answer your question, I find wear tests very useful, though I'm usually too impatient to do them myself.

  2. I always want to try this with something, but I can never decide what to wear to test it out. I wanted to buy Chip Skip and see if it works.

  3. Wear tests are great for me. I stopped changing my polish every day because my boyfriend is really sensitive to the smell. His nostrils burn and he gets a massive migraine. So...anything that wears longer than four days without a chip is usually a good idea for me! Thanks for the info! :)

  4. Thanks for the wear test! I find this very helpful! Although I wouldnt wear this for 5 days, I do HATE when my polishes chip! lol I wanna know that my polish will last the weekend if it has to!
    Thanks :D

  5. @Zara: Hehe, I'm glad you liked it! I'd love to your wear test of these if you get around to it, your swatches always look a zillion times better than mine. :P

    @Elizabeth: Do it! You could paint whatever polish you want, and then do one hand with Chip Skip and one with something else. I'd totally read that.

    @Lady C.: I'm glad you liked it! That's so nice of you to not change your polish to keep your boyfriend non-headachey. I've had polishes that last better than these ones, but with the right topcoat they could probably last quite a while.

    @Kayla101: You're welcome! Not gonna lie, I was starting to go a little bit crazy from the chips after they started showing up. I'm definitely the kind of person that likes to change polish as soon as the tiniest chip shows up. I'm really prone to picking at chips xD. I didn't pick at these ones though!

    Thank you all so much for reading!


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