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No-chip mani after eight days? No way? Yes way

The product

Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel

The promise

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When Revlon says long wear, it means long wear. This nail enamel innovation provides up to 11 days of lasting colour (when worn with the corresponding base and top coats) and a gel-like shine that just won't quit.

How it works

Inspired by salon gel nails and chip-free technology, ColorStay instantly wraps nails in a shatterproof shield of colour.

The unique double-barrel brush allows for a smooth, even, streak-free application and, best of all, is gentle on nails and easy to remove at home – which means not having to go back to the salon for removal. It comes in 17 shades – including Red Carpet (shown) – and a base and top coat.

How to use it

Start with the base coat on clean, dry nails, then apply the nail enamel in even strokes. Add a second coat of enamel to intensify colour and finish with the top coat.

The bottom line

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Full disclosure: I have what have been described as "magic nails."

That's because my manicures, whether they're done at home or in a salon, usually last a minimum of five days. (Hey, don't hate the player, hate the game.) While this means that I rarely pack nail polish for touch-ups when I jet off for a long weekend (and by "jet off" I mean sit cramped between a snorer and a chatterbox in coach), I will concede that I always carry a top coat to reshine an inevitably dulled manicure by day three.

That is simply not the case with this product. I'm currently on day eight of this Revlon ColorStay mani and have nary a chip or crack to report, which is impressive even for me. But even more astounding is that it remains so shiny that, from a distance, it could easily be mistaken for a fresh mani.

Now that's magic.

$8.95 at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide.

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