The Best Nail Polishes for Runners
It can be pretty difficult to find a nail polish that won’t chip, peel, or wear off. Runners experience this problem even more frequently than others, as they’re constantly on the go. That cute pedicure you just got can begin to wear off and look not so pretty after a run. It’s probably safe to say that all female runners have experienced this frustration before. And while there are many products out there labeled “no chip,” unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.
We’ve researched the top names in the polish industry and have brought to you a list of the top brands that are great for runners. So say goodbye to redoing your nails every other day, and say hello to gorgeous, long-lasting polish that will hold up for miles and miles.
So let’s get started!
If you’re looking for durable polish, Essie should be one of your go-to options. Essie’s brushes are quite narrow, ensuring that your polish is applied smoothly. Unlike other brands, you don’t have to worry about Essie polish being “goopy.” One of the brand’s best products for long-lasting wear is their No Chips Ahead Top Coat. Customers love this polish and say it helps their polish last at least a week longer than it would otherwise. The great thing about this top coat is its versatility. You can apply any color as you usually would, and simply seal it with this clear top coat. Even with cheaper polish underneath, the No Chips Ahead Top Coat doesn’t fail to live up to its name.
OPI is one of the most established and well-known names in the nail polish industry. The company’s been around since 1981, so it’s no wonder they’ve mastered the art of creating long-lasting polish. Especially with OPI’s Infinite Shine line, you won’t be disappointed. The Infinite Shine line is designed to have the appearance and durability of gel polish, but it doesn’t require the special UV/LED light. It’s meant to be applied in three steps: base coat, color, then top coat. You may be thinking you don’t want your manicure to be that time consuming. Well, the good news is, this polish is super quick to dry. It’s hard to find a polish that’s both quick-drying and long-lasting! OPI really goes above and beyond on quality. And with a million colors to choose from, you’re sure to find the color that’s perfect for you.
Sally Hansen specializes in a huge line of polishes designed for extra-long wear. The brand has been around since the 1950’s, when Sally and her chemist husband created their first formula. I mean, it’s always a good thing when you have a chemist working with you, right? Today Sally Hansen has become the number one brand in nail care. Check out the Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Collection and see for yourself how long this polish holds up. With a ton of bright, bold colors to choose from, including some glitter and shimmer varieties, you’re sure to find one you fall in love with. If you’re looking to make a statement, not spend a lot of money, and still have polish that holds up through your runs, this is a great option.
Revlon, one of the best-known names in the nail polish industry, has been around since 1932 when two brothers and a chemist joined together on a mission to revolutionize the beauty industry. Revlon’s ColorStay collection, released in the 1990’s, is currently the number one long-wear polish. The ColorStay Gel Envy line is designed with the quality and anti-chipping qualities of gel polish, but you don’t need a special light to cure it. It’s available in 38 colors, so you can be sure that there’s at least a few shades you’ll fall in love with. Revlon’s Extra Life No Chip Top Coat is a great option. This affordable formula is designed to extend the wear of your polish and protect your nails from daily wear and tear. One of the great things about this top coat its special mix of patented plasticizers and an acrylic polymer, which means is that your nails can bend and flex without chipping.
For 42 years, Orly has been creating nail care products. So, it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing. They have a huge selection of polishes available, all extremely high-quality at a great value. Two of their best lines for long-lasting wear include the “Breathable” line, which reduces chipping and strengthens nails with argon oil; and the “Epix Hybrid Gel” line, which is a long-lasting formula designed to wear like a gel but remove like a traditional polish. Orly’s No Chip Top Coat is especially great for long-lasting wear. It’s designed to give you up to two weeks of chip-free wear! That’s a lot longer than most other brands promise. A high-quality top coat that is formulated to extend the life of your manicure by reducing chipping and peeling.