Long Lasting Nails at Home

Nail polish has two moods. It’ll be cooperative and will last for upwards of a week, or it’ll want to ruin your life and chip within a day or two. I always feel like I’m wasting so much of my time painting my nails because I end up having to repaint them every two or three days! I’d had enough of that and sought after a way to make my nail polish last.

Want long lasting nails without the salon price? Find out how one product will make long lasting nails at home a piece of cake!

Browsing through the Internet and Pinterest one day, I stumbled across this product that everyone RAVES about. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to achieve long lasting nails at home. What is it, you may be asking?

Long lasting nails at home

Products Used:

  • American Classics GELOUS Nail Gel Coat
  • China Glaze in Red-y to Rave
  • Zoya Naked Manicure top coat

Long lasting nails at home

This is it. This is the holy grail product. I’ll never return to a regular base coat again. The American Classics Gelous Nail Gel Coat creates a gel-like finish to your nails and makes them last exponentially longer than your regular base coat. Now, it’s not going to give you the same long-lasting power of gel nails, but it’s pretty darn good for an at-home system.

Step 1: Apply one thin-ish coat of the Gelous Nail Gel Coat. Let dry for 3-5 minutes

Step 2: Repeat step 1.

Long lasting nails at home

Step 3: Apply a thin coat of whatever nail polish color you choose. Let dry 5ish minutes or until a light touch won’t smudge the polish.

Step 4: Apply another coat of the Gelous Nail Gel Coat. Let dry 3-5 minutes.

Long lasting nails at home

Please excuse the phone in the picture. Otherwise you couldn’t read the writing on the bottle at all. But how cute is that phone case? The best part? Only $10!

Step 5: Apply another slightly thicker layer of the polish of your choice. Let dry almost completely

Step 6: Apply the top coat of your choice. Let dry.

Long lasting nails at home

This takes just as long if not maybe a few minutes than your regular base, color, and top coat routine. But, think of all of the time that you won’t have to repaint your nails. Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

Have you tried the Gelous Nail Gel Coat before? Or do you have another way to make your polish last longer?ย 

~abigail gray

  • Shelby Howell

    Love doing my nails at home, it’s so much cheaper! Thanks for sharing these products – I can never get mine to last long! Will certainly check them out!

    Shelby // TheGoldDime.com

    • I know! I don’t have the kind of money to go out every week or so and get my nails done. My friend and I are actually going this weekend to get gel nails (this is my first time) done at a local beauty school. It’s only $18! Let me know if you do try out the products and what you think of them!

  • I’ve been working on doing my own nails, I’ll have to check out these products!
    xo, Syd

    • I will say that this does take a few tries to get the hang of it. My one tip is to not apply super heavy coats of the Gelous Nail Gel polish because if you do, it’ll start to peel up/chip after just a few days. If you do try it out, let me know what you think!

  • I haven’t tried any of these products, but it’s always great to hear new recommendations! My favorite products to make my nail polish last are the Orly Rubberized base coat and the Essie Good to Go top coat. I can normally get about a week out of my manicure. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oooh I’ve heard about the Orly Rubberized base coat and I’ve always wanted to try it! I typically go for whatever base and top coat I have on hand but I’ll have to check those out!

  • I actually totally forgot that I owned this Gelous base coat in my nail polish collection, but I just dusted it off and am using it to paint my nails currently. I remember liking the product, but my go-to nail base is usually OPI Nail Envy. However, I’m always trying new ones! I feel like I need to shop my collection before I continue buying more, but I have trouble saying no to new nail polish!

    Colleen | Buckeye Bliss

    • Nail polish was my weakness for so many years and now I sit here staring at my 200+ bottle collection like “what am i going to even do with all of this??” lol.