You get this done at a salon, but it lasts—smooth, flawless, never going dull.
Maintenance Factor: Takes 45 minutes to do and 15 minutes to remove.
Lasts For: Never—literally never—chips. But you go back to the salon every three weeks for a fresh coat.
These are stickers—press one of the six zillion designs on and you’re done. Peel off or use polish remover.
Maintenance Factor: Five-minute manicure, no drying time.
Lasts For: A week or so (longer if you ignore smudge-prone tasks like dishes).
Paint on the nontoxic formula and peel off when you’re ready—no remover.
Maintenance Factor: Like a regular manicure, but it peels off in seconds.
Lasts For: A few days to a week—if you’re lucky.
You pick from many looks, then have it done for you or buy all the products for DIY.
Maintenance Factor: Twenty minutes or so, depending on difficulty.
Lasts For: It’s regular polish (just looks cooler), so … a little more than a week.
An at-home version of salon gel treatments, this takes under five minutes to dry and leaves a patent finish without UV light. We were impressed.
Maintenance Factor: Twenty minutes to put on, five to remove.
Lasts For: One of our nails chipped slightly after 10 days—still way more durable than a regular mani.