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There are so many amazing nail treatments out there! In this series we’ll review the professional manicure systems for use on natural nails on the market today. Here we continue our series on selecting the perfect natural nail manicure system for your needs, looking at “hybrid” nail polish.
Hybrid Nail Polish
Hybrid nail polish is also called long-lasting or long-wear nail polish, and it attempts “borrow some of the best qualities from both gel and lacquer without needing to be cured” . It seems the goal in developing hybrid polish was to create a polish that would last as long as UV-cured gel polishes, but applies easily and could be removed as quickly as traditional nail polish. Some brands take this a step further by incorporating oligomers into their top coats that cure in ambient UV light, and become harder over the course of a day or so.
Hybrid polishes were introduced a few years ago, after the gel polish craze evened out, and seem to have been going steady ever since. Like traditional polish, they’re easy to apply in the salon or at home. Some brands make it even easier by requiring no base coat for their systems. However, it’s important to use the correct base (if required) and top coat for the system to achieve the result for these polishes.
Ready to try for yourself?
Some professional brands are:
- OPI Infinite Shine Primer, Long-Wear Lacquer, and Gloss
- China Glaze EverGlaze Prep, Extended Wear polish, and Active Top Coat
- CND Vinylux Long Wear Polish and Top Coat (no base required)
Easy-to-find drug and beauty store brands are:
- Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish and Top Coat (no base required)
- FingerPaints Endless Wear Nail Color and Top Coat
I tested the Sally Hansen brand earlier this year. Here’s one of my manis with a color called Shock Wave.
From my perspective, these hybrid polishes felt like a wannabe gel polish – they fell short on delivering on their promises and, overall, my experience with these was a non-starter. Leave a comment below with your experience! Is this your go-to natural nail product?