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Sunday, May 22, 2011

OPI Chip Skip: Does it Help to Skip the Chip or Not?

OPI Chip Skip works as a base coat to adhere your nail polish and give it something to grab on to, in attempt to get it to stay put. At first glance, I thought this was a super odd formula in that it looks like water when you shake the bottle around. The brush is very teeny and you don't apply it quite like you would any normal polish because it dries before you can even see where you put it. Rather, I had to lay the brush on its side and swish back and forth to get a proper amount of product on the nail. The formula instantly absorbs onto the nail leaving you wonder if you even applied enough for it to do the job. In order to avoid being hasty with my judgment, I wanted to use this stuff a few times to give it a fair shot. It wouldn't be exactly accurate if say, I used the product, and went about my day bleaching my bath tubs or scrubbing the inside of my oven and then reporting back that my nails were chipping and it was all Chip Skip's fault! Rather, I've used the product several times with the same results, leaving me to surmise, that OPI Chip Skip is totally worth skipping. Rather than being a "Chip Protector", it acts more like a "Chip Provider." Below is a photo of me wearing three coats of Essie Lapis of Luxury over OPI CS and under one coat of Seche-Vite. In order to be even more efficient, I've used a couple of different top coats while testing out the OPI CS. One good thing I can come away from this experience with is that the Essie polish I used is an absolutely gorgeous periwinkle shade that I will be using over and over.

This is what I used to paint my nails on Thursday and this is what my nails looked like by late Saturday:

Essie Lapis of Luxury over OPI Chip Skip (after 2 days of wear, above)

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  1. Wow! I cannot believe it did that! I have been using this stuff religiously for years. However, I only use it on my toenails as I feel like my fingernails are already dry and brittle and this stuff just seems like a moisture-extractor.

  2. I hear ya on the moisture-extracting quality, I never thought about that but my nails are fairly brittle as well and it seemed to make them worse. I think a regular base coat works better but I think some people may do well with the Chip Skip.

  3. umm
    you're using it wrongly...
    you're supposed to apply one coat, then use a base coat then use a color.