So it was not at all unwelcome when Consumer Reports declared SinfulColors (specifically, Go Go Red - guess I'll have to pick it up for swatching later) the better buy not only over brands like Sally Hansen and Revlon but luxury brands like Chanel's Le Vernis polish line that breaks banks at $27 a bottle.
Here's what they had to say:
For $27 per bottle, Chanel Le Vernis nail polish had better be spectacular, especially if adding bottles of top coat and base coat brings the total cost to $79. But that “exclusive formula” was bested by five other polishes, including one that costs just $2 per bottle.
How we tested. We hired a professional manicurist to apply the tested polishes to 10 volunteers in our Yonkers, N.Y., headquarters. The panelists wore two products simultaneously, each on every other fingernail of both hands. On the seventh, 10th, and 14th days after each manicure, two trained testers evaluated the panelists’ fingernails and scored wear. We recruited 10 additional volunteers to apply and remove the polishes at home and assess ease of use.
What we found. Sinful Colors, which is a CR Best Buy; CND Vinylux; and Revlon looked very good at day 7 and good at day 10. In our home-use tests, CND Vinylux also took less time to dry. No products looked good at day 14. Sally Hansen and Covergirl looked good at day 7 and fair at day 10.
As for Chanel, four of 10 home-use panelists said it chipped the day they applied it...
Bottom line. Sinful Colors is top-rated and a CR Best Buy. It takes longer to dry than the other polishes, so if quick drying is important, choose CND Vinylux. It’s sold online and in nail salons; the others are sold online and in stores. If the convenience of one-step application appeals, try Sally Hansen or Covergirl.