photo: Ileana Paules-Bronet

In high school and most of college, I painted my nails every week without fail. I tried tons of different brands — from the super-affordable polishes like Sally Hansen to midrange polishes like OPI and Essie to high-end brands like Butter London. I've tried all sorts of base coats, top coats, nail art pens, special tools, etc. I wouldn't say I'm a manicure expert, but I definitely know what I'm talking about when it comes to classic nail polish (i.e., not gel or powder).

So when I say I was shocked by the KISS New York Professional Quick Dry Nail Polish, believe me. Let me explain why.

A few weeks ago, I received two bottles of the KISS New York Quick Dry Nail Polish in a PR package. I'll be honest, I didn't think much of them. I added them to my nail polish bag and moved on.

photo: Ileana Paules-Bronet

The night before Easter, I decided I wanted to swap out my bright pink polish for something a little more springy and pastel. I looked through my nail polish bag and came across the two KISS polishes I was sent — Peri-Blue and High Lighter — and I decided those colors were perfect for the look I was going for.

photo: Ileana Paules-Bronet

I prepped my nails with my normal Sally Hansen Color Therapy Beautifiers Strengthening Base Coat, then went in with the Peri-Blue KISS New York Professional Quick Dry Nail Polish. It was a much thicker formula than I was used to, so I was initially a little thrown off. After a minute, I got the hang of it, and I quickly finished painting my two coats. Next, I went in with the shade High Lighter to add a little flair to three of my nails. I finished off my manicure with my OPI Top Coat. After a few hours of drying, my nails still felt tacky to the touch, so I was skeptical that they would even last overnight.

photo: Ileana Paules-Bronet

Well, they definitely lasted overnight — and here's where things get interesting. A full week after painting my nails, they still looked perfect. I mean, perfect. It looked like I had just painted them that day. I figured that was all about to change, since my fiancé and I decided to tear out all the concrete in our 20 foot x 20 foot backyard. I put on my gardening gloves and we got to work. After a few hours of sledgehammering, removing concrete, and digging through the dirt, I finally took off my gloves to assess the damage.

photo: Ileana Paules-Bronet

They still looked... impeccable. I was stunned. I was sure they would at least be cracked or showing some wear and tear. But nope! They looked perfect... it was like witchcraft. I put my gloves back on and kept working, assuming I'd start to see some breakdown as we finished the yard work.

photo: Ileana Paules-Bronet

At the end of the day, my body was exhausted — we'd been working in the backyard for five hours. My legs were tired, my back was tight, my arms were sore, even my fingers were hurting. My nails, on the other hand, still looked incredible. There were two tiny cracks on my left thumbnail, but they were only visible when I was inspecting my nails up close.

photo: Ileana Paules-Bronet

Need proof? Those photos that I showed you earlier in this article? I took those today — a full 10 days after I painted them. I still only have one nail that has any sort of chipping, and it's only on the top layer (the High Lighter shade chipped on my thumb nail, but the Peri-Blue shade underneath is still perfect).

The very best thing about this nail polish? It only costs $2.99.

(This post isn't sponsored, KISS is not paying me to write any of this. I literally just love this nail polish.)


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