What Are You Wearing on Your Nails?

Published in: Just For Fun, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Today I’m wearing two coats of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Distortion ($10), a deep metallic navy from the fall Unknown Pleasures collection, along with Sephora X Base Coat and Shine Top Coat, my current go-to polish protectors.

I did this pretty haphazard mani last Saturday while simultaneously reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone on the couch, and I was at a thrilling “OHMYGOSH!” moment in the book, so I wasn’t really paying close attention to my nails.


You know what though? Sometimes good enough is fine. 🙂

As for Distortion’s durability, after two and a half full days, tiny chips have already started to appear on the nails of my right hand, but I can’t spite the lacquer for that because I rushed through the application, and I do put my hands through a lot. Lots of typing, testing cleansers and lotions, stuff like that, and I usually don’t (read: almost never) wear gloves when I do the dishes, so there’s also that.

How about you, babe? What are you currently wearing on your nails (and what are you thinking about wearing next)?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Out of curiosity, what’s the longest lasting nail polish formula you’ve ever tried? So far on my list of long-lasting lacquers, I have OPI, Tom Ford and Dior.


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  1. Agata says:

    I am wearing Zoya Pepper on my nails this week with a CND Sticky Base coat and Sephora Formula X top coat. I feel like with any nail polish, the top coat makes the biggest difference and a lot depends not just on a brand but on particular shade.
    Agata recently posted … Pick Your Weapon- Powder or Liquid Foundation?

  2. Kelly B. says:

    This is a cool gunmetal shade for fall! I haven’t tried the OCC formula yet but I might have to after seeing this shade! I’ve got a boring cream baby pink from F21 on my nails right now-a sign I need to pick up some new fall shades!
    Kelly B. recently posted … 3 Fall Eyeshadows I Bet You Don’t Already Own!

  3. That OCC color is stunning! I am wearing Butter London’s Brown Sugar that I just picked up from Ulta’s recent 2 for $15 beauty steal sale!
    Kristina Vieweg recently posted … Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish

  4. Ashley says:

    Karen I love your blog! My new favorite nail Polish is called Vinylux by CND and it is amazing!! It’s like shellac but you can remove it yourself with regular nail polish remover! It promises a full week and I was super skeptical at first, but I always get at least 5-6 days before any chips! I am rough on my hands too, with two kids I am always washing my hands, dishes, etc…you should look into it, it’s so great!

  5. Alison M says:

    I have nothing on my nails right now, but plan to try one of the new Topshop Molten Metallics shades next. I love Distortion and Technopagan from the OCC Unknown Pleasures collection. Beautiful shades!

  6. Shannon says:

    my nails are nekkid right now… I’ve been keeping them very short to try and convince myself to practice mandolin more! (it’s *kind of* working.) Next up, though, is a coat or two of OPI Queen of the Road, from the mustang collection. That shimmery black just tugs at me!

  7. A boring clear top coat… But last week I wore Estee Lauder’s new Heart Beet all week!
    Kiss & Make-up recently posted … Review | Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow Collection

  8. Eleine says:

    Have you tried DIY gel nails? I never ever use regular polish any more because I’m too busy/lazy to remove and replace it all the time and end up with gross chipped nails. My gel nails last at least two weeks looking nearly flawless and I remove them just because my nails have grown out.

  9. CrystalCandy says:

    Ohhh that’s a pretty color! I’m not wearing anything right now, I removed my Impress Press-On nails yesterday (Dancing Queen from the Back to School collection)!
    CrystalCandy recently posted … Nars Audacious Lipstick in Juliette

  10. My nails are bare at the moment but I plan to paint them in a burgundy shade from Orly tomorrow! Love your nail color!
    Ankita@corallista recently posted … Makeup Look : Sparkly Copper Eyes, Neutral Lips (MAC Reflects Copper Glitter Look)

  11. Megan says:

    I’m actually wearing Jamberrys, one of my friends from college started selling them and at first I thought it was going to be really hard to put them on, but after the first nail – which admittedly was a little wonky, I quickly got the hang of it and it’s not easy. They last long with no chips and are awesome. I don’t know the name of the pattern i have on. They are maroon with like a pink paisley print on them. If you haven’t tried them I highly recommend checking them out.

  12. Jess says:

    I am wearing Zoya Brigitte right now…I’ve been really digging neutrals lately. In terms of longest-wearing polish formula, I’d say Rescue Beauty Lounge, Deborah Lippmann and Zoya would be at the top of my list!

  13. txabela says:

    My trusty and forgiving Orly’s Rage. I have about 60-70 different polishes that i have decided to store outside my room after a weekend of declutering and deep cleaning. So painted them quickly at work on monday. It is the only polish I keep in my desk

  14. Jessica says:

    Currently wearing OPI It’s All Greek to Me but I will be trying Milani’s Bombshell next. OPI, Dior, and Lancôme are my fave formulas.

  15. Ann Karlin says:

    Wearing OPI’s Miami Beet. My polish always chips the second day from dishes, cooking, life!

  16. Lorraine says:

    Wearing a England Sleeping Palace. Our cool fall weather hasn’t arrived yet but it is fall on my nails! I second the vote for Estée Lauder polish longevity. The new formula is very long wearing and shiny. Certain Chanel polishes have great wear time on me, but not others. I was warned against Frenzy, gorgeous color, chiptastic formula. For some reason, my nails hang onto Frenzy for dear life. Wish all my Chanels did the same!

  17. Cathy says:

    I always wear gel varnish over my acrylic nails, and I change colour or design every time. Currently I’m wearing a glittery peachy colour!

  18. Rachel P. says:

    Right now I have OPI Bubble Bath on my nails- my favorite nude polish! Pale without being pasty! Gonna switch over to Essie Midnight Cami tonight, though- ready for a nice dark change of pace!

  19. Ruth says:

    Polish didn’t last longer than a day for me until I accidently discovered the following: Sally Beauty’s Sea Breeze astringent in the white bottle. It says, “For Professional Care” and is a different formula from the drugstore kind.
    Wipe your bare nails thoroughly with this before applying polish. The polish will be on to stay! I don’t even get tip wear. In a few days, when your polish looks a little scuffed and in need of freshening, wipe your nails again with Sea Breeze and apply another coat of clear topcoat.
    I had tried alcohol, other astringents, scrubbing with Dawn detergent…no luck. This Sea Breeze formula has made a huge difference in my manicures!

  20. Marisa says:

    That’s a lovely gunmetal color I have been feeling similarly colored smokey eye makeup so I might need this color in my life I have been intending to try out the “pretty grunge” trend and this would be a great color for my nails. Currently I an wearing Essie’s Berry Naughty with a platinum glitter on the tips.

  21. Betsy says:

    I’m wearing a base coat of Perfect Formula Gel Coat (helps my nails grow long), two coats of China Glaze Red Pearl (LOVE this color – it’s reminiscent of those red cellophane-wrapped heart-shaped boxes of valentine candy) and finally a topcoat of Deborah Lippmann’s Addicted to Speed (super fast-drying and super shiny). What will I wear next? I never know until minutes before I do my nails again – maybe OPI Big Apple, China Glaze Make an Entrance or (if UPS arrives soon with my latest Nordstrom order) Estee Lauder’s Hot Berry. Sigh… decisions, decisions… My longest-lasting nail polish? China Glaze, definitely.

  22. Ashleigh says:

    That color is really pretty! I want a dark gray for fall…
    Currently wearing ORLY luxe on fingers (though must re-paint!) and Milani Teal on my toes. Was going to spend some time tonight repainting though 🙂

    I -just- bought two UD polishes (Vice and Addiction) from the Hautelook sale going on now. I’m pretty excited because I’ve always thought the UD polishes were amazing-looking but never quite shelled out for them. But they’re only $5 right now which I thought was a great deal so I snagged two! 🙂

  23. I’m wearing Doctor Lacquer (an indie polish brand) ‘Chlorophyll’ topped with OPI ‘The Man With the Golden Gun.’ It’s my day off, so my nails are usually pretty obnoxious when that happens.

  24. Fancie says:

    Such a pretty blue! I’m rocking a white matte mani with a zig zag design on my ring fingers and studs on my middle and index finger. Love it!
    Fancie recently posted … Urban Decay Vice LTD Palette Coming Soon!

  25. Meghan says:

    Currently not wearing anything on my finger nails! I have a mini Ciaté polish on my toes from their holiday 2013 collection I think… It looks like an oil spill blue. I’m gonna wear bright polishes next! I’m not ready to give up summer colours! It’s already boot weather here!
    Best long-lasting polish is Illamasqua & my favourite top coat is Sèche Vite!

  26. Lisa Foster says:

    I’m currently wearing Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail lacquer in Street Flair (dusty lavendar) with the SH Miracle Gel topcoat. It’s the first time I’ve used it and I have been very impressed with the formula and wear. Four days now and no visible tip wear or chips. I’m thinking of picking up a couple other colors.

  27. Kim says:

    I am polish free but I did actually rub some cuticle oil in today. With the cooler (drier) weather coming around, that will need to be a daily event. 🙂

    I’m down with your color from OCC (yeah, you know me – he he) but haven’t tried anything from the brand. I never use base or top coats so I’m not a good judge of what lasts – everything chips within a day or so, but that’s my own fault.

  28. M says:

    Love that color! I just painted my nails Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm? from the OPI Nordic collection (the color that they describe as an “icy blue-violet”). I tried My Dogsled is a Hybrid, the turquoise from the same collection, about a week ago and it chipped like crazy, but I’m thinking it may be because I got lazy with my CND Solar Oil application. That seems to be the only thing that helps me keep polish on. So, I’ve been applying it every day for the past week and I’m hoping I can hang onto this polish. It’s such an amazing shade of purple!

  29. Niki says:

    This color is gorgeous! I’m currently wearing OPI Coca-Cola Red and I love the shade but the formula isn’t the best. The longest wearing formulas I’ve found are the Londontown nail lacquers, which are amazing, and Formula X!
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  30. Ditte K says:

    Dance Legend’s Undersea 🙂 As for long lasting polish I also vote for OPI

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