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If I had written this post a month ago, I would have had over 60 nail polishes to write about. My collection was a bit absurd. Not only could I change my polish once a week for more than a year without repeating a color, but at least a third of the polishes were old and unusable. It was a waste of space and I wanted it all gone. Well almost all gone. Now, I’m down to only eight polishes … not includingย my two bottles of topcoat.

I decided to declutter my collection and only retain my favorite brand of the past year – Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy. With a busier schedule than ever, I have less time to paint my nails and need my manicure to last as long as possible. I’m hard on my nails, and any other polish only lasted a few days before chipping and leaving me looking like a crack whore.

revlon colorstay gel envy

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy typically lasts me a whole week before any visible {to other people} chips appear. Plus, I love that it’s only a two step process – the color has built in base coat – so I can have a fresh at-home manicure in under 30 minutes. And that includes more-than-ample drying time.

revlon colorstay gel envy

The only real downside to the line is the color range. It’s not as expansive as OPI or essie, but they do have the staple colors plus a few extras. I came back from Europe obsessed with only classic clothes, makeup and accessories, so I’m completely ok with the minimal color options. I told myself I wouldn’t buy more polish than would fit in this acrylic stand, so I have two more colors before I need to cut myself off. Decisions, decisions.


Tell me: What is your favorite nail polish brand?

26 Comments on The Only Nail Polish I Own

  1. Allison @neversaydiebeauty
    September 18, 2015 at 4:09 pm (7 years ago)

    You’ve convinced me that I need to try these. I am dying to find a polish that doesn’t chip on my strange nails on day 2

    • Kristin Bassett
      September 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm (7 years ago)

      Yes! You have to give these a try – make sure to use the color and top coat. Let me know what you think when you do.

  2. Lola Seicento
    September 18, 2015 at 4:58 pm (7 years ago)

    I definitely could benefit some decluttering as well!

    • Kristin Bassett
      September 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm (7 years ago)

      I still have a long way to go through the rest of my apartment, but this was the start of it.

  3. CosmetopiaDigest.com
    September 18, 2015 at 10:21 pm (7 years ago)

    You are inspiring me to declutter! I still keep a separated polish (OPI Jade is the New Black) because it was the first OPI I bought. Ugh!

    • Kristin Bassett
      September 22, 2015 at 12:37 pm (7 years ago)

      I take advantage of purging urges when they strike because normally it’s so hard for me to part with things.

  4. Erika
    September 19, 2015 at 12:41 am (7 years ago)

    I’m glad that this brand works so well for you. It was not so friendly to me. I tend to reach for OPI, China Glaze, Barielle, Color Club… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristin Bassett
      September 22, 2015 at 12:37 pm (7 years ago)

      Oh no, did it destroy your nails?

      • Erika
        September 22, 2015 at 7:50 pm (7 years ago)

        No. It bubbled really badly, chipped as if it was getting paid to do so and as I was removing it, Smurfed me something awful. lol Some brands just don’t work out for some people. This one and I are just not compatible. Hee! Hee!

  5. Collective Beauty
    September 19, 2015 at 12:47 am (7 years ago)

    I’ve actually never tried a Revlon polish, but any formula that lasts a while without chipping sounds like a dream!

    • Kristin Bassett
      September 22, 2015 at 12:38 pm (7 years ago)

      I hadn’t before this specific line, and I love it (obviously since I tossed the rest of my polish)!

  6. MandyChameleonStampede
    September 19, 2015 at 1:32 am (7 years ago)

    I’m with ya… there needs to be a declutter in my future

    • Kristin Bassett
      September 22, 2015 at 12:38 pm (7 years ago)

      I have a long way to go before the rest of my apartment is decluttered, but this was a start ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Brianna
    September 19, 2015 at 2:04 am (7 years ago)

    My favorite nail polish brand was Cult Nails, but they’re no longer in business ๐Ÿ™ I’ve been using a lot of AILA Cosmetics lately though!

    • Kristin Bassett
      September 22, 2015 at 12:38 pm (7 years ago)

      I haven’t used either brand. When I’m feeling like branching out again, I’ll look into AILA ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. marciaf
    September 19, 2015 at 2:11 am (7 years ago)

    I’m shaking at the thought of just one brand. Couldn’t do it! My favorite is KBShimmer.

    • Kristin Bassett
      September 22, 2015 at 12:42 pm (7 years ago)

      It took me almost a full year from considering purging to purging, but now it feels so good. I haven’t tried KBShimmer before, but I’ve seen swatches on your blog and the colors are gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Shipra Taneja
    September 19, 2015 at 2:58 am (7 years ago)

    I decluttered, and it does feel great, so I do know how you feel! <3 These look fantastic! <3

    • Kristin Bassett
      September 22, 2015 at 12:39 pm (7 years ago)

      There is a lot more decluttering that needs to happen, but when I tossed these, it felt like I had dropped 15 pounds … and regained an entire shelf in my book case ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Heather
    September 19, 2015 at 5:28 am (7 years ago)

    I think I peed a little when I read the crack whore comment heheh.. I hate chipped polish, I always feel like it ruins my outfit,hair,makeup everything because it looks like I don’t care heheh. These are great, I love the Sally Hansen gel polishes too. They have sets of 2 at Target right now for $7.48 so I may have bought a few heheh

    • Kristin Bassett
      September 22, 2015 at 12:40 pm (7 years ago)

      Ohhh maybe when I’m feeling trapped by just one brand, I’ll check those out. Thanks for the tip!

  11. Brooke @ Blushing Noir
    September 20, 2015 at 3:18 pm (7 years ago)

    I always want to declutter nail polish but it proves to be a harder task for me that decluttering makeup… they’re just all so pretty!

    • Kristin Bassett
      September 22, 2015 at 12:35 pm (7 years ago)

      Trust me, I hear you. All of a sudden, I had a serious urge to just get rid of it all, so I made sure I did it right then and there rather than hesitate and decide to hoard them all still. I have to say, I don’t miss any of them ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. all_the_words025
    September 20, 2015 at 8:20 pm (7 years ago)

    I need to de-stash a bit too (nail polish is taking over!) I’ve only tired one shade from this collection but not the top coat. I can’t stand chips, so I should give it a go.

    • Kristin Bassett
      September 22, 2015 at 12:34 pm (7 years ago)

      You should definitely try the polish again and use the top coat this time. It was a game changer for me.

  13. ElleSees.net
    October 3, 2015 at 11:17 am (7 years ago)

    they do need to make more colors!! i love ’em!