If you pay attention to Dani Stahl's Twitter
, you know there's a major manicure obsession in our office: Marie Nails.
The salon from Tokyo opened an outpost across the street from our building, and we love their Cal-Gel procedure. It works like a normal manicure, except it's heated underneath a UV light at the end. The result? Your manicure stays put for 3-4 weeks, with no chipping - and deters nail-biters with amazing strength.
The only drawback is cost: The gels run $50 - $100, and we don't always have the cash to back up our cravings. So when Sephora came out with an at-home version, we had to test it ourselves.
Perfect Formula Online Gel costs $24, smells "normal," and takes about five minutes to dry. It comes in clear and a tinted pink, and works as either a base and top coat or by itself. And though it doesn't last as long as a Cal-Gel treatment, it'll keep your nails chip-free for about ten days.
Each bottle costs $25 - not bad when you consider the wear and tear it's saving your manicure.
--FARAN KRENTCILGet it at Sephora