I’ve been quite the gel manicure enthusiast for a while until my habit started wreaking havoc on my nails. We’re talking chipping, peeling, splitting; it’s too gross to go into detail so I’ll spare you but you get the idea.
I turned to gel manicures in the first place because I like to look polished and put together, but being an avid equestrian means nothing stays on my fingernails. You just can’t do anything around your horses and expect your manicure to last more than an hour at the barn.
It was looking like I was in quite a conundrum here since gel manicures were destroying my nails and regular manicures don’t stay put. Enter Ella+Mila Nail Polish, and prepare to fall in lacquer love.
With fashion-forward colors and a promise of chip-resistance, I was, of course, excited to get to review their nail polish, and you can bet I put them to the test! Other notable features are this line is quick-drying, high-shine, and is free of seven chemicals: Xylene or Camphor, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP).
Their nail polishes are also vegan, cruelty-free, and made in the United States! Ella+Mila also has the largest selection of nail polish colors I have ever seen; we’re talking more than my nail salon. They’re all bright, fun, and completely on-trend.
My first impression of Ella+Mila is that the packaging is perfect. I’m just a sucker for good design. The colors they sent me are absolutely beautiful too. When I opened up the bottle itself, I wasn’t hit with the typical chemical smell that accompanies pretty much every nail polish on the market, so I appreciate that. That gross traditional nail polish smell really churns my stomach every time.
When I applied the polish, I first tried it without any base or topcoats and it goes on great. It’s even to apply the color and it dries pretty quickly as well.
I’m always at the barn with my horses, and that’s a pretty surefire way to mess up a manicure that isn’t gel. I found that this polish didn’t chip off while doing things I normally do that result in standard ruination: like fastening blanket buckles and getting their bridles on.
Overall, I think Ella+Mila is a great pick for your next manicure. You can check out their whole line here!
Bre is a female millennial go getter residing in New York. One part entrepreneur, one part geek, she obtained her degree in Textile/Surface Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology.
She has held some exciting roles in both fashion as a designer working for brands like Victoria’s Secret and Henri Bendel, as well as in ad tech working for publishers like Ziff Davis.
Today she operates her own luxury label Bre Avery, and is also the Chief Chick at Chipchick.com which reaches millions of women each month.
Bre is passionate about keeping women informed of the latest technology trends and products to improve their lifestyle and believes in providing real, useful information and advice to her readers.
Chip Chick was provided with this product for free, in exchange for our honest feedback. All thoughts and opinions expressed are our own and not influenced by the company and/or its affiliates in any way.