Does the color of nail polish affect how long it lasts?I'm doing a science project based off of this question and I can't find any answers!

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pacorz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It sounds as though you ought to be doing an experiment to answer the question for yourself. As the poster above indicates, this could be done with the help of some friends, or you could do it yourself by painting a different color on each of your nails and observing them.

You need to think carefully about experimental design (see the link below), so that any effects you see are really the result of the color. Other factors that could affect how long nail polish lasts include how thickly it is put on, what brand it is, and how much wear and tear the nails are getting.

I do think you have a good question here - darker colors of polish would most likely contain more pigment than lighter colors, so they may in fact be more resilient to wear and tear. However, the only way to know is to test out the idea. You should get several bottles of the same brand of nail polish in different colors. You can apply them to your own or your friends' nails as suggested above, or you could paint a stripe of each color onto a test surface and then expose the test surface to harsh physical conditions. If you cut strips of plastic from a plastic food container like a yogurt container or a milk jug, you could use the strips as test surfaces. To test the polish colors you could put the test strips in the dishwasher, soak them in water, or rub at them with a pot scrubber, sandpaper, or a little toothpaste.

najm1947 | Student

All such projects are required to be completed through actual experimentation.

Experiment can be conducted as under and completed it in ten days with the help of your friends. 5 volunteers may be used to conduct the experiment.

1. Apply nail polish to the all the toe nails of the volunteers.

2. Check the polish for its condition.

3. Remove polish from only one nail of each volunteer on each day and check the condition of nail for any ill effects like discoloration of nail etc.

On the eleventh day you will have enough data for analysis.

Precaution: In case of any irritation or damage to the nails or skin near nail of any volunteer, consult the doctor and follow his advice.


ant20 | Student

depends on which brand of nail polish you use.

astrosonuthird | Student

Yes! I think so!!!!!

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