I've tried a lot of different nail polishes, from drugstore to Essie to OPI and more. Essie polish has a weird, glue-like texture and doesn't spread well. With most every other polish, I have to use a rubberized base coat, two coats of polish, and a top coat to keep it on for a few days. I've been wearing this polish for a few days already and still no chips! I should add that I only used one coat and nothing else--no base or top coat. I'm impressed!