I like to think my nail routine is pretty comprehensive. Cuticle removers, a handful of tools, files, gels and oils make up my ritual. But it was missing something and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. It was only when chatting to my friend, complaining that polishes don’t last that long on my albeit, flakey, nails that she asked whether I buff. ‘Buff?’, I said. ‘I haven’t done that since I was 15 and handed a manicure set by my beauty obsessed Aunty!’ (adding fire to my own already burning beauty obsession). There’s something about the four sided, brick of files that seemed a little retro. But no doubt I took her advice and put aside some time to buff off…

Now I’m no expert, but after a quick dig in Google, it looks like nail buffing helps to soften any ridges in the nail and help them look nice and shinny. I guess with any type of sloughing notion you’re also ridding the nail of any crud and giving yourself a nice, fresh surface to paint on, which hopefully equals longer lasting nail polish (hooray!). I have to say since following my mates advice I’ve noticed less tip-wear and my polish lasted a whole five days before I felt the need to remove it – which is pretty darn good for me. Word of caution though, you’re only supposed to buff about once a month if you wear coloured polish often, less if you don’t. Less is more and all that.

I picked this up from Boots – it’s their ‘4 Way Buffer Block’ and costs a bargainalicious ร‚ยฃ2. Fabulous. So from now on I’ll be setting some time aside each month to get a little ‘retro’.


  • Natasha

    Love your blog and you tube videos! Randomly I ‘buffed’ at the weekend when I was clearing out my drawer and found a nails inc buffer block that I had bought ages ago in a set. I am now wearing a 4 day ciate polish on my nails and it still looks fine – normally I change my nails every couple of days! ‘To buff’ is definitely the way forward!

  • jess

    i always find it amazing how doing something little like this can make such a difference, my polish lasts so much longer after i have buffed and i can always tell when they need it as i get chips more frequently, fab post ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Svetlana

    I got addicting to buffing for this same reason – nailpolish would last so long! Just a word of warning though…my nails became very thin and weak. And then they started breaking! The lady at my salon said the buffing was to blame. Havent buffed in a year and with some help from Nail Envy, my nails are looking strong again. Be careful if you have weaker nails to begin with

  • Liv

    I’ve been using Leighton Denny renovate for my flaky nails (which comes with a lovely gentle buffer) and its worked miracles! The only down side is I had to go cold turkey on my nail varnish for a few days but its very good! Xxx

  • abeautyromance

    I have been using the sephora one and I use it all the time! They are great to have in case of a nail emergency! ๐Ÿ™‚ รขโ„ขยฅ

  • Phoebe

    I haven’t had one of these for years! I need something to stop chipping desperately.

  • Luxe.

    I used to have one of these back in the days!x

  • Bee Bumble

    ohh god! Iv been buffing every week:L whoopsies

  • I buff every time I remove my polish…maybe I should cut down

  • Katie Fawcett

    Love these 4 way files/buffers! I really need to use mine more.
    Katie xo

  • Kayla

    I need a new one of these, thanks for the reminder! Have you done a full post on your nail routine and favourite products? If not I’d love to see one! x