True, you have to go to a salon to get it done and back to get it soaked off (unless you choose to peel them off painfully) but honestly $20 for two (or more) weeks of unchipped, shiny nails is not much to ask for. Best thing is, you don't have to worry about waiting for the polish to dry-- once it's ready, you're good to go!
The brand in particular that my salon carries is Gelish but there are a couple of other brands like Shellac. I'm not sure about their differences (if any) but I'm pretty satisfied with my Gelish manis. I've tried several colors but I can't seem to get enough of the sparkles! I love my nail lady, Bee, who is also a glitter enthusiast. Not only does she always encourage glitter nails but never fails to end my manicure with a "beaaautiful"!
Here's a pic of my nails the day after I got them done. Sparkle sparkle!
Here it is a week and a half later. Not much has changed; no chips or dullness. Only noticeable change is the nails growing out.
Definitely go to your nearest salon and give your nails a makeover! My nail color is making me crave for some mint ice cream with sprinkles on this cold and rainy San Francisco night.. Hmmmmm...