In The VIP Chair: Victoria Nails New York, NY

In The VIP Chair salon reviews

My polish chipped after one day. You can imagine my frustration as I had a few events to go to and needed my nails to be perfectly manicured. The crazy thing is I cannot work out why my nails chipped so easily. So let me take a few step backs so I can understand how they became so destroyed after one day.

I walked up the stairs to Victoria Nails located on the second floor of 379 Park Ave, no easy feat after herniating a disc in my back, that pain is serious. I was grateful for the helpful staff who took my coat and led me to a manicure station. That was after I choose my color, a smoky deep steel blue Zoya polish called Natty. Their polish selection was vast and I was impressed they carried a small range of Zoya polishes which are normally ultra-long wearing.

Their pricing strategy was interesting as they charged by the polish you choose. For instance, if you chose OPI or Essie, it was $10 for a manicure, Zoya was $15 and Essie Gel Couture was $17. My nail technician did a great job and used the Zoya base and top coat to compliment my manicure. This is why I don’t understand why my nails chipped after one day. Whenever I paint my nails with Zoya at home, it lasts at least four to five days, not one.

Despite this, the service I received was good. My technician even gave me a shoulder and neck rub for a few extra minutes while my nails dried. I would go back to this salon, it was old but seemed to be clean. All of the instruments were individually packaged and sanitized and the nail technicians were all wearing masks. I will keep you posted if I work out why my polish chipped so quickly.


Until next time,

Ruth Shelling

Ambience: Busy, not relaxing (maybe because I was in a rush – what else is new, I feel like I am always rushing)

Cleanliness of salon: Clean, with individual wrapped and sanitized instruments. The staff was well presented. The restroom had numerous bleach containers and cleaning products stacked on top of each other, so clearly they like to clean.

Polish: Manicure: Zoya Natty – Retails $10 CND

Polish job & chip factor: polish chipped after 1 day

Color range: Vast range of quality polishes, Essie, OPI, CND & Zoya

Customer engagement: friendly, engaged and offered great customer service

Price range:  Special manicure & pedicure: $30, regular pedicure $22, regular manicure $10. Zoya: manicure $17, pedicure $27. Essie Gel Couture: manicure $17, pedicure $29

Ruth Shelling

As the Publisher for, Ruth has 20-years of media, marketing, and sales experience. Currently, she writes the quirky and funny column In the VIP Chair with Ruth Shelling that is all about the crazy salon experiences she has throughout Manhattan and New Jersey.

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