I travel around the world and love sharing stories about my finds, but sometimes I forget that I live in a pretty awesome city. I’m trying to share some of my NYC finds with you all so you can make plans for your next NYC trip, or if you are a New York City mama, I hope to inspire you to try something new! Today I’m sharing my love of Paintbox, the best manicure in New York City.
In New York City, it seems there is a manicure spot on every corner. At most of them you can get a so-so manicure for about $17 with tip about $22. Not a bad deal, but not great. NYC is all about finding the exceptional. When you want a work of art, you go to Paintbox.
This Soho spot is much more posh than your normal nail salon, There’s a big sun-lit lounge that greets you. While you wait, sip a glass of champagne as you pour over the look book. Paintbox is about nail art. They provide nail trends to make your manicure a statement.
Give yourself time to make an educated pick. You can get a basic gel manicure, but why not go big with a seasonal design. I opted for something called the “Moonlight” on my recent visit.
Each season the team at Paintbox comes up with new designs. This season, I am loving all the metallics mixed with dark colors.
Once you decide, you’ll step back into the studio with all the artists. These women are well-trained and so creative. They want you to take some risks.
The artists will shape and trim your nails to perfection. Then they set about adding the rich colors. They are armed with an assortment of tools to give your nails a precise design. Be prepared to relax and enjoy the process.
On this trip, Diana was my artist. The gel manicure took about an hour. She started with two base coats, and then she applied this gold color.
From there we alternated with the dryer and the black lacquer. I love the bold dramatic combo. The process flies by as you watch the artist bring the vision to life.
My Paintbox manicures last 2-3 weeks, my recent manicurist told me to add oil to my nails to extend the life of this manicure – a tip I’m going to try.
Gel designs start at $68. It’s more to remove a previous gel manicure. For me, this is a splurge, I love the look and enjoy the three-week manicure that I get for this price. If your are visiting, you can’t go wrong. Paintbox is the best manicure in New York City. Book your appointment here,
This Paintbox the best manicure in New York City feature is not sponsored.