Cosmopolitan Magazine says men won't notice a change in nail polish, but they will notice a change in nail length. According to the January issue, "Guys usually perceive a difference in your look when it relates to them. So if your nails go from short to long or from square to pointy, he'll feel a difference when you touch his skin or stroke his back. But when you switch your nail polish shade from coral to purple? That doesn't have an impact on him. It's not that he has checked out or is not paying any attention. It's that's he more focused on other aspects of you."
The magazine says not to worry about chips, but to massage a cuticle conditioner in each night to keep hands soft and smooth. They like OPI's Avoplex Cuticle Oil to Go.