In an age where manicures and pedicures aren’t cheap(and that’s even without the use of acrylic), more and more people are choosing to do their nails at home. The problem with that, of course, is that there are tons of options (way too many) when it comes to nail polishes. Knowing which brands to go with and what they can do with your nails can take lots of research.
That is, until today, because we’ve done all the research for you, Now, we won’t tell you what the best colors are, but we will tell you about the best lines from some of the top companies in the business. If you’d like to know which polishes you should add to your collection, please keep reading.
1. Essie Gel Couture
Essie’s Gel Couture line gives the look and feel of a gel manicure in two simples steps. It needs no lamp and isn’t difficult to remove. The less than $9 polish line has more than 40 shades, all luxurious in their own right. After the polish, some topcoat is required and the process will then be complete. What’s left with be a flawless and long-lasting finish.
2. Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear
Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails line is one of the hottest for 2019. One, it’s incredibly cheap (under $3). Two, it promises a pop of color with just one coat. Three, it’s formaldehyde and toluene-free and did we mention that it comes in thirty of the most beautiful and trendy colors? In addition to that, there are tons of reviews all over the internet raging about how great this product truly is.
3. Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel
Revlon’s ColorStay Gel Envy ranks so high this year because buyers say that it’s the closest nail polish they’ve seen to a gel polish that does not require the use of a light. The nail polish is also incredibly durable, especially with its $8.99 price tag. It’s reported to last through more than just the average everyday wear and tear, and with more than ten shades, you’ll be set for months on end.
4. Tom Ford Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford’s Nail Lacquer is the most expensive ($37) on the list, but it’s a definite must-have if you’re a huge nail polish lover. For starters, the line has just around 11 colors, all of which range from beautiful blushes to bright pinks and neutrals and even a few plums. It’s described as being an amplified gloss and shine lacquer meant to match one’s mood. All these things in addition to its high-performance formula make it a complete standout.
5. OPI Nail Lacquer
OPI’s Nail Lacquer is by far one of the best in the industry. The company has managed to stay at the top of their game for years, even collaborating with the likes of Nicki Minaj. This line, in particular, is one of the best because it dries extremely fast. These $10.50 apiece polishes are available in so many colors that very few people know the actual count.
6. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel
Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel polish line is one that people have been talking about from the time it was released. It’s a gel polish that requires you to apply the color first, then instead of placing it under a light to activate, you simply add the topcoat, which is its second step. The actual polish retails for $10, and the topcoat, less than $8 in some places.
7. Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Lacquer
Maybelline’s New York Color Show is an amazing bargain polish that is available for less than $5. In a sea of other nail polishes, this one lasts almost a week without any use of a top or base coat- and that’s for those who use their hands for vigorous activities, too. The line has colors like Blush Berry, City Smoke and Fire Island and another twenty colors that you can choose from.
8. Jin Soon Nail Lacquer
Jin Soon, the creator of this brand, was known as one of the best nail technicians in the business before she created her company. With A-list celebrities in her clientele, she knew exactly what to do when creating a polish, one that would last, look good and go on smoothly. The polishes are $18 each, has a formula free of formaldehyde and has a wide range of colors that has something for everyone.
9. CND Vinylux Long Wear Polish
This particular CND Vinylux polish is one of the most underrated on the market. The creators promise that it dries incredibly fast, that it stays chip-free for at least five days and that its price tag of $10.50 is an absolute steal. The formula is said to have ingredients that help the polish adhere to the nail better, eliminating the need for a base coat. It does take about 15 minutes to dry, but the lasting effects are more than worth it to buyers.
10. CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss
In a sea of nail polishes, this CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant polish truly delivers when it comes to being chip resistant. When tested by users, the average said that it can go for almost a week without needing to be redone; some say the first sign of a chip occurs after day four. At less than $5 is surely is a bargain, one you can get in over thirty different colors.
11. Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer
Smith & Cult’s Nailed Lacquer is quite the splurge, but it is completely worth it. At $18 for the nail polish (the base coat and top coat are also $18 each) they do fall on the more expensive side, but there is a reason why. Their formulas are free of lots of harmful ingredients like xylene and triphenyl phosphate. In addition to that, they have a wide range of beautiful colors that stay shiny for as long as they’re on the nails.
12. Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color
The big fuss about Chanel’s nail polishes came about because finally, the masses didn’t have to pay hundreds or thousands to own something from this luxury line. Their Le Vernis Longwear line, which retails for $28 flew off the shelves and is still extremely popular today. For many reasons, including the fact that they
13. Butter London Patent Shine 10x Nail Lacquer
This Butter London polish has quite the name and it’s because it does so much. In addition to the wide array of colors these polishes make the nails stronger due to its bamboo extract. They don’t fade because it had UV absorbers and it’s chip and shock-resistant because of its special formula. Technology-wise, it’s one of the best and most innovative at the moment. And for $18, you can have it too.
14. Wet n Wild MegaLast Nail Color
The Wet n Wild Brand is notorious for its cheap prices. Their products are pretty amazing and are more than a bargain, even for those who are on tight budgets. But most are willing to pay a lot more for the quality of this amazing product which goes on smoothly, dries extremely quickly, and has a long-lasting formula. The chipping is minimal and the finished product looks exactly like the color in the bottle.
15. Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish
Deborah Lippmann’s Gel Lab Pro is known all over for its formula, its long-lasting shine, and the gel finish it gives off without the use of a UV light. Said formula is also vegan and doesn’t contain any of the harmful seven ingredients that many other polishes possess (formaldehyde, camphor, xylene, etc). As a stand-alone product, the polish costs $20. As a set with its top and base coat, it’s $45.