The Best Nail Files For a Smooth Finish

Proper nail prep is key to making your manicure pop. For professional results in your very own home, try a glass nail file. Unlike emery boards and metal files, glass options can file in both directions and help seal the natural keratin layers together at the nail’s edge to prevent splitting, chipping, peeling and more. They’re also corrosion-resistant, so they’re bound to last longer.


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1. Bona Fide Beauty Glass Nail File

These feature a medium grit across the entire file for sleek filing in any direction, as well as a pointed tip for cleaning under dirt under nails. They also come in a selection of vibrant ombré hues for those who like their essentials to be cute, too.

Pros: They come with a handy case for keeping the nail file protected.

Cons: Some users may prefer a style that's wider across.

Bona Fide Beauty Glass Nail File

2. Mont Bleu Premium Set of 3 Nail Files

Complete with a large nail file and two smaller styles with pointed tips, this set allows you to buff and clean your nails for a full manicure treatment.

Pros: These are super durable. The grit gets finer towards the tip for even more precision. The smaller styles are especially handy for keeping in your makeup bag on the go. Each nail file comes with a lifetime guarantee to cover any damages or defects.

Cons: The velvet case included may not be as protective as harder alternatives.

Mont Bleu Premium Set of 3 Nail Files

3. ClassyLady Professional Glass Nail File

This crystal glass nail file features a pointed tip and comes with a hard case to protect the file on the go.

Pros: It also comes in a red-toned finish for more buying options.

Cons: This file isn't as slim or lightweight as other options, like Bona Bide Beauty's file.

ClassyLady Professionl Glass Nail File

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