Looking to refresh your pedicure or manicure this season? Consider this your ultimate guide to nail polishes for achieving professional-style results in your own home. We’ve rounded up a range of durable formulas available in dozens of sleek hues to suit your mood or preference. There are also polishes here designed to give you a traditional or gel finish, depending on how long you want it to last (gel polishes tend to last longer, making them great for those who don’t like to switch up their look as often). Even better? None of them require UV lamps. Keep reading to shop all our favorites.
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1. OPI Nail Lacquer, Reds
Available in over 20 different shades of red, this polish is designed to last at least a week without chipping.
Pros: The formula tends to go on smooth.
Cons: You may need at least two coats.
2. Essie Nail Polish
This iridescent formula comes in 28 red-tinged hues, from more orangey shades to bordeaux colors.
Pros: The brand’s exclusive easy-glide brush is fit for every nail size.
Cons: Some may find the formula a tad watery.
3. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish
This formula is available in over 30 neutral to bright shades and can last up to two weeks before needing a refresh.
Pros: When you want to swap out the color, it wipes off like regular nail polish.
Cons: It requires a top coat to achieve the gel finish.
4. Cirque Colors Creme Nail Polish
You can skip the visit to the salon with this option, as it delivers long-lasting, opaque pigment.
Pros: The non-toxic formula provides a rich finish.
Cons: It can be thick.
5. Zoya Pixie Dust Nail Polish
This glittering polish features large speckles and can be layered to create an opaque look. It’s available in four colored versions, including gold.
Pros: The formula is 10-free, making it a safe option.
Cons: Some may prefer a shinier finish.
6. Smith & Cult Nail Polish
This polish comes in a bold marigold hue, two shades of red, burnt orange and burgundy. The slim bottle features a modern gold lid.
Pros: It’s formulated without eight common harmful ingredients.
Cons: Some may find the brush a bit short.