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 from top nail brands like OPI, Essie and more.
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1. OPI Nail Lacquer, Reds
Available in 31 red-toned hues, this shimmering polish is designed to last at least a week without chipping.
Pros: The formula tends to go on smooth and isn’t prone to brush strokes.
Cons: You may need at least two coats for the best results.
2. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish
This formula is available in over 90 neutral to bright shades and can last up to two weeks before it needs a refresh. When you want to swap out the color, it wipes off with regular nail polish remover.
Pros: The formula is quite affordable.
Cons: The top coat required to get the gel finish must be purchased separately.
3. Essie Nail Polish
This iridescent formula comes in 53 versatile shades and is also long-lasting.
Pros: It’s designed to last at least a week without chipping.
Cons: The polish is somewhat watery.
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