These Are the Best Gel Nail Polishes, According to the Internet
The at-home manicure is a notoriously tricky endeavour. There's a lot that goes into it, between the having to paint a small area with your non-dominant hand and the impatiently waiting for the polish to dry and then accidentally smudging it. Once your nails are done, you go do the dishes and suddenly they're chipped.
A long-lasting manicure doesn't just exist underneath the UV lights at a nail salon. We're talking about these UV-less gel nail polishes. They're formulated to be ultra-durable and withstand chipping for at least a week, and they come in really pretty colours. Keep scrolling to see the best gel nail polishes.
This polish has a slightly thick formula that distributes well thanks to the wide brush. It also comes in a wide range of colours, from light neutral pinks to bold blues. Slate-R Girl is the perfect gray, in this writer's opinion. When combined with the corresponding top coat, reviewers report over a week of chip-free wear.
This polish has so many five-star reviews online, and it's easy to see why. It's a non-streaky, super-shiny lacquer that comes in over 60 shades and stays looking fresh for up to 10 days.
These polishes boast both display-worthy packaging and a stellar formula that goes on without streaking or bubbling. The best part: It really does last up to two weeks, according to reviewers.
Pro tip: Apply this nail polish in thin layers to minimise drying time. Follow with the accompanying top coat for a manicure that stays shiny and chip-free far longer than its regular polish counterparts.
You can't beat the price of this long-lasting gel polish from Essence. Plus, it's formulated without DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde and isn't tested on animals.
Turn any nail colour into gel polish with to this natural light–activated top coat. It imparts a glossy, high-shine finish that's chip-resistant for up to seven days.
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