The best gel nail polishes for long-lasting colour
No nail tech needed!
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Content Producer / March 01 2021
Addicted to gel manis but don’t always have time to see your nail technician? Why not try nailing (pun intended) the look for yourself from the comfort of your own home?
With UV gel nail dryers now available at places like Amazon, there’s no better time to snuggle in at home and perfect your nail polishing skills. And while we’re not expecting to recreate runway-worthy nail moments, having the option to do our tips ourselves is always a nice load off the ol’ wallet from our bi-weekly trips into the salon.
So, for the nail obsessed among us who are ready to take the whole damn routine into their own hands, here are the best gel nail polishes for the job.
Best Gel Nail Polishes Australia
As the OG’s of nail colour, OPI have an impressively extensive range of gel polishes to choose from. The thin formula goes on smooth for a streak-free finish and vivid colour pay-off. Look forward to an endless stream of compliments after applying this strong and shiny offering to nails.
Essie Nail Polish Gel Couture
Arguably the kings of creating a covetable pinky-nude, Essie have taken everything you love about their range of nail varnish and amped up the stay-factor. Longwearing, strong tips in current, trend-setting shades are on the menu.
Promising chip-free colour that lasts up to two weeks, this low-fuss classic comes in a range of shiny, metallic and shimmer finishes that is so large it would take us all afternoon to sort through the brand’s colourful offerings. Regardless of what shade you settle on, the streak-free finish will give you that opaque, lacquered finish you’re after.
Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish
Want the kind of high shine shimmer that looks like you should be fighting off paparazzo on the red carpet? Aptly named, the Red Carpet gel polish range uses LED to cure their high performance formula.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish
If you’re looking for a nail pick that won’t compromise nail health, Sally Hansen is our go-to. The budget-friendly pick doesn’t even require a UV lamp, simply air-dry as per usual and you’re on your way. Plus, the fact that it can easily be removed with nail polish remover is an awesome bonus.
Briar is a Content Producer at BEAUTYcrew. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a plumping lipgloss.