The nail polishes you can count on for a long-lasting manicure
Say buh-bye to next-day chipped nails
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / December 12 2019
When you find a nail polish brand you like, you’re loyal for life. Sure, sometimes you may test out other brands because a certain colour calls your name, but chances are you go running back to your trusted nail polish formula because you can’t beat a lacquer that doesn’t chip, is easy to apply, lasts ages and is so darn reliable. If you’re yet to find your Holy Grail nail polish brand, allow us to help you narrow down the search.
#8 / Zoya Nail Polish
If you’re picky about what goes in your nail polish formula - or should we say, what *doesn’t* go into it - then Zoya Nail Polish is definitely worth looking into. The vegan nail polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP (phthalates) and camphor. It lasts up to 10 days without chipping and comes in over 500 shades! They have some of the best nail colours , especially if you're all about a bold mani or a shimmer finish.
The review: “I love Zoya Nail Polish. Just knowing they are non toxic, free of formaldehyde, toluene, and phthalates makes me feel good about this product. Their colors are beautiful and they last forever. My manicure always lasts over 2 weeks with Zoya.” Grethel D, Influenster reviewer
#7 / Rimmel London 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish
For a budget-friendly nail polish that still holds up to its more expensive rivals, we can’t go past this Rimmel nail polish. It’s a base coat, colour and topcoat in one and as the name suggest, it’s quick-drying. Expect a high-shine pigmented finish that lasts for three or more days.
The review: “This is an exceptionally fast working and affordable nail polish. The brush makes the polish spread evenly over my nails making it easy to apply. I am so pleased with length of time it takes to dry my nails, especially when I am in a rush to go. The colours are so appealing to the eye, dry fast and have a dazzling shine.” B H, Beauty Crew member
#6 / Raww Kale’d It Nail Lacquer
If you love a glossy nail colour and also want a nail polish that cares for your nails while it colours them, this is it. The 10-free formula is enriched with kale protein, which stimulates keratin production for strong and healthy nails. This Australian vegan, cruelty-free and natural nail polish is also enriched with other superfoods, like acai berry, coconut oil, sweet orange oil and pomegranate oil.
The review: “I absolutely adore this raw nail polish. This polish lasted days and days without chipping or peeling and looks great as soon as it's applied. It dries really quickly and I love that it doesn't go streaky when applied. For best results I recommend two coats. The colour itself is highly pigmented and is really glossy and pretty.” Debbie P, Beauty Crew member
#5 / JINsoon Nail Lacquer
An eco-conscious beauty lover’s perfect match, JINsoon’s nail polish is free from toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin and camphor, and provides nails with UV filter protection. Created by a leading nail artist in Korea, Jin Soon Choi, who has a reputation for elegant simplicity, the JINsoon Quintessential Collection is made up of six timeless and sophisticated lacquers most requested by Jin's clients. Plus, she's always bringing out new on-trend shades as well. The formula is enriched with high-tech polymers and resin for a long-lasting nail polish colour that’s richly pigmented and super high-gloss. All you need is one to two coats!
The review: “I love these glazes, are of excellent quality and its range of colors is fantastic, I am not an expert painting my nails, but I have to say that this makes the finish excellent, I mean, it is as if it had come out of the manicurist. I recommend it to anyone, they are very good.” lear43094coriama, Influenster reviewer
#4 / Sally Hansen Miracle Gel
If you’re loyal to gel nails but aren’t a fan of the hassle that comes with regular salon visits, this the best gel nail polish for getting a similar result at-home. This budget-friendly nail polish is a game-changer that lasts up to two weeks! The part-lacquer, part-gel formula doesn't need to be cured in UV light and best of all, it’s easy to take off and won't damage your nails in the process.
The review: “Omg I love this polish! You don't need more than one coat, they are great and last for a long time. I love how these polishes are so easy to apply and turn out beautifully smooth.” Samara Jade, Beauty Crew member
#3 / Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer
A celebrity and beauty editor fave, rather than offering hundreds of shades, this brand has a finely curated collection that evolves with the trends. Smith & Cult’s nail polishes stay put for ages, self-level for a flawless finish and they know how to give glittery nail shades an elegant grown-up vibe like nobody else. The formulas are 8-free, vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free and gluten-free.
The review: “I rarely write reviews, so that should tell you something!! The absolute BEST polish! High shine and holds up well. Goes on like a dream too. I already want more colors!!” Lisa, Smith & Cult customer
#2 / OPI Nail Lacquer
OPI is constantly evolving its shade range and has so many different types of nail polish (shimmer, glitter, glossy, a nourishing base coat, a matte top coat, you name it), so there’s always something new to try. It has the best-named nail polishes in the biz, but its formulas are seriously impressive, too. OPI nail polish is fast-drying, long-lasting, super easy to apply and doesn’t require many coats, and the formulas are all free from formaldehyde, DBP and toluene.
The review: “OPI is an iconic nail brand that provides great results, there is a reason they have a cult following. OPI have a massive shade range, there is literally a colour to suit everyone. Quality is amazing from the application brush to the smooth finish the polish provides. Staying power is great, as someone who is very hard on their hands I usually get a full week when I use the OPI top coat with the polish.” Anne, Beauty Crew member
#1 / essie Nail Polish
If it’s good enough for the Queen, you bet it’s a winner in our eyes, too. Besides getting the royal stamp of approval (essie Ballet Slippers is the ONLY nail polish Queen Elizabeth ever wears), our Review Crew® gave it 4.5 stars. The 100+ shades are all stunning, DBP, toluene and formaldehyde-free, and are salon-quality with a high-shine finish. Hands down, essie do some of the best pink and nude nail polish shades for a natural nail look. Getting married? This is the best nail polish for brides.
The review: “I've never used Essie nail polishes before, always going for something more high-end and now I regret it. These are really really good. They go on smoothly without you having to worry about streaks or smudging (as long as you don't take too long to put them on) and you don't even really need a second layer because the color payoff is so good. In the past I've struggled with nail polish being too thin and requiring 3+ layers and I've also tried a few that were so thick that it was hard to make even one layer work. This is perfect - just the right consistency! Not to mention the great shade range that makes me want to buy more and more colors! Love love love!” Yuliya, Beauty Crew member
What do you think is the best nail polish brand? What’s your signature nail colour? Share your reviews with us in the comments below!
Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.