The long-lasting nail polishes that are (almost) as good as gel nails
And many of them cost less than $10!
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / January 24 2019
Besides a beautiful colour, there’s just one other priority we expect from our nail polish: that it’s long-lasting. That used to mean that if it lasted a good solid few days without chipping we were over the moon. But the invention of gel nails kind of screwed that up for little ol’ regular nail polish. Because if we aren’t getting more than a week of wear out of a lacquer brand, we’re not interested. We expect more, and so we should. Long-lasting nail polishes exist, and we’ve rounded up our favourites for a salon-worthy manicure at home.
#6 / Kester Black Nail Polish
“Great brush for application, quick drying, doesn't chip easily and lasts a long time! Lots of lovely colours to choose from, plus it is such an eco-friendly brand - small batch manufacturing, no cruelty to animals, no animal products, free from lots of nasty chemicals. My personal favourite shade is Sugarplum!” Milan, SUPERcrew member
#5 / Sinful Colors Nail Enamel
“Sinful Colors is my favourite for long-lasting. It's very long-lasting, the quality is great. There are so many colours to choose from. I love Starfish, which has a mauvey pink tinge. It looks fabulous on either toes or fingernails.” Amanda C, SUPERcrew member
#4 / Essence The Gel Nail Polish
“The Gel Nail by Essence. It's a very long-lasting gel polish, with or without the top coat. Super affordable, has a great colour range, glides on like a dream and dries at lightning speed. An all-round winner in my opinion.” Amanda G, SUPERcrew member
#3 / Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish
“I love Essie’s Gel Couture polish: lasts way longer than normal polishes and you don’t need to worry about the damage that LED-set gel polish does to your nails over time- it comes off just like normal polish, no soaking/excessive filing. It lasts for over a week without chipping, which is a miracle for me.” Bree, SUPERcrew member
“At the moment my favourite long-lasting nail polish is Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish. It stays on for up to 7 days, shines beautifully and has a wonderful range of shades.” Anita, SUPERcrew member
#2 / CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish
“I tend to treat myself to a gel manicure every two to three weeks, but when I need to give my nails a break, I like to get my nails done with Vinylux. It goes on just like nail polish, but I find I get a few days more wear than I would from usual polish. I love that the shade range is incredibly extensive, and the top coat gives that gel-like finish.” Carli Alman, Beauty Crew’s Editor
“The best long-lasting nail polish for me would have to be CND Vinylux Weekly Polish. When I put it on my toes it refuses to chip till I take it off, despite me stubbing my toes or wearing shoes that usually rub of any other polish. I’ve had it last 3 weeks without a top coat and without a top up. It’s also very affordable and comes in great colours.” Aneta, SUPERcrew member
#1 / Sally Hansen Miracle Gel™
“I’ve been using Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Smartease. While you’re supposed to use it with a top coat, I swear this stuff would stick with you for life if you didn’t take it off. Not only is it long-lasting, but the colour is 10/10 and dries pretty quick, too.” Erin Docherty, Beauty Crew’s Beauty Writer
“I really love Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel™ range and have been gradually picking my way through the huge shade range to discover new favourites. You can apply it easily at home without a UV lamp, and according to the package, one application will last you up to 14 days. Mine doesn’t tend to last quite that long but if I can get more than 5-7 days out of a manicure without seeing chips, I’m stoked. The shade I have on high rotation at the moment is All Chalked Up – it’s a super pretty pale lilac colour.” Isobel Larkin, Beauty Crew’s Beauty Assistant
“Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is great. I have worn it for over a week with minimal to no chipping. It is a bit of a pain with the two step process but it’s only the colour then a top coat and voila! Best done at night in front of a movie with a glass of red wine.” Pru, SUPERcrew member
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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.