We love a good at-home mani-pedi, but as we swipe on that perfect shade of pink we can already envision it chipping in a matter of days or even hours. And, a chipped nail does not make a happily polished girl. So instead of hitting the nail salon, we suggest, hit the drugstore. With low price points, stunning shades, and in several cases a cut-back on chemicals, the drugstore polishes on this list are giving shellac and salon grade gel polishes a run for their money. These no-chip, fade-resistant, and long-lasting formulas have reviewers stocking up and us clicking "buy!" In summer brights and soft pastels, the 10 picks to follow will keep your nails on-trend and perfectly polished all summer long. Opening image: @zoyanailpolish
April 16, 2018
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Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel
BEST FOR: Girls on-the-go
LOVED FOR: Thicker than the rest, this formula is easy to apply and stays smooth instead of streaking.
L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail Color
BEST FOR: A 10-day wear polish
LOVED FOR: Its patented brush applicator
Revlon Nail Enamel
HELPFUL TIP: Gently shake and apply two even coats for the perfect nail look.
LOVED FOR: Shade-lock technology keeps color from fading after a few days of wear.
Essence The Gel Nail Polish
LOVED FOR: Even for a drugstore beauty buy, the price of this polish is on point.
BEST FOR: A glossy gel-like finish
Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish
BEST FOR: Looking for a cruelty-free, vegan option? This one's for you.
LOVED FOR: Pacifica's formula doesn't have all of the chemicals many other polishes do, which means no harsh nail polish smell!
China Glaze Nail Lacquer with Hardeners
BEST FOR: Neon nails are the perfect complement to a poolside look.
COMPLETE THE LOOK: Want a glossier finish? Just add a top coat!
Zoya Nail Lacquer
BEST FOR: A 5-free formula
USERS SAID: "Hands down, best polish to use for at-home manicures. I don't need a base coat, and with any top coat, it lasts at least 5 days before chipping, and I am ROUGH on my nails."
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel
USERS SAID: "I really enjoy these polishes. It last[s] about 7 days for me. Love that the colors are true to what you see in the bottle. Doesn't fade or change color and the 2nd coat makes it look like glass! Great polish! Highly recommend!"
LOVED FOR: Easy application and real staying power
Essie Nail Polish
LOVED FOR: The multiple color options
BEST FOR: A chip-free, long-wear formula
OPI Nail Lacquer
LOVED FOR: No streaks here thanks to OPI's full brush and creamy formula.
FUN FACT: OPI nail polish is made in the USA.
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