Calling all nail polish lovers… I have tried and tested different nail polishes from many different brands. I have tried the cheapest nail polishes to more expensive ones. I’ve finally figured out which is the best nail polish, most long wearing, most vibrant, fastest drying, smoothing, etc.
The award for all around “Best Nail Polish” is (drum roll please…) Este Lauder. I have a few shades from them and they are all amazing. They do take a few coats to reach full opacity but once you build them up, the color pay off is AMAZING. This nail polish does dry pretty quickly and stays on for a really long time (2 weeks… maybe more with extra care).
Next, the longest wearing nail polish is Essie. I have noticed that if I wear this nail polish, it’ll stay on for a good 2 weeks. The brand just came out with new nail polishes called Gel Coutures. Both formulas, whether it’s the new polishes or the regular polishes, they both stay on a long time.
The brand with the most vibrant nail polishes is OPI. I love their brand so much. There are cool tones, warm tones, bright colors, subdued colors, neon colors, etc. They also come out with different collections pretty often. The latest nail polish collection is Iceland/Fall Winter collection which includes blues, greys, purples, and deeper fall colors. During summer, they had a collection full of very vibrant pinks, oranges, reds, and nudes.
The fastest drying nail polish is obviously Sally Hansen Insta-dri. A thin coat of this nail polish takes on average 8-10 minutes to fully dry (for me). Two coats are usually all that is needed (if that) for this nail polish. They are very opaque! The brand also makes Insta-dri top coats which makes life so much easier!!
The smoothest nail polish is made by the brand Sally Hansen again. The “complete salon manicure” nail polishes are sooooo smooth. They apply very smooth and they dry down very smooth (no air bubbles) They don’t enhance the lines and bumps in your nails; they glide right over.
The coolest/most interesting nail polishes are the magnetic line from Sally Hansen (Jeez, Sally Hansen is killing it). These nail polishes are so fascinating and I think it’s so fun to use! It comes with the nail polish and a magnet on the lid to give your nails a unique looking design.
The brand with the nicest nail polish brushes/applicators is Revlon. I don’t know why I like the brush so much but I do. It’s narrow to get a precise application and carries the right amount of product for your nails. It is long but it isn’t too round so it’s just the right fit for any nail shape/size.
The best gel nail polishes come from Sally Hansen; it’s their “salon gel polish.” It’s been the best gel nail polishes I have ever tried. They require a UV light which makes them dry instantly and helps them stay so smooth. They also have a GREAT gel top coat.
The all around cheapest (but still good quality) nail polishes are by Wet n Wild. I think their brand is sooooo underrated and they make some of the best products. Some of these nail polishes you can snatch for only $1 depending on where you look for them. PSA: Walmart sells them for .98/.99 cents.
“Life’s too short to have plain nails.” Go grab some of the nail polishes listed above. I truly love all of the brands and count on them for making really amazing polishes. Trust me, you need these in your life. You will NOT be disappointed.