The Best Nail Polish Brands
Best DIY Manicure
Best Base Coat
Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat
One layer smooths, hides discoloration, and makes polish adhere longer. Or wear two coats alone for a pretty sheer effect.
To buy: $8.50, nordstrom.com.
RGB Nail Color
Even without formaldehyde and DBT—chemicals traditionally used to make polish hardier—this formula resisted chipping for up to a week. In 32 shades.
To buy: $18, rgbcosmetics.com.
Testers loved how just two layers of color (no glossy topcoat required) stayed luminous for six days. In 150 shades.
To buy: $14, sephora.com.
Tom Ford Nail Lacquer
A designer pick (for a fraction of the price of his clothing). This well-curated collection of 16 colors, from violet to coral, was the most eye-catching and universally flattering.
To buy: $35, bloomingdales.com.
Opi Nail Lacquer
Even testers hooked on gel manicures said that this regular polish had remarkable staying power, lasting more than a week. Bonus: The darks went on evenly, and the sheers didn’t streak. In more than 200 shades.
To buy: $10, ulta.com.