These Are the Best Gel Nail Polishes, According to the Internet

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The at-home manicure is a notoriously tricky endeavor. There's a lot that goes into it, between the having to paint a small area with your non-dominant hand and the impatiently waiting for the polish to dry and then accidentally smudging it. Once your nails are done, you go do the dishes and suddenly they're chipped.

A long-lasting manicure doesn't just exist underneath the UV lights at a nail salon. We're talking about these UV-less gel nail polishes. They're formulated to be ultra-durable and withstand chipping for at least a week, and they come in really pretty colors.

Keep scrolling to see the best gel nail polishes.

Best Overall: Essie Gel Couture

Essie Gel

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These polishes boast both display-worthy packaging and a stellar formula that goes on without streaking or bubbling. The best part: It really does last up to two weeks, according to reviewers.

Best Neutrals: OPI Infinite Shine Long-Wear Lacquer

This polish is a non-streaky, super-shiny lacquer that comes in over 60 shades and stays looking fresh for up to 10 days. We are particularly big fans of the nude/neutrals range for a clean and classic mani.

Best Shade Range: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

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This polish has a slightly thick formula that distributes well thanks to the wide brush. It also comes in a wide range of colors (we're talking really, really wide), from light neutral pinks to bold blues. When combined with the corresponding top coat, reviewers report over a week of chip-free wear.

Peep our roundup of the best at-home gel nail kits.

Best Budget: Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Enamel

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel

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This budget-friendly polish combines base coat and color in one application so you can master a salon-quality mani at home even on a time crunch.

Pro tip: Apply this nail polish in thin layers to minimize drying time. Follow with the accompanying top coat for a manicure that stays shiny and chip-free far longer than its regular polish counterparts.

Check out our roundup of the best dip powder nail kits.

Best Drugstore: Wet n Wild 1 Step WonderGel Nail Color

Wet n Wild 1 Step WonderGel Nail Color

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Two coats of this long-lasting polish are all you need—no top coat or base coat required. In the hallmark of a truly good nail polish, it dries really quickly.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best drugstore nail polishes.

Best Non-Toxic: Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Color

Deborah Lippmann

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This polish is infused with ingredients that are good for your nails, like green tea extract, biotin, and omega-6 fatty acids. The formula applies smoothly, dries quickly, and is long-lasting.

Take a peek at some of the other best nail polishes you can buy.

Best Glossy: Butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer

Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer

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This polish comes in a range of super-pigmented, high-shine shades that look freshly painted for over a week, according to some reviewers. Like all Butter London polishes, this one is formulated without formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, or TPHP.

Best Bold: Dior Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer

Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer

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Vibrant and glossy are the top adjectives that come to mind for this lacquer. Reviewers are also fans of the wide brush that makes for a streak-free application. Once dry, expect it to far outlast your regular mani.

Best Strengthening: Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish


 Courtesy of Sephora

This high shine polish is long-lasting, and best of all, conditioning. It's formulated to mimic the effects of a salon gel manicure and is made with a rare flower extract that works to strengthen your nails. 

Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best nail strengtheners.

Best Top Coat: Chanel Le Gel Coat


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Turn any nail color into gel polish with this natural light-activated top coat. It imparts a glossy, high-shine finish that's chip-resistant for up to seven days.

Read reviews of the best top coats that prevent chipped nails.

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