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.
This polish has a slightly thick formula that distributes well thanks to the wide brush. It also comes in a wide range of colors, from light neutral pinks to bold blues. Slate-R Girl is the perfect gray, in this writer's opinion. When combined with the corresponding top coat, reviewers report over a week of chip-free wear.
This polish has over 500 five-star reviews on Ulta, and it's easy to see why. It's a non-streaky, super-shiny lacquer that comes in over 60 shades and stays looking fresh for up to 10 days.
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.
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.
You can't beat the price of this long-lasting gel polish from Essence. Plus, it's formulated without DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde and isn't tested on animals.
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.
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.
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.
Turn any nail color into gel polish with to this natural light–activated top coat. It imparts a glossy, high-shine finish that's chip-resistant for up to seven days.
Two coats of this long-lasting $5 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.
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