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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 Shade Range: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel
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
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.
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Best Drugstore: Wet n Wild 1 Step WonderGel Nail Color
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
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
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 Strengthening: Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish
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
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.