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

Updated 05/05/19

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.

Miracle Gel
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel $10

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.

Iconic Infinite Shine
OPI Iconic Infinite Shine $13

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.

Gel Couture
Essie Gel Couture $12

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.

ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Enamel
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Enamel $8

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.

The Gel Nail Polish
Essence The Gel Nail Polish $2

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.

Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer Wonderland 575 0.33 oz/ 9.8 mL
Dior Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer $28

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.

Gel Lab Pro Nail Color - Naked
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Color $20

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.

Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer
Butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer $18

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.

Chanel Le Gel Coat $28

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.

Wet n Wild 1 Step WonderGel Nail Color $5

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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