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Top 5 Best Nail Polishes

Nail polish is an essential part of just about every woman’s beauty routine, but there are so many brands to choose from that it can be hard to know which to choose. Although there are tons of different polishes available, there are a few must-have brands that have proven to last the longest and offer the best colors.

  • Essie

    Essie nail polish is easy to apply with a thin brush and round handle and only needs one to two coats for a shiny, professional-looking application. Essie is available at most drugstores and offers dozens of different shades, mainly pastel and bright colors. The polish is thin, but maintains coverage with minimal chipping in the first five days. Essie nail polish retails for around $8.

  • Sinful Colors

    Sinful colors offers bright, glittery, trendy shades and can be found in most drugstores. Although the polish is thinner than other brands on the market, it only takes two coats to complete the desired shade. However, it can take a long time to dry. Sinful Colors is proven to last up to seven days without chipping, making it a popular brand in nail salons. For $2 a bottle, it makes for an ideal and affordable beauty product.

  • Revlon ColorStay

    Revlon ColorStay is an affordable product ($6 per bottle) that will last up to 11 days, but it needs a base and top coat to stay in place. It only takes two coats to achieve the desired shade and the simple handle makes it easy to apply. Although the polish isn’t thick, it still stays in place and does not drip during application. Revlon ColorStay can be found at most major drugstores.


    This increasingly popular polish is thick, easy to apply, and only takes a single coat. It lasts for a week without chipping, and only costs $10 per bottle. The high-end quality of the polish doesn’t require a base coat and makes for quicker process. The brand can be purchased through online distributors or at ULTA stores.

  • OPI

    OPI is one of the most reputable brands on the market, known for stylish colors and shades that keep with the trends. About two to three layers are needed for the desired color and the product lasts an average of four to five days. Available in drugstores, through online retailers, and at department stores, OPI sells over 20 different shades and often releases new colors each season. Each bottle retails for around $8.

Last Updated: February 11, 2016