Gel polish has seriously changed the nail game for people who can’t go two days without chipping their manicure (i.e. me). But if you don’t feel like dishing out a portion of your paycheck on a mani, there are a ton of gel nail polishes that you can apply at home for an equally long-lasting look. The nail polish aisle is flooded with options, so we scoped out the best ones to give yourself a salon-worthy coat of polish (or two).
Essie put a twist (literally) on older classics by reformulating their iconic colors into gel options. Apply two coats of your color of choice and top it off with their platinum gel top coat for the perfect finish.
For the less polish-savvy among us, imPRESS has the perfect no-fuss solution. Simply peel and stick on for weeks of no-chip gel polish. Nobody will believe they're stick-ons.
Paint Sally Hansen’s colors on like any other polish and top with their new Miracle Gel Top Coat for a cool matte finish. Since the gel polish wipes off with regular nail polish remover, it's ideal for capricious commitment-phobes who like to switch up their color often.
Marilyn Monroe’s level of elegance and grace is virtually unmatchable, but you can get pretty close with Gelish’s new line. Pick from polishes like “Classic Red Lips” or “Some Girls Prefer Pearls,” and use their online guide to see what they’ll look like on your nails. After you're done, just soak in acetone to remove!
Deborah Lippmann’s Gel Lab Pro set includes 6 purples, ranging from a light lavender to an electric fuschia. Use with any base and top coat for a less damaging alternative to harsh UV lamps.
Yes, it is possible to get a flawless gel manicure (lamp at all) at home. This easy-to-use set includes 3 colors, a base/top coat, and a lamp that uses white LED lights instead of UV. Also, there's no need to soak your fingers in acetone and scrape like a madman afterwards–simply peel to remove. It's gentler, easier, and cheaper than repeat trips to the salon.
The Naked Manicure Gelie-Cure is the first ever gel system that supports the nail’s natural healing process, so your nails actually benefit from wearing it. Polish can be removed or changed in two minutes (no soaking in acetone!) while keeping the base layer intact.
These gel polishes have a base coat already built in, so you can paint knowing that your cuticles are safe. Pop them under a UV light for 30 seconds for 10 days of chip-free tips. The hardest part is going to be picking between the nearly 100 colors.
Le Mini Macaron’s gel polishes are 3-in-1, so one bottle is all it takes to have a protective base coat, trendy color, and glossy top coat. There's no easier way to score a week of perfect nails.
Dior's multitude of color options has a round, easy-to-use applicator to ensure that you can get smooth, full coverage, no matter your nail shape.
In a perfect world, our nails would match our moods 24/7. For now, these temperature color-changing gel polishes are as close as we can get. Simply apply, cure under a UV or LED lamp, and watch as the colors morph before your eyes. Fair warning: it's pretty addictive.
K Beauty’s next conquered beauty territory? Gel nails. These super user-friendly strips are 100% gel and come in a pre-solidified state, so you only need a 30-second blast under an LED light to dry your nails instantly—no top coat required.