I’ve Tried Over 20 Different Nail Polishes – Here Are My Favourites

I’ve Tried Over 20 Different Nail Polishes – Here Are My Favourites

Jyotika Udeshi

If there’s one beauty product you won’t catch me without, it’s definitely nail polish! Manicured, glossy nails are one of my favourite things to sport so I’ve tried out a ton of formulas over the years. Whilst some of them have chipped within a day, I’ve found some incredible ones that deliver long wear and amazing pigmentation. Here are the details on my preferred formulas!

1. Lakmé Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Color

When I first came across this nail lacquer, I was a bit skeptical at its claims. However, you will now find me toting a bottle of it to almost every pedicure appointment! The long-lasting formula delivers a shiny coat of colour and incredible pigmentation in just two swipes. If you are a fan of red nails, I would highly recommend picking up a bottle of ‘Scarlet Red’.

Lakmé Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Color In ‘Scarlet Red’ | Source: Lakmé

2. OPI Nail Lacquer

Who here hasn’t heard of OPI? The brand literally produces nail polishes in every colour you can think of, without sacrificing on quality. With an easy-to-use brush and buildable formula, this lacquer is great for when you need to give yourself a manicure. Whilst I’m a fond of a ton of shades from this line, I have a weak spot for the unusual hues like ‘Dreams Need Clara-fication’, which is beautiful periwinkle blue. If you prefer a clean and minimal vibe, I would suggest getting your hands on ‘It’s In The Cloud’, which is a creamy white shade.

OPI Nail Lacquer In ‘Dreams Need Clara-fication’ | Source: OPI

3. Chanel Le Vernis

No one does luxury quite as well as Chanel does. The brand’s array of nail paints deliver a smooth layer of colour that stays glossy and chip-free for days. ‘New Dawn’, a deep brownish-mauve, is one of my favourites when I’m opting for a sophisticated look.

Chanel Le Vernis In ‘New Dawn’ | Source: Chanel

4. Essie Gel Couture

Whenever I’m about to travel, I always turn to this range. Not only are the colours super pretty, but the longevity also rivals that of a gel nail polish. Since I can’t be bothered to touch-up my tips (especially when I’m on vacation), this line is ideal for me. You will often find my nails coated in ‘Sit Me In The Front Row’, which is a berry pink colour, or ‘Spool Me Over’, a soft apricot hue.

Essie Gel Couture ‘Sit Me In The Front Row’ | Source: Essie

5. Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear

This is another range that does funky colours well! Apart from being chip-resistant and ultra shiny, the formula also delivers on beach holidays as it’s water-resistant. I’m a huge fan of ‘Iris Illusion’, which is a shimmery lilac lacquer.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear In ‘Iris Illusion’ | Source: Sally Hansen

Are any of these brands your favourite as well? Let me know in the comments below.

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