We’ve come to find that the perfect manicure can cure many different ailments, but the constant worry of chipping or smudging that comes with it quickly overpowers the polish itself. Here, we’ve rounded up the longest-lasting polishes for manicures that will leave you worry-free when it comes to chipping, fading or any other lacquer-related blunders.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel
This two-step process delivers high color and shine for more than a week with no harsh UV light needed. Just apply two coats of the Miracle Gel color followed by one coat of the Miracle Gel and let natural light do the rest. With more than 45 shades in the line, you’re sure to find a lasting shade to love. $10 each, sallyhansen.com
Originally manufactured for professional use, it’s no surprise Color Club made the cut. Not only does its Poptastic Pastel Neon collection scream summer, but it also delivers smooth, vibrant color that lasts seven days without using a base or topcoat. Even better, all of the brand’s nail lacquers are manufactured in the U.S. $9, colorclub.com
OPI’s polishes are super pigmented and don’t cut corners in any other department either. Not only do you not have to stack on the coats to get beautiful color, but the brand’s vast array of shades stay on for up to seven days without the constant worry about fading or chipping. $10, opi.com
It’s not every day we come across an 87-percent natural nail polish that lasts a week without chipping or fading, but FABY does just that. Made without dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor, these polishes are good for your nails, while still ensuring vibrant, long-wearing color. $23, fabyusa.com
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro
The best part about this dynamic duo is that it can be used with any nail polish to create a high-shine, long-lasting manicure. The base coat (white cap) features nail-binding and strengthening ingredients while the topcoat (black cap) uses dual-polymer technology and acrylic to create a sparkling gel finish. $45, Available August 2015 at deborahlippmann.com
There’s a reason for all the hype essie has received—and continues to receive—throughout the years. Worn without a base or topcoat, essie’s high-shine nail polishes last up to a week without chipping or fading. Plus, its Summer 2015 collection bottles up the season flawlessly. $9, essie.com
Trust Fund Beauty Le Vernis
These tongue-in-cheek lacquers are not only nontoxic and cruelty-free, but they also deliver lively color to your nails without chipping or looking dull after a few days. Plus, they come in just about every shade you can think of. $15, trustfundbeauty.com
CND Vinylux Weekly Polish System
This two-part system completely reinvents everything we thought we knew about long-wearing polish. It eliminates a base coat, so all you need is two coats of CND Weekly Polish and one coat of the Weekly Top Coat for a lasting, chip-free mani that toughens over time with exposure to natural light. $11 each, cnd.com
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