Opting for a gel or SNS manicure — guaranteed to remain glossy and intact for up to three weeks — is tempting. For those who want to avoid potentially risky UV exposure and damaging their natural nails, there’s another option: good old fashion nail polish.
When it comes to longevity, the new crop of long-wearing nail polish formulas will last for seven to ten days. While you might be prone to skipping base and top coat to save time - they will dramatically extend the life of your manicure and support the health of our nails. Here, we bring you the best full-proof nail polishes for a salon-quality manicure at home.
Essie Nail Colour in Ballet Slippers ($15; at priceline.com.au)
The Queen reportedly has a thing for Essie's Ballet Slippers while Kate Middleton prefers Allure, and we’ve heard that Markle opted for a hue from the English main staple for her engagement announcement.
Givenchy Le Vernis in 002 ($36; at sephora.com.au)
Oh là là This french-girl favourite is the prettiest shade of millennial pink we ever did see.
butter LONDON Patent Shine 10X Nail Polish in Tea With The Queen ($22; at adorebeauty.com.au)
The Patent Shine 10X formula is loaded with ingredients proven to promote brighter, stronger, healthier nails and boasts a gel-like finish for up to ten days.
OPI Infinite Shine in Pretty Pink Perseveres ($22; at davidjones.com.au)
This polish offers a super glossy finish and is formulated with a unique hybrid technology which amplifies the shine and extends the wear of OPI's iconic nail lacquer.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Colour in Little Peony ($8.50; at pricleine.com.au)
As the name suggests this nail polish refuses to budge thanks to a part-lacquer, part-gel formula.
Ciate London Gelology Nail Polish in the Naked Truth ($23; at mecca.com.au)
Another British beauty brand on the list - we can't deny they make amazing nail polish. This crème lacquer is beloved by it-girl Olivia Palermo.
CND VINYLUX™ Weekly Polish in Romantique ($20; at adorebeauty.com.au)
A sheer blush pink hue that has reached a cult-like status in nail salons everywhere.