The at-home mani is a feat in and of itself. Between filing, buffing and attempting to do something with our cuticles, it should honestly be submitted as an Olympic sport. But despite all of the blood, sweat and topcoat you put in, some nail polishes will still chip the second you try to button your jeans. (Grr.) No more. These seven brands are highly reviewed and beloved for their super-strong staying power.
Best Overall Fan Favorite: OPI Nail Lacquer
With over 1,500 positive reviews, this nail polish is a winner across all categories. Over 50 different shades, a wide applicator brush and formaldehyde-free formula make this a safe bet for anyone who’s dabbling in regular, chip-free manis.
Best For Beginners: Zoya Nail Lacquer
Painting your own nails is no easy task (especially when you’re known to shake under pressure). This rounded applicator brush is wide enough to cover an entire nail in only two swipes, making a flawless mani a breeze.
Best all-in-one formula: Sally Hansen Salon Manicure
A built-in base coat, growth treatment and topcoat means you only have to swipe on one to two coats for healthy nails.
Best Gel-Like Mani: Butter London 10x Laquer
This formula dries into a thick, gel-like cushion that feels and lasts like a gel manicure (without the price tag and commitment).
Best Color Range: Essie Nail Polish
You know it, you love it. These little square bottles are chic, yes, but they’re also infinitely colorful. Nearly 100 shades of perfect hues, plus new collections each season, means that there will never be a shade you can’t find.
Best for a Budget: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear
Reviewers rave that although it sometimes takes several coats to look even and saturated, once this polish is dried, it stays put for up to seven days.
Best 7-Free: RGB Nail Color
There’s a myth out there that all-natural means instant chipping. But beauty buffs swear by this non-toxic formula that is free of the seven harshest toxins found in other polishes.