11 Nail Polish Brands That Deliver Salon-Grade Manicures

Maxine Eggenberger
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Like carrying a designer handbag, there's just something about a fresh manicure or a sleek pedicure that makes you walk taller. It's a small luxury that goes a long way in making you feel more confident, which is precisely why nail appointments are so in-demand. However, after salons were forced to shut for so long, those of us who'd become accustomed to polished talons had no option but to take matters into our own hands, spending hours trying to re-create our favourite nail treatments at home.

Unsurprisingly, varnish sales have soared over the last 12 months, and painting our nails has become something of a cathartic pastime. Although our efforts cannot and will never compare to that of a professional, what we have discovered over the past year is that not all nail polish brands are created equal. Having inadvertently tried just about every nail polish brand out there between us, we've come to realise that some formulations really are superior, higher price points don't always mean better quality, and chipping shouldn't come standard. As always, we like to keep things positive, so instead of giving space to the brands that didn't live up to our expectations, we're spotlighting the brands that surpassed them.

From covetable designer bottles to affordable favourites you can pick up on your next pharmacy run, scroll below to discover the best nail polish brands.


Dior Base Coat Apricot 800 (£22)

Dior Vernis Nail Polish The Icons in Rouge (£22)

Dior Vernis Nail Polish The Essentials in Palais Royal (£22)


Nails Inc. 73% Plant Power 21 Free Vegan Nail Polish in Spiritual Gangster (£9)

Nails Inc. Caught in the Nude in Hawaii Beach (£8)

Nails Inc. Nail Kale Superfood Base Coat (£15)


Manucurist Nail Polish in Old Rose (£14)

Manucurist Nail Polish in Milky White (£14)

Manucurist Nail Polish in Khaki (£14)


Nailberry L'Oxygene Nail Lacquer in Spiritual (£15)

Nailberry Nail Varnish in Peony Blush (£15)

Nailberry L'Oxygene Nail Lacquer in No Regrets (£15)

5. OPI

OPI Mexico City Limited Edition Nail Polish in Verde Nice to Meet You (£14)

OPI Neo-Pearl Limited Edition Shellmates Forever! Nail Polish (£14)

OPI Hidden Prism Limited Edition Nail Polish in Magic Hour (£14)


Chanel Les Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Ballerina (£24)

Chanel Les Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Essentiel (£24)

Chanel Les Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Prune Dramatique (£24)


Zoya Nail Polish in Arbor (£10)

Zoya Nail Polish in Charli (£10)

Zoya Nail Polish in Bee (£10)


Kure Bazaar Nail Polish in Magnifico (£15)

Kure Bazaar Nail Polish in Nude Or Rose (£15)

Kure Bazaar Nail Polish in Puglia (£15)


Mavala Nail Colour in Blue Bird (£6)

Mavala Nail Colour in Candy Floss (£6)

Mavala Nail Colour in Green Zen (£6)


Essie 6 Ballet Slippers Nail Polish (£8)

Essie 79 Sand Tropez Nail Polish (£8)

Essie 88 Licorice Nail Polish (£8)


Barry M Nail Paint in Fortune Teller (£4)

Barry M Green Origin Nail Paint in Rock Pool (£4)

Barry M Matte Velvet Nail Paint in Lilac Lady (£4)

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