No UV lamps or hefty price tags necessary here. Check out our edit of the best gel nail polishes out there.
Chipped nail polish is up there in our top 5 beauty bugbears (along with the dreaded split ends and chapped lips). Gel manicures have been our saviours, but are very high maintenance to up hold. And lets face it, there aren’t many things that can top the feeling of leaving a salon with a fresh gel manicure. Except, however, getting that same salon-worthy gel mani in the comfort of your own home. The beauty Gods have sent us several angels in the form of gel-finish nail enamels that give us the long-lasting, glossy and super polished looks that we all love so much (without the UV lamps and hefty price tags). Get DIY-ing with the beauty desk’s top picks…
L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Nail Varnish, £4.99, Boots
So glossy you won’t even need a topcoat. Much thicker than a normal polish, it minimises your chances of smudging. Our favourite is the shade Place Vendome; it’s simply the perfect rich and glamorous red.
Nails inc. Gel Effect, £15, fabled.com
Durability is the key with this one. With a formulation built to resist those oh-so-irritating chips and nicks, these polishes are sure to last. The cult nail brands’ new range offers up catwalk inspired shades as well as some of their best sellers, ensuring that you’re bang on trend with these beauties. Top up with nail oil to keep the shine for up to 10 days. We’ve always got a bottle on our desks.
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Polish, £7.99, Boots
Conveniently combining both base coat and colour, these polishes allow you to achieve that just-left-the-nail-bar mani/pedi with ease. Just add the ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat for extra protection and shine and voila. Hello enviable salon quality manicure.
Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint, £3.99, Boots
These densely pigmented polishes offer up oodles of vivid colour and show-stopping shine. It’s super easy to apply, and one-coat will ensure the luminous chip-free colour that we all crave for days. The beauty desk love the pastel shade Sky Blue, and give this one top marks for long-lasting luster and volume. At £3.99 a pop, we think they’re an absolute steal too.
OPI Infinite Shine Gel Effects, £13.95, John Lewis
You’ll have to wait until April to get your hands on the new OPI gel polishes but they are well worth the wait. They’re a gel manicure in a bottle with no need for any UV light. What’s better is that you can remove with your normal nail polish and won’t have your natural nails flaking off with it.