What are the best nail polish brands? Some of the best polish brands are cheap but high quality. For nail polish fans, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have gorgeous nails. This list of excellent nail polish brands includes the inexpensive drug store brands and some of the higher end brands sold in specialty makeup stores.

What makes for a great nail polish brand? One that offers a wide variety of beautiful colors, in flattering shades, for one thing. Nail polish is a great accessory, and some enthusiasts change their polish colors almost daily. Great color variety is key. Another factor that sets a nail polish brand apart: quality. The best nail polish brands offer great product with excellent consistency. A great polish brush paired with a high quality nail lacquer makes for a perfect manicure.

Cheap nail polish brands and more pricey offerings are listed here. Which polish brand gives the most bang for your buck? That’s for you to decide .

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BEST OVERALL NAIL POLISH

essie Nail Polish

ESSIE

walmart.com

$8.77

Essie was clearly  the best of the test. It received top scores from testers, experts, and consumers, and testers also raved about its high gloss value and commented on how shiny the polish remained throughout its entire wear-time.

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BEST VALUE NAIL POLISH

Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Lacquer

MAYBELLINE NEW YORK

walmart.com

$4.79

We found that on average this budget-friendly polish lasted the longest of anypolish we tested, with a wear of almost six and a half days without a base or top coat. One tester exclaimed: “I am very hard on my hands…planting, sports, pot scrubbing with my nails…The polish has stayed perfectly on my hands as if it were the first day.”

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BEST AT-HOME GEL NAIL POLISH

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

SALLY HANSEN

amazon.com

$7.49

Get results that rival the salon’s with this innovative polish/top coat duo, which doesn’t require the usual light to cure. A separate lab test showed that this lacquer dried fast, chipped less, and lasted longer than regular nail polish.

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BEST QUICK-DRYING NAIL Polish

POLISH

OPI Nail Lacquer

OPI

amazon.com

$10.50

This OPI polish outshone the competition when it came to dry time. Its average dry time was almost a minute and half fasterthan the next runner up, and our nail technician gave OPI a perfect 5 for coverage.

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BEST CHIP-RESISTANT NAIL POLISH

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss

COVERGIRL

walmart.com

$5.83

This CoverGirl polish received by far the highest scores for chip-resistance, and lasted more than 6 days without issue. On average, testers reported getting their first chip on day 4, and the polish lasted for an average of six and 1/4 days.

That’s why the Good Housekeeping Institute tested nail polish brands to find the best nail polishes on the market in 2019 .We also scored the polishes on whether the brush was easy to use, if the polish went on evenly, and how easy it was to remove. Finally, the Beauty Lab considered consumer feedback to find the best nail polishes of 2019 .