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13 Nail Polish Brands That Deliver Salon-Grade Manicures
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.

8. Mylee
Mylee's gel nail polishes really took off on Instagram last year. Yes, the bottles are very cute and aesthetically pleasing, but it's the shade selection that cements its place in this list. There is an array of pretty brights, but the varying shades of nudes, beiges and browns that really set this brand apart from the rest.

9. Mavala

If you are travelling anywhere and don't have time to get a gel manicure done before you go, make sure you pack a couple of Mavala polishes. The bottles are dinky so perfect for keeping luggage weight down. But don't be fooled by their small size—they're surprisingly easy to apply, and the finish is top-notch, too.

10. Essie

We think it's pretty safe to assume that there is no beauty expert or editor out there who doesn't own at least one shade of Essie nail polish. There are well over 100 polishes and treatments to choose from, and if you ask us, they're all equally beautiful. Rumour has it that Essie Ballet Slippers is a royal favourite.


Some of our earliest nail polish–related memories involve a bottle of Barry M nail polish, and it sets the bar pretty high. While the shades and durability are second to none, it's the variety of finishes that really makes Barry M polishes a winner. From matte and velvet to metallic and gloss, there is a Barry M nail polish for every taste and need.

12. Rimmel London 

Yet another high-street staple best known for their expansive shades range and of course their super fast drying formulas that make forgetting to squeeze in a pedicure less of SOS moment.  For the best results, make sure to seal in your colour with a clear top coat. 

13. H&M Beauty

Scouring through the latest trends at your local H&M AND being able to pick up a fun new nail polish colour in the same breath - sign me up. Accessibility aside, the nail colour offering from H&M beauty are affordable, long wearing and the perfect conduit to a flawless fashion moment.