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15 Best Drugstore Nail Polishes

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15 Best Drugstore Nail Polishes November 30, 2017

Ladies, the secret to an ideal mani-pedi is great nail polish. Let us ask you what you look for while choosing one – is it the longevity factor or the selection of colors in the range? Allow us to introduce you to the 15 best drugstore nail polishes that work just as beautifully as their high-end counterparts, in almost every aspect. These cost you a fraction (under $11) of the luxury brands and make your trip to the drugstore so worthwhile!

Top 15 Drugstore Nail Polishes That You Should Try

  1. Essie Mirror Metallics in “Good as Gold”
  2. Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in “Mauve Over”
  3. Essie Nail Polish in “Mint Candy Apple, Green”
  4. Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in “Lady Luck”
  5. Wet N’ Wild Megalast Nail Color in “On a Trip”
  6. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Collection in “Terra Coppa”
  7. OPI Infinite Shine 2, California Dreaming Collection in “This is Not Whine Country”
  8. Revlon Holochrome Nail Enamel in 115 “Fairy Dust”
  9. China Glaze Nail Polish in “Heart of Africa”
  10. Essie Nail Polish in Designated DJ
  11. Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish in “Rose Rapture”
  12. Zoya Nail Lacquer in “Frida”
  13. Essie Nail Polish in “Wicked”
  14. Orly in “Haute Red”
  15. Maybelline Forever Strong Nail Polish in “Nude Rose”

1. Essie Mirror Metallics In “Good as Gold”

Pros

  • Great formula that goes on smoothly
  • Quick-drying
  • This shade can get away with one coat as it’s very opaque
  • DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde free
  • Highly saturated

Cons

  • May emphasize nail imperfections like ridges.

Essie Mirror Metallics In “Good as Gold” Review

All that glitters is all you need! This nail polish by Essie’s Mirror Metallics collection is a gorgeous gold shade, which is entirely muted – it’s not too yellow, neither it’s overly flashy. Its formula is excellent, and it provides for easy application. Two coats are all it takes for the most opaque finish!

This one’s a great option for the Winter Holiday season or just about any day because it’s a super versatile color. This shade will look stunning on almost every skin tone.

Rating: 5/5

Price: $9*

Purchase Link: www.essie.com

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2. Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear In “Mauve Over”

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Great color
  • Long staying
  • Dries quickly

Cons

  • Slightly hard to remove

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear In “Mauve Over” Review

Sally Hansen is one of the most popular drugstore nail polish brands. The shade “Mauve Over” seemingly changes its color depending on the lighting. Regardless of the lighting, this color looks utterly gorgeous. Its formula builds quickly to opacity, dries rather fast, and lasts forever even without a top coat.

It’s a great shade for winter and fall, or even spring, and will look so hot on light to medium skin tones!

Rating: 5/5

Price: $6.14*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.com

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3. Essie Nail Polish In “Mint Candy Apple, Green”

Pros

  • Great color formulation
  • Easy to apply
  • Good applicator brush
  • Long staying

Cons

  • Chips easily without top coat

Essie Nail Polish In “Mint Candy Apple, Green” Review

This Essie nail polish in the shade “Mint Candy Apple, Green” is fresh and light and would make a beautiful shade for spring or summer. Its new formula is great, and two coats provide a full-fledged opaque finish.

Whether you have light skin, medium or dark skin tone – this color will surely stand out and score you some compliments. When you feel your creative juices flowing, this mint-green shade is a great addition to your nail art design ideas!

Rating: 5/5

Price: $9*

Purchase Link: www.essie.com

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4. Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel In “Lady Luck”

Pros

  • Long-wearing
  • Gel formulation
  • Easy application
  • Dries quickly
  • Opaque finish

Cons

  • Slightly pricey

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel In “Lady Luck” Review

This gorgeous shade is a blend of pink and coral with a subtle gold shimmer. The formulation of this line of nail polishes by Revlon is impressive. We loved its consistency, quality, glossy finish, and its staying power. This shade has a low-key neon vibe going on, which makes it a really fun and youthful shade!

Overall, it’s a great color for summer or spring and can easily be pulled off by all skin tones.

Rating: 5/5

Price: $7.99*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.com

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5. Wet N’ Wild Megalast Nail Color In “On a Trip”

Pros

  • No streakiness
  • Dries fast
  • Buildable shade with soft undertones
  • Salon-like shine
  • Curved pro nail brush

Cons

  • 1-2 coats of it gets dull over time

Wet N’ Wild Megalast Nail Color In “On a Trip” Review

This shade by Wet N’ Wild is a lively purple color with soft, blue undertones. It has an impressive salon-like finish to it, and one coat gives you a perfectly opaque, glossy finish while two coats give you a warm, purple look. Its brush has thick bristles and is angular towards the edges, making it a breeze to apply. Coming to its longevity, two coats of this polish last for a good 5-6 days, but three coats stick to your base for longer and give you that salon-like-shine.

This is a great shade for summer or spring, and it looks flattering on almost every skin tone.

Rating: 5/5

Price: $4.60*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.com

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6. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Collection In “Terra Coppa”

Pros

  • Easy application
  • Gel formulation
  • Does not chip off
  • Goes on smoothly and dries quickly
  • Long lasting

Cons

  • Expensive

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Collection In “Terra Coppa” Review

A bottle of this shade of Sally Hansen nail polish is reportedly sold every two minutes – making it a best-seller! According to InStyle, since its launch, this bottle has been sold over 32 million times. “Terra Coppa” is the most Instagram-worthy rose gold shade that is long-lasting and universally-flattering. It goes on glittery, but it dries up to more subtle shimmery finish that isn’t very flashy. It applies easily, and its gel formula holds up for a week and stays chip-free. It goes with everything and keeps glowing for long.

This one can be worn all round the year and is great for every skin tone!

Rating: 5/5

Price: $7.49*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.com

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7. OPI Infinite Shine 2, California Dreaming Collection In “This is Not Whine Country”

Pros

  • Great color
  • Easy to apply
  • Fast drying
  • Long staying
  • Great applicator brush

Cons

  • Expensive

OPI Infinite Shine 2 Review

“This Is Not Whine Country” is a little sheer, but it can be built upon, and once it dries, its saturation and shine is so beautiful. It’s a wine colored shade with blue and berry undertones that looks so sultry and hot! The formula of this nail polish is great, and its brush makes for an easy application that lasts for over a week!

This shade is perfect for any time of the year, and we can visualize this shade looking stunning on every skin tone.

Rating: 5/5

Price: $10*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.com

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8. Revlon Holochrome Nail Enamel In 115 “Fairy Dust”

Pros

  • Quick drying
  • Does not chip
  • Long wearing
  • Great formula

Cons

  • Needs three coats for a fully opaque finish

Revlon Holochrome Nail Enamel In 115 “Fairy Dust” Review

Revlon has released a new collection called HoloChrome with four holographic nail polishes and four chrome finish ones. This shade called “Fairy Dust” is a minty green scattered holographic polish that looks so pretty and magical. You get full opacity in three thin coats. This one’s definitely worth trying!

It’s a great color for winter or when you want to keep it simple with a dose of shimmery! This will look great on lighter skin tones.

Rating: 4.9/5

Price: $6.49*

Purchase Link: www.revlon.com

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9. China Glaze Nail Polish In “Heart of Africa”

Pros

  • Gorgeous color
  • Applies smoothly
  • Dries quickly
  • Long lasting

Cons

  • The polish in the bottle dries out rather quickly

China Glaze Nail Polish In “Heart of Africa” Review

“Heart of Africa” from China Glaze is a beautiful deep shimmery wine color. If you instantly want to glam up your hands and feet, this color should be something you absolutely must look at! Two coats of this give you a fully opaque finish and decent staying power.

This vampy shade is perfect for fall, winter, and the holiday season and looks exceptionally flattering on medium-tan skin.

Rating: 4.9/5

Price: $6.11*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.com

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10. Essie Nail Polish In Designated DJ

Pros

  • Very saturated
  • Beautiful color
  • Quick drying
  • Long-wearing

Cons

  • Chips without top coat

Essie Nail Polish In Designated DJ Review

This was launched as a part of Essie’s 2017 Spring Collection. The shade is a rich, deep plum with more purple in it and no matter what the season, this will look gorgeous. Its formula is great, and you get an opaque finish in two coats. The applicator brush is easy to use and gives you a smooth and even finish.

This is a color that will look flattering on every skin tone, all year round! It can also be used for doing your nail art designs.

Rating: 4.9/5

Price: $9*

Purchase Link: www.essie.com

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11. Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish In “Rose Rapture”

Pros

  • Easy application
  • Dries quickly
  • Highly pigmented
  • Long staying
  • Great quality at an affordable price

Cons

  • It needs a top coat, or it will start to dull out within a week

Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish In “Rose Rapture” Review

The shade ‘Rose Rapture’ is a pale, shimmery hot pink nail polish with silver shimmers in it. This bubbly color looks very feminine, and it has a unique formula. You get full opacity in just two coats, and it really is a breeze to work with this. The brush does not leave strokes and gives you an even application. Highly recommended!
This one will make a superb color for summer or spring, and will look pretty on all skin tones!

Rating: 4.8/5

Price: $5.69*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.com

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12. Zoya Nail Lacquer In “Frida”

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Gentle formula
  • Great applicator brush
  • Long lasting

Cons

  • Needs too many coats for a fully opaque finish because of which it takes forever to dry

Zoya Nail Lacquer In “Frida” Review

Frida by Zoya is a sheer, dark, and warm-toned teal blue with a buildable jelly gloss finish. Its unique formula can be worn alone or layered to create an endless variety of custom colors and effects. Talking about the formula, its pretty thin and you need to apply multiple coats (around 5-6) to get it to an opaque finish.

This one’s great to use as a tinted top coat or over your nail art designs, but as a stand-alone polish, it’s hectic to apply so many coats. However, we can’t deny that the jelly gloss finish looks incredible.

Rating: 4.8/5

Price: $10*

Purchase Link: www.zoya.com

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13. Essie Nail Polish In “Wicked”

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Quick drying
  • Long wearing
  • Gives you an opaque finish

Cons

  • Needs top coat

Essie Nail Polish In “Wicked” Review

This shade by Essie is a beautiful deep brown-purple, and it makes for a sultry winter look. Its formula is great. The applicator brush is easy to use, and gives you a shiny, smooth finish with much ease. Two coats give you a fully opaque finish, and the longevity of the polish is decent.

This dark color will look amazing on every skin tone with all outfits and is great for winter, fall, and autumn.

Rating: 4.7/5

Price: $9*

Purchase Link: www.essie.com

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14. Orly In “Haute Red”

Pros

  • Great formula
  • Easy to apply
  • Brush does not create streaks
  • Long wearing

Cons

  • Takes time to dry

Orly In “Haute Red” Review

If you want a glamorous Hollywood red on your nails – your search ends here! This neutral red is a balance of orange and blue, giving you a true red shade. Its formula applies evenly and beautifully without streaking. Haute Red is a definite staple for your nail polish collection.

Since it’s a classic red, this will look great all round the year and will complement every skin tone so well.

Rating: 4.7/5

Price: $6.50

Purchase Link: www.amazon.com

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15. Maybelline Forever Strong Nail Polish In “Nude Rose”

Pros

  • Great formula and finish
  • Affordable
  • Long wearing
  • Does not chip

Cons

  • Shine and glossiness fades after 4-5 days

Maybelline Forever Strong Nail Polish In “Nude Rose” Review

This shade is the perfect dusty pink/nude shade. It’s the perfect subtle color that you can even wear to work. Its formula is incredible, and it applies easily without looking streaky, as lighter shades tend to do. This one does great and dries quickly, leaving this shine and gel-like finish that lasts you for a whole week!

This is one color that will work for every skin tone and can be worn just about anytime.

Rating: 4.7/5

Price: $7.94*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.com

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 (*Product prices may vary) 

Choosing a nail polish can be a really fun endeavor, but with a bazillion options out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the choices. Remember to choose a nail polish that goes well with your skin tone, but don’t be afraid to experiment with new shades. For formal occasions, it’s best to choose neutral shades. You can also choose colors based on seasons as it’s fun to transition your pick of nail color with each season. You could also keep yourself updated with the latest trends, and you just may find a hue within this spectrum that looks fabulous on you. Eventually, it all comes down to trial and error to see what works for you and what you could indeed just skip.

That was our pick of the 15 best drugstore nail polishes out there that you absolutely must check out! Do you have a favorite drugstore brand when it comes to nail colors? Let us know in the comments!

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