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The Best Nail Polishes to Buy

Updated on July 21, 2015

The different kinds

All nail polishes have their own strengths. Whether it be a good vibrant color, it lasts long, or dries fast. However, they also have their weakness, not a smooth coating, bad applicator, way too expensive. I have yet to find a perfect nail polish that has every good attribute. Then again, nobody’s perfect and not every Nail Polish is perfect. Here are some strengths and weaknesses of nail polishes.


OPI is expensive, about ten dollars; and is a good brand. Firstly let me talk about the bad things about this brand. The reason I wanted to try it was because everyone said it would last a very long time. It really doesn't in my opinion. It may just be me, but I don't think it last that long. Maybe 2-3 days before it begins to chip. I, also, never understood what people meant by a good applicator. What is the difference between a good applicator and a bad applicator, aren’t they the same? I learned the real definition when I myself had bought a bad quality nail polish. The nail polish brush wand was short thick and stubby. It was terrible, as I painted my nails the nail polish was out of control. OPI has a great wand though; it is long and just the right thickness. The formula is also good for some things. Some formula’s are very thin and feel like water. While others or so thick that it is impossible to paint your nails. Just yesterday, I was trying a nail polish and I had to dab it on because it was so thick. This nail polish has the perfect formula. Best of all it doesn’t streak! The variety of colors makes it a great company, and if money is not a problem, this is worth it.


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Sally Hanson X-treme wear

This brand can be found at a store such as Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS. This brand is cheap, and often, at CVS, is on sale. This brand is my favorite. Everyone I have talked to don’t like it, probably because it a drugstore brand. I love this brand because it is cheap but good quality. I love the colors. However, I only buy Sally Hanson in the summer; I love the cute little colors. I do not think that the winter colors, darker colors, are that great. The pastels and pinks are my favorite. This brand has a great applicator; I love it a lot better than OPI’s applicator. Not only is it cheap, it is its money’s worth. The applicator makes it fast and easy to paint your nails. It also makes it easier to not paint over cuticles. The formula is also very great, because one coat is enough. It stays vibrant and true to color for a while. Also, it dries a lot quicker, though not billed as quick- dry. Not only does it stay a while, it comes off easily with nail-polish remover; Unlike Revlon, which is almost impossible to remove without losing a nail in the process. Sally Hanson is a great choice and is pretty cheap, making it perfect!


This nail polish is very durable, it resists chipping for days. Especially when worn with a good base and top coat. Like OPI, it has multiple colors for everyone, and I mean everyone. It has pastels, dark wine colors, metallic’s, etc. It has everything from glitter, shimmer, to plain matte. However, the formulas differ from one another. Some of the formulas are streaky and need three significant coats to get it opaque and smooth. This may be due to the fact that the applicator is not the best. It is not terrible, but not great. The brushes are thin, round and shorter than most. Yet, the bristles are very flexible, allowing the ability to easily fan it upon the entire width of the nail.

This is the perfect example of a metallic color!
This is the perfect example of a metallic color!

China Glaze

China glaze, despite what I had hoped was not my favorite. It is true it does have nice colors, but it chips pretty quickly. For me it was within a day, although of course if you put a base and top coat it would last longer. The applicator was fine and was not special or bad. This brand is just ordinary, noting pops about this nail polish company. There is honestly not much to say about this product. I would prefer Essie, China Glaze chipped on the same day. I am actually quite disappointed in this company.


This is brand is not the best out there, you get what you pay for, which is very little. It can be found at Dollar Tree for $1, or at CVS for about $2. It is not so bad at first, besides the fact that some colors are not as pigmented. However, after a while, it dries out and the applicator turns hard as rock and just doesn’t spread. It is not worth it to buy a nail polish that will dry out after a while. It is also not very long-lasting. After a day or two, it chips. It just makes sense to pay a little more for a nail polish that will last.


This nail polish is extremely expensive. However, some colors are worth it. It all depends. Some colors, I paint them once and it lasts for 5 days, such as "Fracas". (This color is a nice pinky color that I love) Others, such as "Coromandel and Vertigo", will chip the same day as I paint them. This is a wine color and is very beautiful. (This title was based on a place in New Zealand) It is not really worth the money. There are a few colors that are rare and cannot be found anywhere else. Overall it depends, if you are on a budget this is a no no.

Sinful Colors

Not as great of a nail polish, but is better than NYC's nail polishes. This nail polishes applicator is not good but not bad, it is just a bit thin. The formula could be a lot better. It takes multiple coats, 3-4 of the color I tried, to actually get the right color that you want. Several of the ones I tried were transparent and did not have a good opaque. If you do manage to have it on with a good strong color, it will stain your nails. I have tried "Savage" and "Innocent." They stained my nails for days, once on, you have to wait days for your nail to just grow. Be careful of what colors you choose.

Best Nail Polish?

Every nail polish has its strengths and weaknesses, the opaque is not good, applicator sucks, formula is to thick, etc. Therefore it is hard to pick your favorite but I have narrowed it down to 2; Essie and Sally Hanson. I wanted to pick one expensive nail polish and one relatively cheap nail polish. I was tied between OPI and Essie, but at the end of the day, Essie is the best nail polish out there. It has a lot of colors to choose from, it has a great applicator, and lasts for a long time. If you don't really want to spend as much money Sally Hanson X-treme wear is great. The applicator is fun and although they don't have as much colors as OPI or Essie, it does have some fun summer colors.


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    • hubsy profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      That is a very good question Chantelle! It is most likely the brand you use. If you wouldn't mind, what is the brand of the frosted polishes and what brand do you use for cream polishes? Nevertheless, to get rid of the streaks, just apply multiple thin coats of the nail polish, it will eventually become one solid color. If you are impatient like me, make sure you don't get tired of doing thin coats and just do thick coats. If you do thick coats, the coats underneath won't dry and it will just be a mess. So apply a thin coat, let it dry, apply another coat, and let it dry. Do this until satisfied with the color you have. It is most likely the formula being to thin and watery. Most brands will finally become pigmented with enough coats, if that doesn't work, let me know!

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      Chantelle Porter 

      2 years ago from Chicago

      It sounds like you are quite the nail polish maven. Can I pick your brain? When I use the frosted polishes I have no problem with streaking. When I use the creams I get streaks. Any advice? thanks!


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