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8 Cheap Drugstore Nail Polishes With The Best Customer Reviews

March 11, 2016 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

No matter what your budget, a great manicure is always attainable and there's no shortage of amazing drugstore nail polishes out there to suit your every whim and fancy. Whether you're spending $3 or $30, you want a polish that has great color and won't chip the second you open a can. And we've got them--here are 8 drugstore nail polishes that boast the best reviews.

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Wet n Wild Megalast Salon Nail Color, Wet Cement

Major props are given to this nail polish for its "pro manicure brush" that deposits color with smooth ease. The shade, a cocoa-grey with a tinge of purple, is hailed as "rich," "dramatic," and "beautiful."

Wet n Wild Megalast Salon Nail Color, Wet Cement ($1.99)

Revlon Nail Enamel, Privileged

This "vibrant nude" dried quickly and lasted for days. Overall, reviewers are fond of Revlon's unique collection of shades, which have been called "highly pigmented" and so vibrant they often only require one coat. One downside: many customers complained that this polish is on the thin side and you really can't wear it without a topcoat.

Revlon Nail Enamel, Privileged ($5.99)

OPI Classic Shades Nail Lacquer, I'm Not Really a Waitress

OPI has a stellar reputation as an affordable nail polish brand that goes on smoothly, lasts a long time, and doesn't stint when it comes to releasing up-to-the-minute hues. Customers love this shade, which is described as a "dramatic red" with just enough sparkle (that isn't metallic or frosty) to make you feel like a sexy.

OPI Classic Shades Nail Lacquer, I'm Not Really a Waitress ($7.41)

Essie Resort Nail Polish Collection, Tah-ma-haul

Most resort collection shades make you look as if your hands are wrapped in neon cellophane. But Essie Tah-ma-haul, a cross between apricot and marigold, is a brighter, more joyful version of an earthy basic you might wear year-round. And because it's from Essie, customers love how it's DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde free.

Essie Resort Nail Polish Collection, Tah-ma-haul ($8.50)

China Glaze House of Colour Nail Lacquer with Hardeners Collection, Sorry I'm Latte

Part of China Glaze's Spring 2016 collection, this pretty nude polish is a clear winner, thanks to its smooth application and ability to strengthen weak, brittle nails. Added bonus: it dries quickly and never requires more than two coats.

China Glaze House of Colour Nail Lacquer with Hardeners Collection, Sorry I'm Latte ($7.50)

Red Carpet Manicure Neutral LED Gel Nail Polish Collection, Créme de la Créme

Imagine a polish you can use at home that lasts 21 days without chips--Red Carpet Manicure's many fans say this "true nude," which contains peach undertones, is fast drying, smooth, and lasts forever.

Red Carpet Manicure Neutral LED Gel Nail Polish Collection, Créme de la Créme ($9.99)

Orly Mani Mini Collection

You don't have to spend a fortune to treat yourself to "funky," "fun" colors and a "quality polish" that reviewers say is foolproof to apply and make their hands look amazing. If you like to think outside the beauty box and experiment with bright yellow, aqua blue créme, or peach-pink golden shimmer polish, Orly won't disappoint.

Orly Mani Mini Collection ($4.80)

Essie Nail Polish, Where's My Chauffeur?

One reviewer said this polish goes on as smooth as glass, another raved about its remarkable staying power (lasting up to a week without chips), and the more than 3,300 reviewers agreed that this light, mint green (with just a hint of blue) is the perfect fun, spring shade.

Essie Nail Polish, Where's My Chauffeur? ($8.50)

 

Author:

Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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