10 Best Gel Nail Polishes in 2021

Gel polish has seriously changed the nail game for people who can’t go two days without chipping their manicure. Or people who don’t want the fuss or expense of a salon manicure but crave similar results at home. A typical gel manicure consists of a gel-based nail polish that hardens via a UV light to reveal crisp, chip-proof nails. A good gel polish from a trusted brand, plenty of which you can find below, can last up to two weeks and seamlessly make it through wear and tear-and plenty doesn’t need a UV lamp at all.

But the nail care aisle is flooded with gel polish options as the style grows in popularity, so we scoped out the best of the best to give yourself a salon-worthy coat of polish (or two). Here are the 10 best gel nail polishes in 2021 you should buy now.

10 Best Gel Nail Polishes in 2021

1. Miracle Gel Nail Polish

Miracle Gel Nail Polish - Best Gel Nail Polishes In 2021

This gel nail polish is a GH Beauty Award winner and at an incredible value. Unlike most gel polishes in a salon, this lacquer doesn’t require a light to cure. When tested, the Beauty Lab found that it dried quickly, resisted chipping, and lasted much longer than normal nail polish.

2. Gel Couture

Gel Couture - Best Gel Nail Polishes in 2021

Essie’s Gel Couture line comes in a wide range of shades and this no-light gel nail polish is easy to apply and feels professional. “This nail polish has changed my life! It  … dries completely within 5 minutes and looks amazing,” says one reviewer. “It lasts at least a week with minimal to no chipping and the colors are beautiful too. It looks exactly like a professional gel manicure!”

3. Gel Lab Pro Nail Color

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Lacquer - Best Gel Nail Polishes in 2021

Not only does this nail polish stay on your nails, it’s also formulated with good-for-you ingredients like biotin and keratin that contribute to your overall nail health. “This is by far the best nail polish I’ve ever used,” says one reviewer. “It dries fast and smooth.”

4. OPI GelColor Nail Polish

OPI Gel Nail Polish & Gel Polish Colors- Best Gel Nail Polishes in 2021

Complete with OPI’s signature skinny brush, this special gel formula, according to the brand, is designed as a higher-performance, even glossier version of its regular (and still very beloved) polish. Nab it in one of the brand’s most iconic shades to date, Bubble Bath.

5. Dior Couture Color, Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer

Dior Couture Color, Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer - Best Gel Nail Polishes In 2021

Nothing is chicer than Dior. This super-shiny, super-durable formula rivals the results of spendy salon job, and the color choices range from natural and sophisticated to more whimsical like this shade called Front Row.

6. Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish

Deborah Lippmann Gel - Best Gel Nail Polishes in 2021

This innovative gel-finish formula from the polish masters at Deborah Lippmann allows you all the luxuries of a salon-level manicure without having to leave the comfort of your own home. Each bottle features a unique contour brush with 320 bristles to perfectly coat each nail, and the dual-patented polish formula brims with 10 active ingredients to achieve the signature gleam and cushion of a gel manicure without any of the associated collateral damage.

7. Le Gel Coat Longwear Top Coat

Chanel] Roubachka (514) - Best Gel Nail Polishes in 2021

Seal the deal with Chanel’s Le Gel Coat. Not only does this polish extend the wear of your manicure, but it also has a super glossy payoff so you’ll never experience dullness or a lackluster shine. Plus, there’s no need to pull out a UV light system with this luxe polish—simply dry your nails with natural light and go.

8. Forever Fabulous Marilyn Monroe

Morgan Taylor Forever Fabulous Marilyn Monroe Collection - Best Gel Nail Polishes in 2021

Marilyn Monroe’s level of elegance and grace is virtually unmatchable, but you can get pretty close with Gelish’s new line. Pick from polishes like “Classic Red Lips” or “Some Girls Prefer Pearls,” and use their online guide to see what they’ll look like on your nails. After you’re done, just soak in acetone to remove!

9. Weekly Top Coat

Weekly Top Coat - Best Gel Nail Polishes in 2021

The beauty of top coat polish is it strengthens your nails overtime, which is ideal if you’re dealing with weak or brittle nail beds. Apply your favorite base coat and finish with this top coat. Then, dry your paint job under a UV lamp for 30 seconds and enjoy a week long of perfectly polished nails.

10. Colorstay Gel Envy

Colorstay Gel Envy - Best Gel Nail Polishes in 2021

The beauty of this polish is the built-in base coat. Skip that prep step and simply apply a coat or two to your nails. For added shine,  follow that up with their Colorstay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat ($5) to ensure a chip-resistant finish. And when you’re ready, these will come right off without you having to soak or scrape the polish off.



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