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The Best Drugstore Nail Polishes
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The Best Drugstore Nail Polishes

Based on 322,586 Influenster Reviews

Master that perfect manicure at home with these Influenster favorite nail polishes. The best part? They're all available at the drugstore. See the best formulas here!

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OPI Nail Lacquer
BY OPI
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars75%
  • 4 Stars19%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star0%
4.7 / 5 (30,476 reviews)
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Alejandra M.Alejandra M. said...
OPI nail polish is of exceptional quality and half of the polish i own is OPI. The variety of colors is uncanny, ranging from solids to shimmers to nudes and metallics. The polish definitely lasts if you use a base and top coat. Their base coat is very durable and effective especially with colors that tend to stain the nail beds like reds and blacks. Once removed, your nails look clean and unstained when using the base coat. The flat brush that comes in every bottle is perfectly shaped to fit the nail without having any excess polish going everywhere. The packaging is clean and modern and I love that the top of the brush has a bit of grit to it so that your fingers don't slip while painting your nails. The only thing I don't like about the colors is that they're a bit too watery and you need to be light handed when it comes to applying without getting it on the cuticles. That being said, 2 coats of polish is more than sufficient unless you're using one of the nudes, nail envy's, or the opaque shimmery ones. You will most likely need more than 2 coats  or a bright base color like white to set the tone. A technique a really like to use, especially for glitter polishes; pour the polish unto a plastic or paper plate and dip a triangular makeup sponge into it and dab unto your nails that way you're getting more of the glitter than the clear polish it's in. You can use cuticle protector so you don't get polish on your skin or, if you don't have any on hand, you can mix a little bit of Elmer's glue with some water and with a pain brush, you can paint in the skin around your nail and let it dry. After you've applied your nail polish and it's dried, you can peel it right off. I use this technique on myself as well as my clients and it never fails me. ...read more
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essie Nail Polish
BY ESSIE
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars66%
  • 4 Stars24%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (29,491 reviews)
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Agus t. said...
I really like Essie polishes! I am really bad at doing my own nails, and this polish is easy even for me to use. It is very easy to get a nice, even coat unlike some other polishes that I've tried. In my experience, you usually need about 2 coats for most of the shades and 3 for the really light shades. That is about average for me across all brands. The shade selection is ridiculously great! They have every shade of red and pink and nudes that you could possibly want with enough odd colors to keep the interest going. My favorite color so far has been Hi-Class Affair, a peachy pink. With how often they release new shades, who knows when I will find a new favorite. I do not use my hands much, so this polish will usually last at least a week before chipping off. It also dries pretty quickly which is great. I hate having to wait 30 minutes for a polish to dry just to find out it wasn't really dry at all. No such problems with this one. I feel like I could find a polish on the same level for a much better price so I did not give it the fifth star for that reason. It seems a bit overpriced when there are so many cheaper competitors. ...read more
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Sally Hansen® Hard As Nail Xtreme Wear Nail Color
BY SALLY HANSEN
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars58%
  • 4 Stars26%
  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star2%
4.3 / 5 (10,138 reviews)
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Lisa D.Lisa D. said...
I really can't say enough positive things about this entire line! The selection is great and the entire line is priced between $2-$3, depending on the store. I own at least 20 Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes and every one has a great formula and self-levels like a dream. My go-to gold and silver polishes are from this line - Golden-I and Celeb City, respectively. Anyone with a sizable polish collection will appreciate the bottle's shape and small footprint from a storage perspective. Another seemingly minor packaging feature that you will grow to love if you store polishes in drawers or boxes is the label on top of the cap which identifies the name of the color. This makes it much easier to locate a specific polish in your collection. These polishes have a standard narrow brush, which may be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your preference. Personally, I have never had any problems with these brushes and like them, even though I like wide brushes as well. My tastes lean heavily towards blues and greens and I have had no problems with any Xtreme Wear polishes staining my nails (with use of a base coat, of course). ...read more
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SinfulColors Professional Nail Color
BY SINFUL COLORS
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars60%
  • 4 Stars25%
  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (17,744 reviews)
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courtney j.courtney j. said...
I love these polishes! They are really affordable and come in EVERY color you can dream of. Recently my local Walgreen's had these on sale for $1.99 each so I got 3 of them!!
1052 - Endless Blue (my favorite of the 3)
1140 - Ice Dream (glitter polish I used over Endless Blue)
387 - Bali Mist (light opalescent pinkish lavender)

These are great for experimenting and layering! You can make a ton of different looks out of a few colors.

Endless Blue - a thick, rich blue. You only need 2 coats (almost 1) to get true to bottle color. It dries super smooth and pretty quickly. With a top coat it lasted a full week.

Ice Dream - a great glitter polish for layering. Not clumpy, dries evenly. Average glitter polish. Lasts a week or less with top coat.

Bali Mist - I was disappointed in HOW sheer this one was. It looks AMAZING in the bottle and I would die for it if it was true to bottle color! It will still be cute for layering and adding interest to my nail looks, though.

Overall I highly recommend these nail polishes as they are a great buy! ...read more
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wet n wild MegaLast Nail Color
BY WET N WILD
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars61%
  • 4 Stars23%
  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (4,305 reviews)
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Samantha T.Samantha T. said...
I love Wet n Wild because it is such an afordable brand, but there products are a great quality. When I saw this new line of nail polishes I thought why not try it since it's only $1.99?!

First of all, the colors in this line are a great range. A lot of times drugstore brands have a subpar selection, but the Megalast has nice pastels, neutrals, and dark colors for fall.

The formula on this line is great. All of the colors that I have apply opaque in two coats, and some even in only one! I, personally, like the brush. It took me a few uses to get used to it, but now it makes the application process much easier for me. The wide brush really helps me maintain my three stroke goal on my nails.

The stay power on these babies is amazing! I wasn't expecting too much because the Wet n Wild Wildshines normally chip on me after two days, but these go five days without chipping no problem (keep in mind I do use a basecoat and top coat)! Also I'm not too easy on my nails (I do a lot of typing, cleaning, etc) so this long staying power is a plus for me!

I was skeptical of these nail polishes in the beginning, but now they are definitely my favorite nail polish line! With the Wet n Wild Megalast nail polishes you can get longwearing color without breaking the bank. ...read more
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Pure Ice Nail Polish
BY PURE ICE
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars63%
  • 4 Stars24%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (1,578 reviews)
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Ye-Jin H.Ye-Jin H. said...
This nail polish is actually pretty great. I expected it to be more thick and feel heavy on my nails, but it surprisingly went on opaque with only two coats and it didn't feel heavy or thick at all. The nail polish also lasts really long. Although it chipped, it didn't chip for at least a week. And even after two weeks of it being on, it looks pretty great. Eventually I chipped it off myself without using nail polish remover, but I think the formula is pretty strong because there is still some on my fingernails. ...read more
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