Short of buying indie brand polishes? These are as good as it gets for both black and white polishes. There are some more expensive brands that are just as good and don't get gloopy as quickly as these, but for drying time, opacity and application? These are great. I'm a fan of the wider, flat brush types with a rounded end that you find in these and several other polishes. They dry fast, so needing a second coat isn't as big a deal as it would usually be. They can get thick fast, as quick dry formulas tend to do, but they play remarkably well with polish thinners so that's not really a problem for me. These are my go-to polishes for black or white bases for most of my nail art, especially because they're so affordable.