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The 5 Best Drugstore Gel Nail Polishes According to Customer Reviews

* Gel nail polish is chip resistant and lasts up to 14 days
* At-home polishes don’t require UV light like other gel manicures
* Most applications require both a color polish and a top coat

If you’ve never had a gel manicure, you’re seriously missing out. Chip-resistant, long lasting and super shiny, gel nail polish is a miraculous invention that hit salons in the past decade. Yet, until recently, gel nails required a UV light for activation and were only available at spas and nail salons.

Thankfully all that has changed with the invention of at-home gel nail polish. These polishes require only natural light and provide the same look as traditional gel manicures done in the salon. Check out these five best-selling options that customers swear by.

1. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish

Available in 75 colors,

gives you long-lasting, lustrous color. The chip-resistance comes without the need for a UV lamp, saving you money and time. 

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2. Essie Gel Couture

Essie has become one of the most sought after brands in at-home nail color. And with the updated gel versions of the feminine Essie colors, the brand has secured a cult following. Essie’s Gel Couture comes in a runway-inspired bottle and is designed with a wider brush for streak-free application. For a 14-day manicure, grab this Essie gel polish.

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3. Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish

Who doesn’t love bright colored nail polish that last up to two weeks? The Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish offers plumping effect created by the plasticizer technology in each bottle, making the polish last longer and look shinier than traditional polishes. It’s also infused with a rare flower extract that strengthens your nails with each use. 

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4. Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Color

Do you want nails that sparkle? Check out this Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Color. With a variety of subdued color offerings, this gel nail polish is versatile enough to wear just about anything. Instantly glides smoothly over the nail without bubbling, and provides a nice finish with maximum shine. 

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5. Chanel Le Gel Coat Longwear Top Coat

A partner to Chanel’s Le Vernis Nail Colour,  Le Gel Coat is designed to be applied on top of your other normal Chanel nail polishes. It then uses natural light to bond with the color in order to extend the life of your at-home manicure for up to seven days. The top coat also provides extra flexibility and strength, preventing chips and scratches. Plus, Le Gel enhances your color to make your nails appear ultra-glossy.

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