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29 Products That'll Help You Give Yourself A Perfect Manicure

Because sometimes nail polish can speak louder than words. The products in this post were updated in March 2018.

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We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1. A starter kit with everything you need for a subtle, perfect manicure, including a bottle of naked base, pink perfector, white tip perfector, and satin seal topcoat.

Promising Review: "Love this polish set. I have very brittle nails and without polish they split if you look at them too sternly. This gives me a look of strong, healthy nails. For the first couple times, the manicure lasted five days. Now that my nails have grown out a bit, they are healthier, and it lasts for seven days. Left hand always looks better than the right, but that is not the fault of the polish." —inNWAGet the four-piece kit from Amazon for $25. (Cruelty-free and 100% vegan.)
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Promising Review: "Love this polish set. I have very brittle nails and without polish they split if you look at them too sternly. This gives me a look of strong, healthy nails. For the first couple times, the manicure lasted five days. Now that my nails have grown out a bit, they are healthier, and it lasts for seven days. Left hand always looks better than the right, but that is not the fault of the polish." —inNWA

Get the four-piece kit from Amazon for $25. (Cruelty-free and 100% vegan.)

2. An all-natural nail polish remover that isn't made with harsh chemicals.

Promising Review: "The most amazing nail polish remover ever!!! You don't need to use a lot of it like with regular acetone based nail polish remover; use one tiny cotton ball and you're set! AND no after smell! My nails seem to improve, too! They look a lot healthier." —Jenny Get it from Amazon for $11.39. (Cruelty-free and 100% vegan.)
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Promising Review: "The most amazing nail polish remover ever!!! You don't need to use a lot of it like with regular acetone based nail polish remover; use one tiny cotton ball and you're set! AND no after smell! My nails seem to improve, too! They look a lot healthier." —Jenny

Get it from Amazon for $11.39. (Cruelty-free and 100% vegan.)

3. A nail polish holder, because it's already hard enough trying to paint your nails with your other hand without having to worry about the bottle of nail polish spilling.

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Promising Review: "This is a great invention; I wish I was the one who invented it! We bought this for our 12-year-old daughter after she had a couple 'accidents' spilling fingernail polish jars. She absolutely loves it, my wife even uses it now, and she loves it too!" —wormyh2o

Get it from Amazon for $9.99. (Available in a variety of color options.)

4. A set of nail stencils so you're only painting your nails and not the side of your hand, your table, or maybe even your clothes.

Promising Review: "I expected this to be a throwaway purchase, but it actually works really well. Usually, it looks like a five-year-old painted my right hand, but these guided me. Much to my amazement, they are working perfectly. Do expect, however, that you'll need to do some touch up work before drying." —Amazon CustomerGet the 26-piece set from Amazon for $6.39.
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Promising Review: "I expected this to be a throwaway purchase, but it actually works really well. Usually, it looks like a five-year-old painted my right hand, but these guided me. Much to my amazement, they are working perfectly. Do expect, however, that you'll need to do some touch up work before drying." —Amazon Customer

Get the 26-piece set from Amazon for $6.39.

5. A bottle of Orly Breathable Nail Polish for beautiful shades that are made with argan oil and vitamins to nourish and hydrate.

Promising Review: "My nails grew stronger when I stopped using nail polish, so I was hesitant to use it ever again. Just used this breathable polish for the last week. Nails are as strong as ever! Won't ever go back to non-breathable variety." —nancy mcdowellGet it from Amazon for $6.74+. (Available in 18 colors.)
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Promising Review: "My nails grew stronger when I stopped using nail polish, so I was hesitant to use it ever again. Just used this breathable polish for the last week. Nails are as strong as ever! Won't ever go back to non-breathable variety." —nancy mcdowell

Get it from Amazon for $6.74+. (Available in 18 colors.)

6. A set of acrylic nail removers to get off your gel manicure in an easy and safe way.

Promising Review: "I really like these for removing my gel polish. I just put part of a cotton ball on my fingernail, use a dropper to saturate it with 100% acetone remover, and sit back for just however long I feel like — 15-20 minutes usually." —mama.eeeeGet the 10-pack from Amazon for $7.29. (You can even get some for your toes here.)
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Promising Review: "I really like these for removing my gel polish. I just put part of a cotton ball on my fingernail, use a dropper to saturate it with 100% acetone remover, and sit back for just however long I feel like — 15-20 minutes usually." —mama.eeee

Get the 10-pack from Amazon for $7.29. (You can even get some for your toes here.)

7. A cuticle massage cream so you can get an intensive moisturizing session and soothe any hangnails or torn cuticles.

Promising Review: "I use this product all the time and am enjoying the benefits of not having cracked cuticles anymore. Use it every two or three days after a shower for great results." —LemonaGet it from Amazon for $4.24.
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Promising Review: "I use this product all the time and am enjoying the benefits of not having cracked cuticles anymore. Use it every two or three days after a shower for great results." —Lemona

Get it from Amazon for $4.24.

8. A nail dryer, because why shouldn't you have an adorable monkey available to dry your nails whenever you want?

Promising Review: "The nail dryer works great for the price. I do wish it blew a little harder because it does take a bit of time to completely dry, but it gets the job done. It is so easy to operate that my three-year-old can use it when she gets her nails done." —LaurenGet it from Amazon for $3.35.
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Promising Review: "The nail dryer works great for the price. I do wish it blew a little harder because it does take a bit of time to completely dry, but it gets the job done. It is so easy to operate that my three-year-old can use it when she gets her nails done." —Lauren

Get it from Amazon for $3.35.

9. A set of nail polish remover pads that are acetone free, totally convenient for when you need to get that polish off in a pinch, and smell fantastic.

Promising Review: "I never thought I would love a nail polish remover, but here I am. I love these! They smell absolutely amazing, and they work perfectly. I even sat in bed, next to my boyfriend, while taking my nail polish off, which he normally asks me to go into the other room because he hates the smell, and the only thing he said is how great they smelled! I love that you can fold them up to get all the little tiny places around your nails. You can use these to clean up a manicure without messing up your fresh polish. It's so awesome." —Kalen GossGet 6 boxes of 32 pads from Amazon for $7.84.
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Promising Review: "I never thought I would love a nail polish remover, but here I am. I love these! They smell absolutely amazing, and they work perfectly. I even sat in bed, next to my boyfriend, while taking my nail polish off, which he normally asks me to go into the other room because he hates the smell, and the only thing he said is how great they smelled! I love that you can fold them up to get all the little tiny places around your nails. You can use these to clean up a manicure without messing up your fresh polish. It's so awesome." —Kalen Goss

Get 6 boxes of 32 pads from Amazon for $7.84.

10. An instant cuticle remover capable of dissolving dry cuticles in 15 seconds.

Promising Review: "This stuff is magic. It also works wonders for calluses; just make sure not to leave on the skin too looking and rinse well." —Peanut ButterGet it from Amazon for $6.49.
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Promising Review: "This stuff is magic. It also works wonders for calluses; just make sure not to leave on the skin too looking and rinse well." —Peanut Butter

Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

11. A drying oil you can just drop on your wet nails to get dry polish in about a minute.

Promising Review: "This really works. Dried my nail polish before I had the chance to mess it up!" —Tennis galGet it from Amazon for $8.98.
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Promising Review: "This really works. Dried my nail polish before I had the chance to mess it up!" —Tennis gal

Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

12. A long-lasting polish and top coat that'll keep your nails looking like you just got a manicure for over a week.

Promising Review: "Love this stuff. Two thick coats help my polish look amazing with zero chips for as long as ten days. Yes, I counted. People thought I had gone to a salon to get my nails done; they look that nice. This is the only product that keeps chips at bay when working out with a heavy barbell." —HeidiCSRGet them from Amazon: top coat for $11.49 (available in 10 colors) and nail polish for $11.49 (available in 35 colors).
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Promising Review: "Love this stuff. Two thick coats help my polish look amazing with zero chips for as long as ten days. Yes, I counted. People thought I had gone to a salon to get my nails done; they look that nice. This is the only product that keeps chips at bay when working out with a heavy barbell." —HeidiCSR

Get them from Amazon: top coat for $11.49 (available in 10 colors) and nail polish for $11.49 (available in 35 colors).

13. A nail strengthener for help bringing your brittle nails back to life.

Promising Review: "My fingernails were disconnecting from the nail beds for reasons my dermatologist couldn't quite figure out, (some combination of stress, clumsiness, living in the pool, and washing my hands too often apparently). This protected my nails and healed the skin under them — after a year of being unable to open soda cans, I have strong nails that aren't about to fall off. Whatever's in this strengthener, it really works." —Lianna McDanielGet it from Amazon for $11.94 (available in 10 colors).
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Promising Review: "My fingernails were disconnecting from the nail beds for reasons my dermatologist couldn't quite figure out, (some combination of stress, clumsiness, living in the pool, and washing my hands too often apparently). This protected my nails and healed the skin under them — after a year of being unable to open soda cans, I have strong nails that aren't about to fall off. Whatever's in this strengthener, it really works." —Lianna McDaniel

Get it from Amazon for $11.94 (available in 10 colors).

14. A box of lint free cotton pads so you're not scraping the remnants of any leftover cotton balls from your nails.

Promising Review: "When I found out these existed, they were a MUST HAVE for me. When it comes to that nasty after-gel polish layer, using anything BUT these only makes more of a problem for you. Not having to deal with left over cotton and lint on my nails is awesome!" —LaenaGet it from Amazon for $2.49.
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Promising Review: "When I found out these existed, they were a MUST HAVE for me. When it comes to that nasty after-gel polish layer, using anything BUT these only makes more of a problem for you. Not having to deal with left over cotton and lint on my nails is awesome!" —Laena

Get it from Amazon for $2.49.

15. A glass nail file, which is gentler and more hygienic than that file you've been using for years.

Promising Review: "I was completely skeptical about this file. I mean, could it really be that different from the file I have used for years? Well, it's downright amazing. I could instantly tell the difference in the way it grabs onto the nail and shapes it so easily and in the way it files without tearing. I showed it to my husband and had him compare the two files on his nails — even he was impressed! The reviews are not an exaggeration but in fact a truthful representation of a fine product. Although the file is crystal, which might give the impression of being fragile, it feels sturdy and seems like it will last a long time. Well made. The price is right. Fantastic product." —poet girlGet it from Amazon for $9.99.
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Promising Review: "I was completely skeptical about this file. I mean, could it really be that different from the file I have used for years? Well, it's downright amazing. I could instantly tell the difference in the way it grabs onto the nail and shapes it so easily and in the way it files without tearing. I showed it to my husband and had him compare the two files on his nails — even he was impressed! The reviews are not an exaggeration but in fact a truthful representation of a fine product. Although the file is crystal, which might give the impression of being fragile, it feels sturdy and seems like it will last a long time. Well made. The price is right. Fantastic product." —poet girl

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

16. A soaking dish, because the best part of getting a manicure is letting your fingers soak in the warm, soapy water.

Promising Review: "Works just as it should. So much more comfortable than regular Tupperware to soak my nails." —VulpineGet it from Amazon for $2.21.
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Promising Review: "Works just as it should. So much more comfortable than regular Tupperware to soak my nails." —Vulpine

Get it from Amazon for $2.21.

17. A color-changing nail polish that is just so freakin' cool!

Promising Review: "I LOVE this gel polish. It showed as several different colors depending on my temperature — ranging from a perfect mauve/blush, to a medium purple/grey, to a darker blue grey. The coverage was beautiful with just two thin coats and it lasted over nine days without even a chip. Definitely one of my favorite gels so far. I'll be back for more! The bottle is slightly smaller than most, just an FYI. But it's a great value for the price." —MeredithGet it from Amazon for $3.99+. (Available in over 100 colors.)
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Promising Review: "I LOVE this gel polish. It showed as several different colors depending on my temperature — ranging from a perfect mauve/blush, to a medium purple/grey, to a darker blue grey. The coverage was beautiful with just two thin coats and it lasted over nine days without even a chip. Definitely one of my favorite gels so far. I'll be back for more! The bottle is slightly smaller than most, just an FYI. But it's a great value for the price." —Meredith

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+. (Available in over 100 colors.)

18. A quick-drying top coat you've seen your favorite manicure salon use. You know it works wonders.

Promising Review: "Love this top coat! It dries fast and is very glossy. Great shine and finish!" —AliciaZCool Get it from Amazon for $4.69.
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Promising Review: "Love this top coat! It dries fast and is very glossy. Great shine and finish!" —AliciaZCool

Get it from Amazon for $4.69.

19. A hand scrub to gently remove all that dead skin and look like a f#@%ing hand model.

Promising Review: "Adore the smell — big almond fan — and I like the feel. This is not as abrasive as some hand scrubs; good for using a couple times a week. The results won't be as dramatic as the stronger scrubs." —ph virginiaGet it from Amazon for $12.50.
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Promising Review: "Adore the smell — big almond fan — and I like the feel. This is not as abrasive as some hand scrubs; good for using a couple times a week. The results won't be as dramatic as the stronger scrubs." —ph virginia

Get it from Amazon for $12.50.

20. An instant smudge fix for those moments when you thought you were good to start rummaging through your purse but, of course, were not and you messed up your manicure.

Promising Review: "I have a bottle of this and it really does fix a smudge. I tested it out by smudging my wet polish on purpose and then applied this. Smoothed it out nicely. It won't fix a super bad smudges but it will sure save you an extra coat if you have a small one. I love this stuff." —SharGet it from Amazon for $14. (Cruelty-free, 100% vegan, and gluten-free.)
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Promising Review: "I have a bottle of this and it really does fix a smudge. I tested it out by smudging my wet polish on purpose and then applied this. Smoothed it out nicely. It won't fix a super bad smudges but it will sure save you an extra coat if you have a small one. I love this stuff." —Shar

Get it from Amazon for $14. (Cruelty-free, 100% vegan, and gluten-free.)

21. A vegan nail polish, because maybe you don't think any bunnies should be involved in the making of your manicure.

Promising Review: "I had to put on four coats before I couldn't see my nails. That said, once I got to that point, it looked good." —Lynn Van VleetGet it from Amazon for $11.39. (Cruelty-free and PETA certified.)
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Promising Review: "I had to put on four coats before I couldn't see my nails. That said, once I got to that point, it looked good." —Lynn Van Vleet

Get it from Amazon for $11.39. (Cruelty-free and PETA certified.)

22. A nail buffer to get your nails totally smooth.

Promising Review: "I reallyyyyy love these nail files. They last a lot longer than many I have used in the past. Do not waste your money on nail files elsewhere because you will not find a good deal like this !! Love the colors!" —Evelyn M.Get a five-pack from Amazon for $1.93.
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Promising Review: "I reallyyyyy love these nail files. They last a lot longer than many I have used in the past. Do not waste your money on nail files elsewhere because you will not find a good deal like this !! Love the colors!" —Evelyn M.

Get a five-pack from Amazon for $1.93.

23. A refillable corrector pen so you can get every last crevice and have a totally perfect manicure.

Promising Review: "O.P.I. nail corrector is the bomb! Those dark color nail polishes don't look so polished if they are not perfectly applied. OPI corrector cleans those edges to a fine shine. Definitely a no-brainer for nails." —PositiveCritiquerGet it from Macy's for $7.95.
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Promising Review: "O.P.I. nail corrector is the bomb! Those dark color nail polishes don't look so polished if they are not perfectly applied. OPI corrector cleans those edges to a fine shine. Definitely a no-brainer for nails." —PositiveCritiquer

Get it from Macy's for $7.95.

24. A manicure tool kit that includes all the tools to get your nail situation under total control.

Promising Review: "This is by far the nicest manicure/pedicure set I have ever seen. All of the clippers are super sharp and the instruments are very well made, as is the case. I can't believe the price, you will never find something of this quality for the price anywhere else." —JackieGet it from Amazon for $7.99.
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Promising Review: "This is by far the nicest manicure/pedicure set I have ever seen. All of the clippers are super sharp and the instruments are very well made, as is the case. I can't believe the price, you will never find something of this quality for the price anywhere else." —Jackie

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

25. A polish rejuvenator to renew the consistency of your manicure and keep your polish's vibrancy.

Get it from Natural Healthy Concepts for $10. (Cruelty-free and 100% vegan.)
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Get it from Natural Healthy Concepts for $10. (Cruelty-free and 100% vegan.)

26. A set of metallic polishes so you always have options when deciding what color to paint your nails.

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Promising Review: "These are great! Much thicker than I would have expected; you could get by with one coat. Great product for the price!!" —Katie Niekamp

Get the 12 piece set from Amazon for $11.96+ (available in two sets).

27. A gel manicure starter kit that includes manicure accessories, gel polishes, a nail lamp, and a very cute carrying case — basically everything you need for a perfect at-home gel manicure.

Promising Review: "I think for the price and what you are getting it's good. The nail polishes are a bit small; I would call them trial size but they don't run out quick. I've had them for a month — we are four females and we change our color about once a week and we still have plenty. I do have other gel brands and they work fine with the base/top coat and lamp as well." —diceGet it from Amazon for $36.99.
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Promising Review: "I think for the price and what you are getting it's good. The nail polishes are a bit small; I would call them trial size but they don't run out quick. I've had them for a month — we are four females and we change our color about once a week and we still have plenty. I do have other gel brands and they work fine with the base/top coat and lamp as well." —dice

Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

28. A hand and cuticle cream to keep your skin — and cuticles — feeling soft and smooth.

Get it from Walmart for $14.
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Get it from Walmart for $14.

29. And a manicure station so you always have all your tools organized in one convenient place where you can enjoy a little pampering time.

Promising Review: "This is one handy little bit of equipment! I like that it feels very sturdy, even though it is so lightweight. The angles it adjusts to are very seamless, smooth, and feel natural. It's not awkward in the least. It was super easy to put together, and it will make a great addition to my nail art endeavors. As an at-home tool, I think it makes doing my nails even easier. I recommend it wholeheartedly." —TracyLynneLaForestGet it from Amazon for $19.99.
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Promising Review: "This is one handy little bit of equipment! I like that it feels very sturdy, even though it is so lightweight. The angles it adjusts to are very seamless, smooth, and feel natural. It's not awkward in the least. It was super easy to put together, and it will make a great addition to my nail art endeavors. As an at-home tool, I think it makes doing my nails even easier. I recommend it wholeheartedly." —TracyLynneLaForest

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

Now you don't have an excuse for those out-of-control cuticles.

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