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25 Gorgeous Nail Polishes People Actually Swear By

Nail polish is just makeup for your nails and if you were wondering which ones won't chip after two hours, look no further.

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1. A cruelty-free pink holographic polish—perfect for your giant heart and conscience.

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Promising Review: "I love, love, love the Color Club polish! First, but NOT in order of priority, I love their colors! They go on smoothly and they last pretty well, but the holographic colors are so cool! The BEST part is that it's safer than many nail polish options, it doesn't have any formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP chemicals, it's vegan, and most importantly, it's NOT tested on animals and all around cruelty-free. There are so many cosmetics that test on poor helpless animals, and I will not support that by purchasing their products." –recycle-it

Get it from Amazon for $7.76. Available in 12 colors.

2. A light confetti polish for everyone who just loves being festive.

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Promising Review: "Major BLING! It is a very vivid and beautiful product. I am not good at painting base coats, but putting this polish on top was a breeze." –Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $4.71.

3. A vegan nail polish that looks great AND can fight off toe fungus. The duality!

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Promising Review: "I bought this polish to cure my fungus. I'm very amazed at this polish, it doesn't chip at all. Now that my toenails have grown, the polish still looks good (I'm too busy these days to get pedicure). It also has that very smooth shine that you only see with those thirty dollar polish!" –D FRYE

Get it from Amazon for $17. Available in 42 colors.

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4. Elusive, multichrome polish to go with that cryptic life you're living. Is it blue or purple? No one knows for sure.

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Promising Review: "I love, love, love this color! Depending on what the lighting is, the polish will look blue or purple or both. In the sunlight it is a brilliant deep shade of blue. The polish lasts quite a while (at least two weeks) with a top coat. I've received many compliments on this polish!" –dawnvolk

Get it from Amazon for $9.25+.

5. A simple and pleasant pink polish your nails will look pretty in.

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Promising Review: "I absolutely love this polish! It is pretty and bold without being too bright. I have used it every week since I bought it! I also like that it seems to dry faster than my other polishes." –Kristin

Get it from Amazon for $9. Available in 32 colors.

6. Bomb chrome nail polish that can switch from green, to gray, to purple. Multiplicity of identity!

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Promising Review: "Love this color so much because it reminds me of the kind of iridescent look you see in oil slicks when they're wet. It's gorgeous and long lasting. I'm on day five, and I barely have any chipping, when with other nail polishes they'd be long gone by now." –NDcellist

Get it from Julep for $14.

7. A pack of polish. Getting bored of the color on your nails is a thing of the past! Versatility!

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Promising Review: "This nail polish will not chip, it's amazing! I'm a swimmer, which requires me to be in the water all the time, and it didn't fade." –MIMI

Get them from Amazon for $10.89. Also available in a pack of six.

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8. Purple matte polish to give you dramatic, vamp-like nails that would make Elvira nod her head in approval.

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Promising Review: "I love this nail polish. It applied matte, and the color is absolutely gorgeous. It also dries really fast, which is a plus!" –Sylina Garcia

Get it from Amazon for $10. Available in 339 colors.

9. O.P.I. Nail Lacquer—it's super reliable and long-lasting, which is everything your nails would want if they could talk.

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Promising Review: "Pretty color! It turned out exactly how I wanted. I love the texture and finish! OPI always wins the race when it comes to nail polish!" –Apoorva

Get it from Amazon for $10. Available in 131 colors.

10. Mail polish that can literally glow in the dark. I don't know what's cooler. I wouldn't compete in a game of laser tag with this on, though.

11. A satin polish that is almost as dark as your soul. Charcoal is close enough.

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Promising Review: "I love this nail polish! The color is beautiful and perfect with two coats. It dries quickly, and the best part is there were no bubbles or bumps once it dried! I always have that problem when I do my own nails, so the satin finish is perfect for me. Flawless!" –AshleyA

Get it from Julep for $14.

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12. Rainbow polish. Easter eggs have never looked as cute as your nails will with this on, trust me.

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Promising Review: "This nail polish is a great addition to my collection. It is a happy summer color, and very easy to apply, even if you are not a manicure master. The colorful dots make my nails look like candies. I stopped counting compliments!" –Stacey M

Get it from Amazon for $9.25+

13. A minty fresh polish that has a soft-focus formula for a stimulating burst of color for your nails.

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Promising Review: "I usually stick to reds with a gel or matte finish, but have been attempting to step out of my comfort zone and be festive. This mint color is pretty true to color, and it has a beautiful texture and finish. How perfect!" –brownsgal33

Get it from Julep for $14.

14. Some high-end Dior polish with vibrant color to show everyone that you're fancy af.

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Promising Review: "This polish is wonderful! It has a wide brush that makes application so easy. It goes on without streaking, and covers well. I had pretty much given up on home manicures because other polishes are always a disaster requiring tons of cleanup. This polish goes on perfectly the first time and lasts without chipping for several days." –leeinnj

Get it from Sephora for $27. Available in 13 colors.

15. A pack of metallic polish—every sleepover isn't complete without a proper manicure session, and this has more than enough for everyone to mix and match.

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Promising Review: "I had an epiphany after using this product for the first time: I have NEVER respected nail polish until now. I love intense jewel tones, and have always subconsciously resented having to apply multiple coats to get it. This is seriously the kind of nail polish I dreamed about having as a little girl. It is so opulent looking with so little hassle. I'm the type to change polish frequently, so I will probably never know how long it wears, but the color is spectacular and OPAQUE with a single coat. It also dries fast. No wimpy translucent, two-coat cop-outs in this box!" –Sandwitch

Get them from Amazon for $10.15.

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16. This goldenrod dahlia polish, if you need a little brightness in your life. It can give your fingers some warmth that only the color of the sun can provide -- with a shimmer finish for extra shine.

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Promising Review: "I normally hate yellow and gold – it just doesn't look good on me. But this color is just so beautiful. The pictures do not do it any justice. It looks great in a single coat; it's sheer and shimmery, but with a second coat you end up with this beautiful, rich color that is just so perfectly autumn!" –MarshmellowFluff

Get it from Julep for $14.

17. A bright red nail polish to set off your edgy look. It even comes in a miniature whiskey bottle. Cute.

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Promising Review: "The bottle itself is so unique and pretty, the polish is very easy to apply, and the brush is great. I got the color "Tickle My Fancy," and it is very pretty on my nails." –sofizzle

Get it from Sephora for $20. Available in 11 colors.

18. Plum polish with a shimmer finish that won't make your finger tips look pruney af, I promise.

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Promising Review: "I'm a huge fan of purple polishes, but not always such a lover of shimmery options, which can feel like I'm wearing tiny disco balls on my fingertips. Aubrey is SO beautiful, and totally blew me away. If you love purple, get this polish. It is understated and gorgeous, and the shimmer is luxe without making you feel like you're trying too hard." –magnolia925

Get it from Julep for $14.

19. Marc Jacobs' nail polish—it's extremely shiny, chip resistant, and should last you for weeks even if you and polish just don't get along.

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Promising Review: "Just bought this nail polish and I am astonished by its quality! The pigment is so rich that one coat looks like a hundred! It is now my absolute favorite! Looking forward to collecting all the colors!" –valeroiii

Get it from Sephora for $18. Available in 23 colors.

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20. Sparkly, holographic nail polish that has adorable red hearts to spread some love.

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Promising Review: "I got this nail polish recently, and it's adorable. It looks great over color, or by itself. The glitter and hearts look a bit like outer space!" –Lizzyann

Get it from Julep for $14.

21. Classic purple polish that Queen Elizabeth would wear because it's the color of royalty. Get it?

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Promising Review: "I am so happy to finally try Hazel, I feel that wild violet color is truly eye catching. An absolutely beautiful color!" –LyssaLeigh

Get it from Julep for $14.

22. Bold red polish because red will always be a classic, no matter what your mother says, especially if they're metallic and matte. The best of both worlds!

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Promising Review: "This is my all-time favorite Julep polish. I have worn it multiple times, and have gotten so many compliments on it. I am in love with this polish. It is easy to put on and the matte finish is wonderful. It lasts for days even without a top coat." –dianabelle

Get it from Julep for $14.

23. Sally Hansen's salon manicure polish complete with a contoured brush to get the corners of your nail bed covered in super-pigmented color.

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Promising Review: "Love this formula! It's long-lasting, fast-drying, and offers precision application with the perfectly tapered brush -- which means no mess. This is the only color I have worn for the past three months, and the only polish I ever want to use again!" –harken

Get it from Amazon for $6.99. Available in 55 colors.

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24. This pretty metallic pink polish to give your nails enough room to breathe and grow with a five-free formula to add a little bit of shine in the light of day.

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Promising Review: "This polish is a super-sparkly, great all-year-round color. I love how it changes in different lights!" –HVMc

Get it from Julep for $14.

25. And paint splatter nail polish with so many different colors that it's just as original as you are.

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Promising Review: "I got this polish a long time ago and never expected to wear it. My closet consists of black and blue, and I never wear anything with much color. I tried it on months ago and was shocked by how understated, simple, but cute it is! It feels very light, stays on for a long time, and matches any outfit or look. I wear it so often now, I ordered a second!" –lili13

Get it from Julep for $14.

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