The 5 Nail Polish Brands We’re Loving Right Now

Top picks for your fingertips!

 

(SPOT.ph) There’s a pleasant thrill that comes with changing your nail polish shade: It’s exhilarating but also cathartic—like you’re a brand-new person all because of a little nail-grooming and a simple shade switch. But just when you thought you’ve tried everything, here come new innovations, new colors, new trends. We’ve rounded up some of our top polish picks that we think are worth your time.

 

 

Solique x Agoo Gel Polish (P180/each) from Girl Stuff

Why we love it: It’s guilt-free gel.

 

If you’re addicted to the long-wearing power of gel polish, this line lets you indulge minus the guilt! Apart from being UV-free (no UV or LED lamps needed), this ultra-gentle formula comes without the five harmful chemicals normally found in polishes (formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, and formaldehyde-resins) but can still last for up to two weeks, like most UV-cured gels. The best part: This latest collection—a collab with beauty expert Agoo Bengzon—features the chicest shades: Posse (dark blue), Smitten (magenta) and Cloud (Lilac).

 

 

Happy Skin Express Gel Polish 2-in-1 Base + Color (P249/each) from Happy Skin

Why we love it: It’s express gel polish.

 

Another gel line that does away with UV curing ('cause y’all know how UV exposure is bad), Happy Skin’s polish offerings are super fast to apply—and dry!

 

The actual polish comes with a built-in base so there’s no need for a separate product, while the rounded fan-type brush makes color application a breeze. Bonus: The colors are infused with hydrolized keratin to strengthen nails and almond oil to nourish and condition. It's available in five regular shades and two bridal shades.

 

 

Gelish Dip (P450/service) from Beauty & Butter Nail Lounge

Why we love it: It’s the toughest gel we’ve tried so far. (Plus, dipping is fun!)

 

Warning: Prepare to be addicted. This new nail system replaces the traditional gel formula with a powdered pigment, so you simply dip your fingers in a pot of acrylic powder, then seal in the color with a specialized top coat for a super strong, chip-resistant finish. It’s very safe—even for pregnant women—and does away with the UV lamps, too. The caveat: You have to go back to the salon to have it removed, but the soak-off process is pretty quick. P.S. Gelish Dip comes in a whopping 120 colors that are available in a mix of crèmes, glitters, shimmers, and metallics!

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Breathable Treatment + Color (P495) from Orly

Why we love it: It’s a double-duty—color and treatment.

 

Are your nails dry, brittle, or stained but you just can’t lay off the color? This vegan polish line is perfect for you. Featuring advanced oxygen technology, Orly’s latest release allows your nails to breathe and heal—even if it’s under a layer of gorgeous color. Think of it as a healing polish: Each of the 18 pretty shades contain a blend of argan oil, Pro Vitamin B5, and vitamin C, all of which work to promote healthier, stronger nails. No base coat and top coat needed; just two coats and you’re good to go!

 

Available at Purebeauty, Landmark, and Watsons stores

 

 

Zoya Naked Manicure Base and Seal (P600/each, Perfectors, P500/each) from Beauty and Butter

Why we love it: It’s like “no-makeup makeup” for nails.

 

Non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free, this polish line with a conscience is a treat for those with problematic nails—especially from prolonged polish use! Dubbed as a “nail rejuvenating system,” it provides instant cosmetic correction by neutralizing discoloration, refining surfaces, and perfecting edges, while also improving your nail’s health over time with its many vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, vitamin B5, and a protein complex. The base and seal are clear, but the perfectors offer a sheer wash of color (with each shade addressing a specific nail problem) with a pretty, natural finish. 

 

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