Best of Beauty 2022: Nails
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Best Quick Dry
Why it won: We don’t think twice about running our fingers through our hair minutes after applying Essie Expressie. We do, however, take a pause when it comes time to choose from the line’s 40-plus shades (our current favorite is Sk8 With Destiny, a bright lilac).
Olive & June
Why it won: Olive & June‘s formulas come with a wider-than-average brush that lets you coat your entire nail in one or two swipes.
Why it won: Jinsoon does fun toppers (like confetti-esque Dotty) just as well as classic shades (like fire engine red Vanity).
OPI Infinite Stone
Why it won: Nothing beats the gloss of OPI Infinite Shine. Its high-shine finish doesn’t dull over time.
Best Nail Strengthener
Sally Hansen Repair + Rescue Super Strength Defense
Why it won: Sally Hansen Repair + Rescue Super Strength Defense does for your nails what Pilates does for your muscles: leaves them stronger and more resilient. As a base coat, it keeps our brightest manis resplendent for days; on its own, the purple tint helps counteract yellow tones in our natural nails.
Best Topcoat (Matte)
UN/DN LAQR Nothing (Matte)rs Top Coat
Why it won: For a nail look that’s more matte but not totally flat, try UN/DN LAQR Nothing (Matte)rs Top Coat. (FWIW, it also looks cool when worn on its own.)
Best Topcoat (Shine)
CND Vinylux Long Wear Shine Top Coat
Why it won: Without a top coat, your manicure is basically an open-faced sandwich. Seal the deal with CND Vinylux Long Wear Shine Top Coat, which makes nails look freshly-painted long after you first apply it.
Best Cuticle Oil
Tenoverten The Rose Oil
Why it won: Tenoverten The Rose Oil squeezes more than six types of nourishing oils — rose flower, jojoba, argan, pomegranate, sweet almond, and hemp seed among them — into one slim tube that tucks easily into a clutch or desk drawer. The rollerball applicator ensures the lightweight formula goes exactly where you want it and nowhere you don’t.
Best Nail Polish Remover
Sundays Soy Polish Remover
Why it won: The bright side to a chipped manicure is that you now have an excuse to use Sundays Pr.01 Soy Polish Remover. It gets rid of every stitch of polish while hydrating cuticles with vitamins A, C, and E, plus grapefruit essential oil — which also makes this stuff smell downright delightful.
Best Press-On Nails
Why it won: Our team of keyboard-clacking writers puts press-on nails through their paces. With stick-on and glue-on options, Kiss makes some of the best: The Bare But Better collection looks so natural you might forget you’re wearing them.
Why it won: Static Nails scores high marks for longevity and reusability. With proper application and removal, nails can be reworn up to six times.
Olive & June The Press On System
Why it won: Olive & June takes home the prize for having the most inclusive size range as well as a wide selection of lengths ranging from extra short to long.
ManiMe The Swoop Mani
Why it won: ManiMe proves the future is now: Select a design, upload a photo of your nails on the brand’s website, and in a matter of days a set of custom-fit gel stickers will arrive at your door. If you’re overwhelmed by the hundreds of options, we suggest The Swoop, an asymmetrical take on a classic French mani.
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