The top performer in their tests was Sinful Colors, a brand that’s available at your neighborhood discount or drug store. The polish itself costs just $2, and a full Sinful Colors set including base coat and top coat costs $10.
If you want to spend almost eight times that much and get a much worse product, maybe Chanel’s Le Vernis (English: “The Polish”) is for you. When comparing products objectively, testers found that the polish chipped on the first day. (Note: initially we said that Chanel was also exceptionally smelly, but that was another polish, Nutra Nail.)
CND, a brand available online and in nail salons, also performed well in the tests. The top choice among polishes with one-step application was Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure. Despite the name, it does not include a professional manicurist in the bottle. They checked.
A $2 Sinful Colors polish beat a $27 Chanel in Consumer Reports’ tests [Consumer Reports]