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        Editor’s Pick
        Editor's Pick Best Eco-Friendly Polish 2016

        RMS Beauty in Solar Eco-Friendly Polish

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2016

        RMS Beauty in Solar Eco-Friendly Polish

        “Pro Rose-Marie Swift’s polishes are inspired by hues in her line of natural makeup, like this gleaming bronze, which
        is vegan and cruelty-free.” — SELENE MILANO, SENIOR BEAUTY EDITOR

        20% off at rmsbeauty.com from 4/15 until 5/12; use code INSTYLE20

        $15
        Best Nail Polish for Fair Skin 2015

        Essie in Mademoiselle

        Best Nail Polish for Fair Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2009

        Essie in Mademoiselle

        An innocent wedding-day pink that, unlike your gown, you can wear every day. 

        $9
        Best Nail Polish for Medium-Dark Skin 2015

        OPI in Samoan Sand

        Best Nail Polish for Medium-Dark Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        OPI in Samoan Sand

        This milky nude pops against warm complexions.

        $10
        Best Nail Polish for Medium-Fair Skin 2015

        Sally Hansen in Royal Blush

        Best Nail Polish for Medium-Fair Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        Sally Hansen in Royal Blush

        The tiniest hint of vanilla takes kiddie-party pink to cocktail-party chic.

        $9
        Best Nail Polish for Dark Skin 2015

        Chanel in Particulière

        Best Nail Polish for Dark Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Chanel in Particulière

        Against the darkest skin, this elegant and creamy brown “elongates” nails. 

        $27
        Best Bright Nail Polish 2015

        Chanel Tapage

        Best Bright Nail Polish 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Chanel Tapage

        Dancing jauntily between cherry red and watermelon pink, this juicy hue looks ablaze on fingers and toes. “It’s fully opaque after two coats,” says Kandalec, who loves how flattering it is on almost anyone.

        $27
        Editor’s Pick
        Editor's Pick 2015

        Ciaté Geltox Starter Kit

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2015

        Ciaté Geltox Starter Kit

        Gel color options generally leave much to be desired. But this topcoat ups the ante, lending any polish the longevity of a gel. Paint as usual, sweep on the clear lacquer, then hold under the included LED for a minute. Chip-free tips last up to three weeks.

         

        $99
        Best Base Coat 2015

        CND Stickey

        Best Base Coat 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2013

        CND Stickey

        This sea green liquid goes on slightly tacky, which feels funny at first, but, well, stick with it. “The tackiness anchors the polish to the nail and also helps prevent staining,” says N.Y.C. manicurist Angel Williams.

        $9
        Best Red Nail Polish 2015

        Christian Louboutin Beauté Rouge Louboutin

        Best Red Nail Polish 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Christian Louboutin Beauté Rouge Louboutin

        It was a swipe of Christian Louboutin’s assistant’s firered nail polish that originally inspired his iconic red soles. Now his own signature crimson lacquer trumps every other red on the market. “If you can’t afford the shoes, this red looks just as sexy,” says N.Y.C. manicurist Elle. 

        $50
        Best Eco-Friendly Polish 2015

        Zoya

        Best Eco-Friendly Polish 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        Zoya

        The technical but important part: Each of the 300-plus shades is “five free,” meaning no toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, or camphor. Easier to grasp: “The colors are awesome and dry superfast,” says L.A. pro Melissa Bozant.

        $9
        Best Nail Polish for Dark Skin 2014

        Zoya in Dea

        Best Nail Polish for Dark Skin 2014
        WINNER 2014

        Zoya in Dea

        One pro compared this yummy lacquer to milk chocolate melted over nails

        Zoya

        $9
        Best 2014 Dark Nail Polish

        Azature Black Diamond

        Best 2014 Dark Nail Polish
        WINNER 2014

        Azature Black Diamond

        Each bottle contains certified black-diamond dust for light-reflecting bling. But there’s a deeper glossiness beyond the gimmick, as long as you lay it on thick. Says L.A. manicurist Melissa Bozant: "You need to use four to five layers, let it fully dry," and you’ll get the sexiest, richest black you’ve ever seen.

        $25
        Best At-Home Gel System 2015

        Red Carpet Manicure Pro Kit

        Best At-Home Gel System 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        Red Carpet Manicure Pro Kit

        Though long-lasting gels are the latest advancement in nail lacquers, applying them at home isn't the easiest feat. Says N.Y.C. manicurist Lisa Logan of using this foolproof LED dryer: "You just turn it on and turn it off. It's that simple." As for the color range, the shades are current and "true to what you see in the bottle."

        $80
        Best 2014 Neutral

        Chanel in Ballerina

        Best 2014 Neutral
        WINNER 2014

        Chanel in Ballerina

        An even softer pink than your old pointe shoes, it takes pale polish in a modern new direction.

        $27
        Best 2014 Bright Nail Polish

        Essie Butler Please

        Best 2014 Bright Nail Polish
        WINNER 2014

        Essie Butler Please

        The ultimate cool-girl accent, this bordering-on-neon blue (think cobalt, not Smurfette) will add an edginess to black-and-white outfits and a hipster pop to prints. "Consider it your favorite denim - for your hands," says L.A. nail pro April Foreman, who works with Jennifer Lawrence.

        $9
        Best 2014 Red Nail Polish

        Nars Dovima

        Best 2014 Red Nail Polish
        WINNER 2014

        Nars Dovima

        Named after the legendary 1950s supermodel, this glassy polish - equally appealing on fingers and toes - "is the ultimate true red," says N.Y.C. manicurist Dawn Sterling, who has used the shade on Alicia Keys. "It’s orange-based, so it flatters most skin tones from fair to dark," says Dallas manicurist Joanna Czech.

        $19
        Best 2014 Nail Strengthener

        OPI Nail Envy

        Best 2014 Nail Strengthener
        WINNER 2013

        OPI Nail Envy

        Like a protein shake for wimpy nails, this calcium-and-wheat-protein-packed potion repairs the damage that elaborate nail art may have done to your digits. N.Y.C. manicurist Ran Kowatari layers it on to protect nails "until they've had time to heal and strengthen."

        $17
        Best 2014 Base Coat

        Orly Bonder

        Best 2014 Base Coat
        WINNER 2014

        Orly Bonder

        Nothing makes us swear like a sailor more than nicking a nail before the polish is dry. This peachy-clear base has a rubberized, flexible texture that’s "like double-sided tape for nail polish," says N.Y.C. nail pro Julie Kandalec. "It’s very forgiving," says Connecticut pro Kris Kiss.

        $10
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