The Best Nail Polish and Nail-Care Products of 2023

Whether you're doing an at-home mani or hitting up the salon, these are the brands you want at hand.

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Let's be honest here: There are few things in life that feel as good as a fresh mani or pedi. But when we all took to our homes a couple years ago, we started paying a lot more attention to our at-home nail care — and finally, the industry has taken note. Press-ons went viral, gel became truly a DIY experience, and the regular paints and polishes continued to release new colors and formulas to step up their game (and yours!).

Year after year, InStyle gathers with industry pros to test and nail down (no pun intended) the top products on the market, and of course, this year's Best Beauty Buys is no different.

Whether you're shopping for your own at-home mani or back on your weekly-salon routine, we're here to prep you with the products that will give you the gorgeous, lasting manicure you crave.

From the best top coats and polishes for every season, to the nourishing remover that will take it all off without damaging your nails, here's the best in nail care.

Polish and Nail Extensions

Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle

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Winning Category: Neutral Nail Polish

This universal shade of pink looks pretty on all skin tones.

Price at time of publish: $10

Pleasing The Perfect Polish Set

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Winning Category: New Brand

Harry Style's line of polish is perfect for nearly every occasion. But if you can't pick just one shade, go for The Perfect Set.

Price at time of publish: $65

Gucci Vernis à Ongles

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Winning Cateogy: Packaging & Design

Ever met a polish that was as pretty as its packaging? If the answer is no, let us introduce you to this gem from Gucci.

Price at time of publish: $33

OPI Nail Lacquer in Espresso Your Inner Self

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Winning Category: Polish for Fall

While we're not quite into fall just yet, preparation is the key to success. So go ahead and grab this chocolate brown shade.

Price at time of publish: $12

OPI Nail Lacquer in Big Apple Red

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Winning Category: Red Nail Polish

You can never go wrong with a classic red. And OPI's Big Apple Red is truly as good as it gets.

Price at time of publish: $12

SECHE Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat

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Winning Category: Top Coat

Expect a longwear, ultra-shiny finish whenever you use this expert-approved top coat.

Price at time of publish: $10

Essie Nail Polish in Lilacism

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Winning Category: Polish for Spring

Is there really any other color that makes you think of spring the way lilac does? This classic and universal shade works for everyone.

Price at time of publish: $9

OPI Infinite Shine 2 Nail Lacquer in Strawberry Margarita

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Winning Category: Polish for Summer

With summer almost in full swing, give your fingers and/or toes a pop of color.

Price at time of publish: $13

CHANEL Le Vernis in Rouge Brun

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Winning Category: Polish for Winter

This oxblood color is exactly our vibe in the winter months.

Price at time of publish: $30

Chillhouse Chill Tips

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Winning Category: Press-On Nails

Want a gorgeous mani, but don't have gorgeous mani time? Opt for Chillhouse's Chill Tips press-ons instead.

Price at time of publish: $16

CND Gel Basic Kit

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Winning Category: At-Home Gel Nail Polish Kit

Gel manicures are a solid option, seeing as they typically last 14 days chip-free. And now, you can enjoy all the perks of the once salon-only service right at home.

Price at time of publish: $223

Orly Bonder Rubberized Base Coat

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Winning Category: Base Coat

Start your mani or pedi off right with Orly's fan-favorite Rubberized Base Coat. Once applied, wait for it to dry matte — then you'll know you're ready to go.

Price at time of publish: $11

Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in Empire State Nightcap

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Winning Category: Dark Nail Polish

Looking for a vampy mani? Smith & Cult has you covered with Empire State Nightcap.

Price at time of publish: $18

Aprés Nail Gel-X Nail Extension Kit

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Winning Category: Most Innovative

Apres Nails have become the go-to option for extensions over the past few years as they give a long-lasting natural finish. Trust us, no one will ever be able to tell you have on extensions.

Price at time of publish: $100

Nail, Hand, and Cuticle Care

Augustinus Bader The Hand Treatment

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Winning Category: Hand Cream

Once you've wrapped your mani, slather your hands in this luxurious hand cream, complete with the brand's trademark TFC8 complex.

Price at time of publish: $53

Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover

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Winning Category: MVP

Gently remove dead skin around the cuticles and edges of the nails with this exfoliating treatment.

Price at time of publish: from $20 for 0.5 oz

Olive & June Cuticle Serum

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Winning Category: Cuticle Oil

Dry cuticles are no match for this cult-favorite oil. To use, simply apply directly to the base of your nails. No dripping and no mess.

Price at time of publish: $16

Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover

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Winning Category: Nail Polish Remover

This three-in-one remover helps to prep, get rid of polish, and clean nail beds, all while keeping the nails hydrated.

Price at time of publish: $12

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