As tempting as it is to choose a nail polish based on color or endearing shade name alone, if you’re after an Instagram-worthy paint job, there are so many other factors to consider. Yes, there’s the ever-overwhelming shade dilemma, but you’ll also want to think about a polish’s endurance, shine, application, and formula makeup. More and more, nail polish brands are upping their game in all the above departments, but we’re still nitpicky when it comes to perfecting our list of the best nail polish brands in the industry—the ones we swipe DIY-style at home or request in-salon at all of our favorite nail joints.
Since not all nail polish brands boast equal stature when it comes to quality, we decided to take stock of our own collection of bottles, in addition to the formulas we see the best celebrity manicurists use over and over on their A-list clientele. Ahead, the ultimate guide featuring 14 A+ brands that will never leave you or your tips in a bubbled, chipped, or quick-to-dull lurch. Keep scrolling!