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Nail polish is such a simple way to enhance your wardrobe (and we love simple…and cheap). However, we all hate the chips (really, who has time to change their nail polish everyday)? One way to help your polish last is to wear cleaning gloves when you do the dishes. That soapy water seems to make nail polish chip instantly, so wearing gloves definitely helps. You could also make your husband or partner do the dishes (we like that idea).
Although you could easily spend upwards of $10 on polish, there are also many affordable options in the $5 range and under. We love a good deal, so below we’ve compiled our favorite budget nail polishes.
Best Nail Polish Under $5
1. Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color
Why It’s Awesome: Wet n Wild is the most inexpensive polish on our list, but it doesn’t disappoint! They have tons of cute colors and you only need two coats to make it shine (unlike other inexpensive polishes that seem to require at least three)!
Where to get it: $1.29 at local drugstores
2. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color
Why It’s Awesome: One challenge with nail polish is the dry time. We are always rushing to one appointment or the next, and sitting in your living room waiting for polish to dry isn’t always an option. Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri is quick and affordable, great for busy women like yourself.
Where to Get it: $4 at Wal-Mart or your local drugstore
3. Pure Ice Nail Polish
Why It’s Awesome: Pure Ice nail polish has so many unique colors from pink to blue to brown. They typically have an amazing sheen to them and can look different under various lighting. Keep your eyes peeled for bundle packages. Sometimes retailers sell this brand as a set where you can get up to ten different colors for around $2 apiece if you buy them all.
Where to Get it: Approximately $2-$5 at Wal-Mart
4. American Apparel Neon Nail Lacquer
Why It’s Awesome: This polish from American Apparel is for those of you that love being fashion- forward. It comes in multiple bright neon colors, and the reviews on their website claim that it’s long lasting and amazing on.
Where to Get It: $6 at American Apparel
5. OPI Nail Lacquer
Why It’s Awesome: At around $8, OPI nail polish is a bit of a splurge. However, it’s the longest lasting nail polish I’ve ever tried. Because of that, the cost-per-wear is quite good and can actually save you money in the end. Plus, they always have unique names for their colors, which are always fun to read (I wore Wild Wild West Berry for the longest time)!
Where to Get it: Approximately $8 at beauty supply stores, Amazon.com, and local salons