If you are new here, check out my favorite DIY manicure. That is my go-to for a long-lasting and quick mani! Otherwise, I prefer to use classic nail polish in timeless colors. This image was featured on PPF several years ago for readers looking for the best drugstore nail polish colors! I wanted to bring it forward and share these alternatives to the popular Essie shades!
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Best Drugstore Nail Polish
A few things that make these stand apart from other drugstore brands:
– Color: It is almost impossible to tell the difference between the Essie shade and the other brands.
– Reviews: These are reputable and iconic nail polish brands. Reviews great for each (Sally Hansen has some of my favorite polishes)
– Quick Dry Time: The quick dry options make life so much easier. If you are in a hurry, these dry very fast compared to other polishes.
Best Essie Shades
Here are some of the most flattering Essie colors and very similar shade you can find at most drugstores.
Essie Blanc // China Glaze White on White
Essie Fiji // Sally Hansen Tickled Pink
Essie Sound Check You Out // Sally Hansen Slick Slate
Essie Angora Cardi // Sally Hansen Mauve Over
Essie Flying Solo // Sally Hansen Peachy Breeze
Essie Not Red-y for Bed // Sinful Colors Go Go Girl
Budget Friendly Drugstore Top Coat
If you want to add another layer of protection to your base color, I recommend this instant dry topcoat. One of the best drugstore nail polish top coats out there, in my opinion. This is a secret weapon to making color last a bit longer! Regardless of nail polish brand, a top coat will give polish more longevity.