Like carrying a designer handbag, there's just something about a fresh manicure or a sleek pedicure that makes you walk taller. It's a small luxury that goes a long way in making you feel more confident, which is precisely why nail appointments are so in-demand. However, after salons were forced to shut for so long, those of us who'd become accustomed to polished talons had no option but to take matters into our own hands, spending hours trying to re-create our favourite nail treatments at home.
Unsurprisingly, varnish sales have soared over the last 12 months, and painting our nails has become something of a cathartic pastime. Although our efforts cannot and will never compare to that of a professional, what we have discovered over the past year is that not all nail polish brands are created equal. Having inadvertently tried just about every nail polish brand out there between us, we've come to realise that some formulations really are superior, higher price points don't always mean better quality, and chipping shouldn't come standard. As always, we like to keep things positive, so instead of giving space to the brands that didn't live up to our expectations, we're spotlighting the brands that surpassed them.
From covetable designer bottles to affordable favourites you can pick up on your next pharmacy run, scroll below to discover the best nail polish brands.