From luxe to affordable, here are the 11 bestest & top nail polish brands in India, which you surely need to add to your polish collection. How many have you tried?
Painting nails is one of the most therapeutic activities for so many of us girls! They say, “girls don’t paint their nails to impress their guys, they do it for themselves.” And now, painting nails has become bigger than ever as a hobby.
With so many trendy nail polish types and art designs taking over the beauty community, nail lacquers are really stepping their game up to prevail in the fashion industry. Painting our nails has typically been a sideline entertainment for sisters and BFFs over a slumber party or gossip sessions. But now we want to paint our nails to mark every occasion – from first dates to breakups!
And we definitely take our nail games very seriously and expect to add a tiny dose of glamour to our everyday looks. Here’s a list of the top nail polish brands in India that every girl needs to try.
Top Nail Polish Brands in India: Have You Tried ’em All?
The Holy grail of nail lacquers had to make it to the top of our list of top nail polish brands. O.P.I. has a vast range of colors, being the trend-setters in trending nail polish colors. Plus, their nail polishes come with the thickest, most comfortable brush that applies the perfect coat in one go, which makes it Shilpa’s pick. Their basics like reds, nudes and pinks are must haves. You can also get their super-cool travel packs that have tiny bottles in assorted trendy colors, which are available at duty-free beauty shops at airports.
O.P.I. has two ranges of polishes – Nail Lacquer being their classic formulation, which stays comfortably on the nails for a week; and The Long Lasting nail polish. According to one of the reviewers, it’s “Not less than Gel Salon Manicures, quick dry and gel plump nail looks are what this cult beauty gives.” Additionally, it claims to be one of the longest wear nail polishes, lasting up to 11 days.
Price & Availability:
O.P.I. nail polishes range from ₹ 850 – 1100, and they are available at Sephora, certain salons, and online at Nykaa, Nnnow, Myntra and Amazon.
2. Sally Hansen
With a brand known exclusively for its nail paints, Sally Hansen is a great (more affordable) alternative to O.P.I. It provides your nails with a nearly salon-like manicure at home with just one swipe. With just three ranges, this brand is going strong, and it has so many shades to choose from.
The collection names are quite explanatory, each talking about their unique feature. The Miracle Gels being chip resistant, Hard As Nails Xtreme being fade resistant. Finally, the Complete Salon Manicure is the most long lasting one. In addition to it, this one is strengthened with keratin complex. Priced at 599/- it’s something you need to think about before investing for a single color.
Pricing & Availability:
Sally Hansen nail-polishes are priced between ₹ 125 – 660 per bottle, and you can buy them online at Nykaa, Big Basket, Myntra & Amazon.
3. Maybelline New York
Maybelline is a makeup favorite for college girls and young women all over India. This drugstore brand is easy on the pocket and doesn’t drop off on the quality. “It dries quickly and might require two coats,” and “a beautiful nail polish that lasts at least 5-6 days,” are what Amazon reviewers have to say about Maybelline.
The Color Stay range is more cost effective, being one of the least priced nail polishes to own in this list of top nail polish brands. It has a wide range of colors and textures to offer and is targeted at the college going crowd. Whereas Superstay is an exclusive range of nude shade polishes and is a tad bit pricier for its long lasting resin formula it claims to have. Other than these, Maybelline is also Shilpa’s go-to brand for gel top coat and matte finish coat.
Price and Availability:
Maybelline nail paints range between ₹ 75 – 300, and you can get them at Shoppers Stop, local grocery & beauty stores and online at Flipkart, Nykaa, Big Basket, Myntra, Amazon, and Maybelline’s website.
This bottle of luxury nail paint is a price you pay for the brand and also the quality of the nail polish. For luxury beauty lovers, Chanel is one of the top nail polish brands in India to go for. “I own no less than 65 Chanel nail lacquers, and for a good reason – they are quite simply amazing. They last on one’s nails, the colors are smashing, and they don’t chip on either your tips or toes,” is what an nail paint lover we asked had to say about these.
Check out their latest collections online at their website as their newest runway-inspired shades are what drugstore and even premium brands copy! Bioceramic and ceramides in Chanel nail lacquers also help with nail strengthening, in addition to being high shine, chip resistant and long lasting.
Pricing and Availability:
Chanel nail polish is priced at ₹2050 per bottle. You can purchase them exclusively at Chanel beauty stores at malls like Select Citywalk & DLF Promenade (New Delhi), Palladium (Mumbai), Phoenix Marketcity (Chennai).
The first thing you would notice once you get your hands on this product definitely has to be the luxurious packaging. Being one of the moderately priced product in this list of top nail polish brands, the packaging and formulation is quite top notch. Plus their new bottles are extremely cute and would look great in any nail bar.
Try their two ranges – Color Riche, which is the regular ol’ nail paint, and Infallible Gel Nail Paint, which is the gel-look and more expensive range. Enriched with a blend of oils, this nail lacquer claims to have intense color pigments. L’Oreal’s spokesperson also described their nail polishes to be “drip resistant and chip resistant for 14 days.” With a whooping rating of an average of 4.⅖ across online beauty stores, it looks like the brand does justice to its claims.
Price and Availability:
L’Oreal nailpaints are range between ₹299 – 499 each. You can purchase them in stores at Shoppers Stop, and online at L’Oreal’s website and other beauty websites like Nykaa, Amazon and Myntra.
This new online brand scooped up a ton of popularity real quick with their trendy launches. And now you can even find Nykaa nail paints at malls & beauty stores offline. Nykaa also put in a lot of effort in bringing out a few nail lacquer ranges.
The Cookie Crumble nail enamel is by far the most loved amongst all their ranges. They also have iridescent and mirror chrome collections. Their shades are always crowd pulling with the catchiest names such as unicorn potion and Frosted Fairy! Recently, they have launched a whole range in collab with Masaba Gupta. Also try their matte and gel polishes.
Reviews on Nykaa’s website are great so far, each shade averaging 4+ stars. “Great coverage even when single coat is applied,” and “It doesn’t make my nails turn yellow nor does it chap,” are what the lacquer lovers have to say there. “The color, the formulation, Oh my God! I am loving it.” Gah, quite tempting.
Pricing & Availability:
Nykaa nail polishes are priced between ₹ 135 – 245 each, and you can buy them online at Nykaa, Flipkart, Snapdeal & Amazon. You can also find them at local beauty stores.
Polishes priced a little over Rs.200, Revlon also makes it to most budget watchers’ vanity. This old brand is what we keep borrowing from our moms. With hundreds of shades, Revlon is a great fall-back option when it comes to finding the right shade for your dress and what not.
Revlon has high ratings on shopping websites and mostly positive reviews pouring in. The pros of this nail lacquer are that it is long-wear, non-color-fade and gives bubble-free coats for smooth tips. Furthermore, Revlon has so many unique shades that will definitely get your nails noticed!
Price and Availability:
Revlon nail polishes range from ₹ 180 – 330, and you can get them at Lifestyle stores, Shoppers Stop, local beauty stores and online at Amazon, Myntra, Flipkart and Nykaa.
This hot favorite French multinational brand entered India a few years ago, and has since become popular among the consumers here. Owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Sephora beauty products are worth a try for every fashionista. With reviewers loving the color pay off and the intensity, they are also saying, “good stay for around 5-6 days. Doesn’t chip easily.”
Their Colorhit nail polish range has matte, glossy and shimmery shades for every mood in pretty, egg-shaped bottles, from blacks to reds to nudes to pinks and blues. This range claims to be fast-drying and long lasting.
Pricing and Availability:
Sephora nail polishes are priced at ₹ 440 each, and you can buy them at Sephora stores in malls or online.
Being one of the luxury brands, its nail polishes surely deliver nothing but the best. Givenchy is very new to the Indian market, currently available only at select stores. This brand has a formulation of silicone-derived polymer that claims to provide intense, even color. Givenchy has color collections full of classics from reds to pinks.
If you’re looking for a top international brand and paraben-free paints, this one will be your cult polish. For skin-friendly beauty product fans, this is one of the top nail polish brands in India to go for, especially when it comes to creating your wedding beauty trousseau.
Pricing & Availability:
Givenchy nail polish ranges from ₹ 1900 – 2150, and you can get it at Sephora or online at Sephora’s website at Nnnow.
A good budget friendly nail paint brand is hard to find, but Lakme peaks that list of affordable, top nail polish brands in India. With several ranges like Gel Stylist, 9 – 5 Primer Matte and Shiny, True Wear nail color, Color Crush nail art, Lakme has a lot to offer.
The Indian beauty brand keeps its customers in vogue with its captivating colors and runway trends. It is almost a dupe for the O.P.I., but its popularity and price range makes it a go-to brand for many Indian women. Lakme nail polishes have a couple of drawback. One being that it is not as long lasting, and secondly, the thin brush makes application difficult and time-consuming. But for the price you pay, I’m sure that isn’t a problem!
Pricing, & Availability:
Lakme nail polishes range from ₹ 95 – 360, and you can get them at local grocery stores, makeup stores, Lifestyle, Shoppers Stop or online at Myntra, Purplle, Amazon, Nykaa, Big Basket, etc.
Another brand that is quite neck to neck with the Sally Hansen is Orly. This brand is also host to three ranges of polishes.This magic in a bottle is the only lacquer which is cruelty free. They also have a breathable polish to offer, so its now easier for Muslim girls to paint their nails. With their polishes ranging from ₹399-₹800, they provide a lot of benefits to the nails with Argan oil, vitamin B and vit C.
Price, & Availability:
Orly nail polishes range from ₹ 400 – 1270, and you can get them at local makeup stores, or online at Amazon, Nykaa, Myntra, Flipkart, etc.
So these were the top nail polish brands in India that are above par than any others. Other than these 11 brands, there are so many others to consider like Faces, NY Bae, Colorbar, Purplle, Lotus, Elle 18, etc. that are in the mid to low tier range and we didn’t include them for their quality or application is lacking. If you feel any other brand should be on this list, please let us know below!
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Shazia Bargathullah is a regular freelance writer at ShilpaAhuja.com. She is also a fashion design graduate from iNIFD. Her journey started with a keen visual eye, an interest in styling and a passion for design. She has an expertise in modest fashion and writes about makeup tips, beauty trends and runway-inspired fashion ideas. She is also the author of the blog Devil Wears Parda. For comments and feedback, please email [email protected]