10 Nail Polish Shades We’re Obsessed With Right Now—For Under $10

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Considering how quickly most manicures chip, it can be really hard to justify dropping a ton of cash on a pricey designer lacquer (we’re looking at you, Christian Louboutin). And unless you’re loyal to a signature color, this pricey practice is unsustainable for anyone looking to switch up their nail game at home on a regular basis. Luckily, cheap nail polish doesn’t have to mean poor quality—we found ten brands whose long-lasting polishes ring in under $10, so you can buy multiple colors (starting with our preferred picks) without going broke.

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essie 10 Nail Polish Shades Were Obsessed With Right Now—For Under $10Louboutin’s Rouge polish will set you back $50, but you can get that rich color for a lot less. At only $8.50, essie’s Really Red is not only a dead ringer, it’s a must-buy. (essie in Really Red, $8.50, essie.com)

sally hansen insta dry 10 Nail Polish Shades Were Obsessed With Right Now—For Under $10

Waiting for a manicure to dry always feels like an eternity, even if it’s only 10 minutes. You can cut down on that anguish with Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dry formula, which promises to set in 60 seconds flat. Even better: all 36 shades, including this summery orange, are just $4 a pop. (Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Polish in Orange Zest, $4, target.com)

wet n wild 10 Nail Polish Shades Were Obsessed With Right Now—For Under $10Wet n’ Wild polish has forever been a part of our drugstore beauty hauls. The formula dries super glossy, giving you that high-shine finish you leave the salon with. The Wild Shine line boasts more than 40 colors, including this bright yellow that costs less than a cup of coffee. (Wet N’ Wild Wild Shine Nail in D’Oh, 99¢, walgreens.com)

revlon colorstay 10 Nail Polish Shades Were Obsessed With Right Now—For Under $10

Getting regular gel manicures is the quickest way to leave a major dent in your bank account, but you don’t have to head to the salon for similar long-lasting results. Revlon’s formula, which comes in 30 shades, has the enduring strength of a gel mani, but you can do it yourself for less than a Benjamin at home. (Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Polish in Hot Hand, $8, ulta.com)

hard candy 10 Nail Polish Shades Were Obsessed With Right Now—For Under $10 Your favorite ’90s polish is still kicking! It comes in just about every hue you can imagine, and the brand even formulated a dazzling collection of glitter options with names like Fairy Ball and Bridal Party that are too fun to pass up. (Hard Candy Crystal Confetti Nail Polish in Bridal Party, $4, walmart.com)

zoya 10 Nail Polish Shades Were Obsessed With Right Now—For Under $10If you’re on the hunt for a non-toxic nail polish that’s also inexpensive, look no further than Zoya. It makes the Big 5-free cut and comes in incredible iridescent finishes and mermaid-y colors. (Zoya Nail Polish in Oceane, $9, zoya.com)

china glaze 10 Nail Polish Shades Were Obsessed With Right Now—For Under $10This is another famously affordable and accessible brand that delivers of-the-moment colors. It’s a solid option if you’re weary of a trend and don’t want to spend a ton of cash to road test it. (China Glaze Nail Polish in Highlight of My Summer, $5.50, walmart.com)

loreal 10 Nail Polish Shades Were Obsessed With Right Now—For Under $10L’Oreal Paris Nail Color is always coming out with robust collections of pretty new shades—and they’re always affordable. The Colour Riche Trendsetter series, which features this purple hue, has been a staple in our summer lineup. (L’Oreal Paris Nail Color in Royalty Reinvited, $4, walmart.com)

milani 10 Nail Polish Shades Were Obsessed With Right Now—For Under $10Don’t let the drugstore price-tag fool you: Milani has been one of our go-to nail polish brands for years, and it applies—and dries—super smooth and shiny. (Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer in Ink Spot, $3, drugstore.com)

opi 10 Nail Polish Shades Were Obsessed With Right Now—For Under $10Yes, even your beloved O.P.I. Classic Nail Lacquer hits within budget—including the brand’s major celebrity collabs. While the new flashy colors totally intrigue us, it’s also one of our favorite brands for basics like this pretty nude-pink. (O.P.I Nail Lacquer in Coney Island Cotton Candy, $9, drugstore.com)

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