Best Nail Polish

At ORLY, we have a wide range of the best nail polish. There’s something for everyone.

All of our nail polish is cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny certified, vegan, and made without any harmful chemicals. So if you’re young, old, vegan, an expert, or a beginner, we have a nail polish for you.

Today we will be reviewing some of our best nail polishes so that we can help you find the perfect one to fit your needs. 

We will also be answering some frequently asked questions, so you can get even more of an idea of what our nail polish is about and why it is so great.

The Best Nail Polish

ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color (Best Overall)

The ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color range is definitely our best overall nail polish range. 

This range comes in a variety of different colors to suit everyone’s taste in color. It is also very affordable, coming in at $9.99 per bottle.

We say that the ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color range is our best overall nail polish for several reasons.

Firstly, it is a 1-step process and doesn’t require a base coat or a top coat. 

The coat of nail polish you apply is much thinner than usual. This allows your nails to breathe while the nail polish is on and also helps to avoid any clumping and stickiness that can easily occur when multiple layers of nail polish need to be applied. 

Not only does the breathable formula allow for thinner coats to be applied, but it also helps to prevent peeling and chipping of the nail polish, allowing for a much longer-lasting manicure.

One of our favorite things about the ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color range, and the thing that classifies it as the best overall nail polish range, is that all polishes in this range are infused with Argan Oil, Vitamin C, and pro-Vitamin B5.

This means that the nail polish is nourishing your nails while it is on them, which is a huge bonus.

Why It’s Great

  • Prevents chipping and peeling 
  • Infused with Argan Oil, Vitamin C, and pro-Vitamin B5
  • Ensures a long-lasting manicure
  • Doesn’t need a base or top coat

Who It’s Right For

  • Anyone who paints their nails
  • People who don’t like gel nail polish
  • Those looking for a combo nail polish and treatment

Cake Pop (Best Color For Pale Skin)

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According to experts, the best nail polish color for pale skin is a pale, light pink. This is because of the blue and pink undertones found in pale skin. 

Since light, pastel colors are more flattering for pale skin, Cake Pop would work best for you if you have pale skin.

Although the color looks almost lavender in the bottle, it comes out as a baby pink when painted onto your nails. We would best describe it as a white-pink creme color.

A bottle of Cake Pop costs $9.50 and is definitely worth the purchase. Not only will it be flattering for your pale skin tone, but it is also exceptionally good quality, and will make your nail polish last very long. 

Why It’s Great

  • Flattering shade for pale skin
  • Easy application 
  • Extends the length that your nail polish lasts

Who It’s Right For

  • People who have a pale skin tone
  • Anyone who likes neutral nail polish colors

Beach Cruise (Best Color For Dark Skin)

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If you have dark skin, we recommend that you avoid colors like brown and white. Instead, use bold, bring colors that will enrich your skin tone.

For this reason, bright pinks, reds, yellows, and cobalt blues are some of the best nail polish colors for dark skin

This is why we have chosen ORLY’s Beach Cruise fluorescent pink creme color as our best pick for people with darker skin. 

The Beach Cruise shade is bright, fun, and contrasts exceptionally well against deep toned skin. 

The cost per bottle is a reasonable $9.50 and is a great option if you’re looking for something that compliments your skin tone, but also adds a bit of flair to your look.

Why It’s Great

  • Very good for dark skin tones
  • Long-lasting nail polish
  • Beautifully fun color

Who It’s Right For

  • People with darker skin tones
  • People who are looking for a fun, bright nail color

Oh Snap (Best for Enhancing a Tan)

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If you’re wondering “What color nail polish makes you look tan?”, then we are here to help. 

The answer to this is quite broad because of how many different shades of neutrals there are out there. But basically, any shade that is lighter than what your tan is will help to make it pop. 

This being said, some of the most popular colors to show off your tan are golds, neons, and coral colors. This is because they pick up on, and enhance, the warm tones that are found in your skin.

For these reasons, one of our favorite colors to enhance a tan is our Oh Snap nail polish. This shade is a neon yellow color, and will really magnify your golden tan. 

This is also a very fun color for summer and will be perfect for the tanning season.

Why It’s Great

  • It can enhance your tan
  • It is a fun color for summer
  • It is long-lasting

Who It’s Right For

  • People who want to enhance their tan
  • People looking to try something bright and different
  • People who love the color yellow

Hot Pursuit (Best Color for Mature Hands)

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Our Hot Pursuit nail polish is the best nail polish color for mature hands.

Experts have said that peach or orange-based nail polishes work best for mature hands. Polishes that have orange undertones, such as reds or corals, draw attention to warm aspects to any skin tone. 

Hot Pursuit is a bright red coral creme color, which, for the reasons listed above, makes it perfect for mature women.

This shade will draw attention to the warm tones in your skin, making your hands look beautiful.

Why It’s Great

  • Good shade for mature people
  • Long lasting
  • Enhances the warmth in your skin tone
  • Prevents chipping

Who It’s Right For

  • Mature people who want their hands to look great
  • Fans of reds and oranges

ORLY’s Lacquer Nail Polish Range (Best Budget)

Any of the entries in our Laquer Nail Polish range is the best nail polish for if you’re on a budget. These bottles come in at $9.50 per bottle. There are often also sales on our website, which makes the product even more budget-friendly.

But, don’t let the low price fool you. Even though the nail polish is a very good price, the quality is still exceptional. We don’t compromise on value at all.

The Lacquer range is a professional quality that uses 20% more lacquer than other types of nail polish. It is packed with pigmentation, meaning that you have to paint fewer coats to achieve a beautiful, well-colored look.

Why It’s Great

  • Very affordable price for good quality nail polish 
  • Fewer coats are needed 

Who It’s Right For

  • People looking for a good quality nail polish 

Country Club Khaki (Best Color for Short Nails)

There are a lot of different colors that are very well suited for short nails, but it seems like the most popular and best nail polish color for short nails is a pastel pink or nude color, such as our Country Club Khaki color.

This color comes out as a warm, nude creme color and is very chic. This color provides short nails with an elegance they lack due to their length. 

The nice thing about this nude color is that it can match any outfit you choose and is suitable for all types of occasions. 

A bottle of Country Club Khaki costs $9.50, so it is a very affordable option for the quality that you get.

Why It’s Great

  • A good color for short nails
  • Chic and versatile
  • A classy color that can be worn to all events

Who It’s Right For

  • People with short and long nails
  • People who want versatility in their nail color

No-Cleanse Gel Top Coat (Best Top Coat for Gel Nails)

The No-Cleanse Gel Top Coat is the best top coat of this range for gel nails. This top coat has to be used with a UV/LED lamp as it is made for gel manicures. But when it cures, it cures without any tacky residue.

This top coat nail polish ensures shine and protection and is best paired with chrome nail polish applications. 

The No-Cleanse Gel Top Coat can be found for $18 per bottle.

Why It’s Great

  • Adds shine
  • Makes your gel manicure last longer
  • Protects the gel polish from chipping and peeling off

Who It’s Right For

  • People who want to protect their gel nail polish
  • People who want to add extra shine onto their gel manicure

ORLY’s Gel Nail Colors (fest For Working Hands)

The best nail polish for working hands is any of ORLY’s gel nail polish colors.

The reason for this is that gel nails last longer, and they are less likely to crack. So for a lady who works with their hands often, you need to have a durable form of nail polish that won’t chip and crack after the first few days.

Our gel nail color range is easy to apply. It doesn’t clump easily or look too thick. They do have to be cured under a UV/LED lamp, like all gell nail polish, but luckily we also sell these. You can get everything you need from us.

One thing to keep in mind is the color you choose. The color of gel nail polish you choose should reflect you. If you have a corporate job, you may want to choose something more subdued. However, if you have the flexibility, a fun and bright color is a good way to go.

Why It’s Great

  • Gel lasts long
  • Won’t chip easily
  • Looks very professional and appealing

Who It’s Right For

  • People who use their hands a lot
  • Anyone who wants their manicures to last long

Best Nail Polish (FAQ)

Can I Do A Gel Manicure At Home?

Yes, you definitely can. You just need to make sure that you have the right equipment.

All this equipment can be found on our website, such as UV/LED lamps, complete gel kits, as well as all the tools to remove gel nails by yourself.

Why Is It Beneficial To Have More Lacquer In Nail Polish?

Lacquer acts almost like a varnish. Because it is thicker, it helps protect your nails even more and acts as a sealer. This prevents the nail polish from chipping and peeling away.

Lacquer also helps to strengthen your nails. So, if you are someone who has brittle nails, it is beneficial as it makes them harder and stronger.


At ORLY, we offer an impeccable range of some of the best nail polishes on the market. All of the nail polishes we have spoken about are brilliant choices and have certain quirks that make them suitable for different needs.

Hopefully, we have helped you understand why these are some of the best nail polishes, and find the right one to suit you. 

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