Now Trending for Nails: No-Light Gel Polishes

Now Trending for Nails: No-Light Gel Polishes(Source: Nails Inc., L'Oreal Paris, Sally Hansen; Art by Tanya Leigh Washington)Lately, gel manicures have been getting all of the, ahem, limelight. But for those of you who love the look of gels but hate the price tag and time commitment, there's a new breed of no-light gel polishes to save the day. With a series of polish-meets-gel hybrids hitting the nail aisle, manicure lovers can now get the same qualities of their fave gels (super shiny, long wearing, fast drying, etc) but with the promise of easy removal for quick changes. Check out several of the big brands who have ventured into the no UV-light territory.

CoverGirl XL Nail Gel, $7, at
Now Trending for Nails: No-Light Gel PolishesCoverGirl XL Nail Gel in Overblown Orange (Source: is getting in on the gel trend, sans UV light. This new formula promises that just one coat provides all of the shine and intense color you want from a gel, and lasts for up to seven days.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish, $8, at Target
Now Trending for Nails: No-Light Gel PolishesSally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Spice Age (Source: Target)This formula from Sally Hansen doesn't requite a base coat but does need curing with one coat of the Miracle Gel Top Coat ($10) in order to last up to 14 days.

L'Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacquer 1-2-3 Nail Color, $8, at Ulta
Now Trending for Nails: No-Light Gel Polishes
L'Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacquer in Meant to Be (Source: Ulta)L'Oréal boasts a polish that is fade- and chip-free for up to 14 days, thanks to a unique smoothing primer and protecting lacquer topcoat. 

Nails Inc. Gel Effect Polish, $14, at Sephora
Now Trending for Nails: No-Light Gel PolishesNails Inc. Gel Effect Polish in Soho Place (Source: Sephora)Gel Effect is formulated with plasticiser technology and boasts the same plumping effects as a salon gel manicure. But you never even have to leave your own home.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel, $8, at
Now Trending for Nails: No-Light Gel PolishesRevlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in Pocket Aces (Source: only does this formula last up to 11 days, but it comes in 30 shades. Plus, the wide-angle brush applicator is designed to wrap around nails and coat tips to avoid bubbles.
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