Like a gorgeous necklace and killer scarf, your nail colour is a key accessory. But here’s the thing: Driving all the way to a salon to have a rejuvenating mani-pedi is (A) pricey and (B) time-consuming. 

That’s why I have made it a personal mission to look for the best nail polish brands in India — the ones that give you vibrant pigments and, most importantly, a perfect glossy finish in one glide.

Fact: In Ancient Egypt, people who applied nail polish signified their class or status — the lower class wore either light, nude, or light colours and the elite preferred dark red shades. While Queen Nefertiti painted her nails with bright ruby colours, Cleopatra dyed her fingertips with henna plant juice. 

(Source: Wikipedia)

10 Best Nail Polish Brands in India of All Damn Time

Think your standards are high? Or can that one nail lacquer really do it all? I’ve tried and tested a lot of them just to weed out the not-so-good ones from the real gems. So, here are 10 top-rated nail polishes in India of all time.

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Maybelline Matte Nail Polish

  • Quantity: 6 ml 

  • Shade: Peppy Pink

  • Frosted bottle packaging

  • Long lasting & vibrant

O.P.I Bubble Bath Nail Lacquer

  • Quantity: 15 ml 

  • Shade: Sweet Candy Pink

  • Glossy & sheer finish

  • Long-lasting, summery shade

 Lakme Colour Crush Nail Art

  • Quantity: 6 ml 

  • Shade: Unicorn

  • Shimmery matte finish

  • Affordable & unique 

Chambor Gel Effect Nail Polish

  • Quantity: 10 ml 

  • Shade: Brown - No: 351

  • Very glossy

  • Precision brush

Coat Me Bonjour Paris Nail Polish

  • Quantity: 9 ml 

  • Shade: Peach Serene

  • Complete coverage

  • Lasts 6-8 days

Essie Bahama Mama Nail Polish

  • Quantity: 13.5 ml 

  • Shade: Deep Plum

  • Chemical-free

  • Unique colours

DeBelle Gel-based Nude Nail Polish

  • Quantity: 8 ml 

  • Shade: Peony Blossom

  • Chemical-free

  • Long-lasting

Nykaa Pastel Matte-Finish Nail Polish

  • Quantity: 9 ml 

  • Shade: Pomegran-ita (No: 47)

  • Chemical-free

  • Cruelty-free

Sugar Cosmetics Tip-Tac-Toe Nail Lacquer

  • Quantity: 10 ml 

  • Shade: Brown Nude (No: 011)

  • Chemical-free

  • UV colour protection

House of Makeup Gel Nail Polish

  • Quantity: 12 ml 

  • Shade: Saucy Blackcurrant

  • Vegan & cruelty free

  • Has vitamin E

1. Maybelline Colour Show Peppy Pink Matte Nail Polish

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This is truly the next “classy and status nail polish in India.” Adored by celebrities like Alia Bhatt, nail artists, and even women who love getting “nailed,” Maybelline has gone an extra mile in providing vibrant colours that won’t just make you happy but a real diva when you step out.

Specification:
  • Quantity: 6 ml
  • Shade: Peppy Pink
Reasons to Buy:
  • Leaves your nails vibrant
  • Eye-catching nail shade
  • Frosted bottle packaging 
  • Single coat is sufficient
  • Great brush & Lasts long 

My Verdict: The moment I opened this nail polish bottle, it felt as if I was getting a royal treatment. After the application, it literally felt as if I had a manicure done at an expensive salon. The nail paint glides in perfectly and gives off a nice, matte finish. It lasts longer, given that you don’t fiddle with it or do too much work (swabbing or washing dishes). 

2. O.P.I Bubble Bath Nail Lacquer 

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There is nothing more classic than a nice, light pink nail polish. However, finding that “perfect” shade of pink can be a real struggle (note: you don’t want something that’s too pinky or too transparent either). 

And that’s exactly what makes a nail polish brand like OPI unique. They have a wide array of colours – that leaves you spoilt for choices. But what I personally love is their broad range of pinks – from nudes to bright —they’re iconic, shiny, opaque, and long lasting. 

Specification:
  • Quantity: 15 ml
  • Shade: Sweet Candy Pink
Reasons to Buy:
  • Decent, soft, and a summery shade
  • Glides in a go and long-lasting
  • Complete coverage in just 2 strokes
  • Soft, feminine, and sheer finish
  • Highly glossy and maintains safety standards

My Verdict: This shade from O.P.I hasn’t just become India’s sensational but is also comforting to the eyes. OPI is a renowned brand in the U.S. and ever since it was established, its huge range of cult-loved polishes were prioritized for everyone — from beauty experts, manicurists to editors and nail polish lovers. 

No matter how many new colours the brand launches, the quality is not only of top-notch but also their ultra-pigmented formulas are long-lasting and durable. 

3. Lakme Colour Crush Nail Art

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When it comes to the best nail polish brands in India, “Lakme” can’t be missed. We have all been brought up watching their TV ads featuring different actresses using their wide range of products. But interestingly, this budget-friendly nail polish lasts the longest on average when compared to others that I’ve used.

Once applied, it almost stays there for at least 7-8 days without a top or base coat. And let me also tell you that I’m too hard on my hands… dishwashing, laundry, planting, pot scrubbing… and all that with my damn nails… But the paint has stayed ideally on my nails as if it was the very first day.

Specification:
  • Quantity: 6 ml
  • Shade: Unicorn
Reasons to Buy:
  • Has a nice, shimmery matte finish
  • Unique pearlescent unicorn shade
  • Lasts longer without top or base coat
  • Affordable and excellent packaging
  • Good consistency

My Verdict: No Instagram selfie is complete without the Lakme nail polish. Besides being a renowned Indian brand, it also specialises in chic colors, clean formulas, and cool packaging. Every bottle will just set you back ₹150. That’s what I really consider a win-win, especially for that quality!

4. Chambor Gel Effect Nail Polish

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I get it: It is tough to justify spending ₹325 on a nail polish when the Indian online market is loaded with cheap alternatives. However, if there is a nail polish worth the splurge, it is definitely Chambor. Besides it’s sleek package and cool hues, their formula has a nice gel effect that keeps your nails gorgeous AF.

Specification:
  • Quantity: 10 ml
  • Shade: Brown (No: 351)
Reasons to Buy:
  • A high-gloss nail shade
  • Mimics the effects of gel manicure
  • Precision brush offers smooth application
  • Has a vibrant colour intensity
  • Glossy finish in one sweep

My Verdict: I do love gel manicures. But my nails just don’t agree (after 1 week, they’re suuuuper dry and brittle). My solution? Chambor Gel Effect nail polish. It gives me chip-resistant coverage. Thanks to its hydrating formula. I personally love their precision brush. Not only does it give an amazing finish in a single application but also lasts longer.

5. Coat Me Bonjour Paris Nail Polish with a French Finish 

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This is one of the Goopiest Indian nail polish brands out there. It prides itself for being long-lasting and clean. The colours range from cheerful and bright to polished and subdued nudes. With a wide range of shades, none of their colours get too flashy or weird. So, if you think shimmer or glitter is “tacky,” then this nail paint is 100% for you.

Specification:
  • Quantity: 9 ml
  • Shade: Peach Serene
Reasons to Buy:
  • Matte finish with a natural shine
  • Special formula takes care of nails
  • Gives perfect finish in 1 stroke
  • Flat brush for complete coverage
  • Dries quick & lasts for 6-8 days

My Verdict: This has a nice, matte finish. Just a coat of it is what you need for picture-perfect and trendy-looking nails. And they have shades for every mood. So, it’s time to allow your nails to do the talking!

6. Essie Bahama Mama Nail Polish

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Known for its exclusive formula, Essie nail polishes genuinely know how to impress. Their colours are really different and cool. They usually are “long-wearing” and have a “shiny finish.” And it’s chip-resistant formula is a plus.

Specification:
  • Quantity: 13.5 ml
  • Shade: Deep Plum
Reasons to Buy:
  • Gives a flawless coverage
  • Free from DBP, Formaldehyde, and Toluene
  • Extensive color palette
  • Outstanding durability 
  • Dries quick & lasts longer

My Verdict: Essie is a big name in the U.S. and has been in the industry since 1981. Their nail polish collections come in brilliant and clean packaging. They are super easy to remove. In fact, a little nail polish remover will do. This 2-step nail system claims to last for up to 14 days and it’s chip-free. A big thanks to its gel-like technology, which doesn’t need any base coat + cuts down on the drying time.

Did you know: Queen Elizabeth wears only one nail polish shade and only from one brand, which is Essie. Back in 1989, the Queen’s hairdresser sent a letter to Essie asking for a shade—“the only colour Her Majesty would wear”— since then, she hasn’t changed her preferences. To this day, she wears the same nail colour. The shade is called “Ballet Slippers.” Here’s the amazon link if you want to try it. (Source: Reader’s Digest)

7. DeBelle Gel-based Nude Nail Polish

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Even you know the struggles of finding that “ideal” nude nail polish that suits Indian complexion. That’s why this version from DeBelle is something that I strongly recommend. It holds some killer reviews and immense positive ratings.

Specification:
  • Quantity: 8 ml
  • Shade: Peony Blossom
Reasons to Buy:
  • Perfect nude shade for Indian skin
  • Can be used for nail art/stamping
  • Long-lasting gel finish
  • Free from five harsh chemicals
  • Cruelty Free & naturally enriched 

My Verdict: If you don’t care about the diligent process of applying a layer of base & top coat, then this nail polish is for you. It does “less work” and “lasts forever.” Plus, it boasts “fantastic colour payoff” that “stays with high shine.” 

8. Nykaa Pastel Matte-Finish Nail Polish 

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Want super-shiny and high impact colour? Then, Nykaa’s Pastel Nail Polish Collection is what you need. Though there are different shades, I personally love this superior “pomegran-ita” nail lacquer that not only has light-reflecting pigments but also delivers intense, long-lasting colour. 

This ultimate collection is for the sophisticated, girlie girl! It surely tempts you to reach for the swirly cupcakes and delicate macaroons. It is like wearing a nice bouquet of spring flowers on your fingers. 

Specification:
  • Quantity: 9 ml
  • Shade: Pomegran-ita (No: 47)
Reasons to Buy:
  • 5 Free: Free from Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Formaldehyde, and Camphor
  • Cruelty-free. Doesn’t have animal-derived ingredients
  • Contains UV filter to prevent yellowing & discolouration 
  • Smooth coverage in one coat
  • Patented 2-fold plasticiser prevents chipping

My Verdict: The love for pomegranate is genuine and wild. Colour your nails with this exclusive Pomegrani-ta shade and run off to the beach and laze flaunting your nails in that golden sand. This high-reflection formula guarantees high gloss, gel-like perfection in one stroke. For even more gorgeous coverage and plumping effect, try two coats! 

9. Sugar Cosmetics Tip-Tac-Toe Nail Lacquer

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Scribble on the sand. Poke a friend. Shooshh a noisemaker. Like me, if you’re someone who allows your fingers to do the talking – you’ll absolutely love the SUGAR Nail Polish brand. Their collection ensures that your fingernails stay gorgeous always! 

Specification:
  • Quantity: 10 ml
  • Shade: Brown Nude (No: 011)
Reasons to Buy:
  • 9 Free: Free from formaldehyde, toluene, camphor, formaldehyde resin, DBP, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, lead, and parabens
  • Won award for best High Reflection Resin System (HRSS ) formula
  • Perfect plumping-effect in 1 stroke
  • UV filter for colour protection 
  • Patented 2-fold plasticiser prevents chipping
  • Streak-free formulation 

My Verdict: Sugar is yet another top nail polish brand in India. Their collections are specially-formulated to provide you 100% opaque finish, which literally dries before you spell your date’s name. Their wide range of mattes, shimmers, and glossies aren’t just zero-chip & streak-free warpaint but are also something that your fingers deserve. 

10. House of Makeup Gel Nail Polish

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There’s something modern and clean about this range of polishes. From classics — wonderful reds, stylish slate greys to some uncommon, arresting, odder colours — they have everything covered.

Specification:
  • Quantity: 12 ml
  • Shade: Saucy Blackcurrant
Reasons to Buy:
  • Boasts a stellar formulation that stays longer
  • Doesn’t streaks or bubbles 
  • Perfection in one stroke
  • Infused with vitamin E
  • Vegan and cruelty-free

My Verdict: House of Makeup has been one of my favourite nail polishes. In fact, I’ve a mauve shade right now. It gives me chip-resistant coverage but without any harmful side effects. A big thanks to its hydrating & strengthening ingredients (vitamin E). The best part? It’s long-lasting. The lacquer assures a high-shine and healthy coverage. Just go opaque in a single coat, which lasts for at least 5-6 days without losing that “shine.”

Conclusion

Your hands, and the way your nails look, speaks a lot about your personality. And with hectic work schedules, I’m sure most of us don’t really have the ‘time and energy’ to get a nice manicure done. 

Also, when you paint your nails, they show how much you care, your attention to detail, and creativity. Nail art is all about self-expression. So, tell me which of these nail polish brands have you tried and found them awesome? Share your thoughts in the comments section. 

About the Author

Juliet

Juliet is an avid thinker, a reader, and a passionate writer. She has her bachelors in B.Sc. (Department of Chemistry & Industrial Chemistry). She has successfully completed her 1-year National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) and holds 3 certificates. She has served as the general secretary for the local CDS (Community Development Services) and HIV & Reproductive Health Group.

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