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Who doesn't want a manicure that stays shiny and chip-free even through washing a load of dishes? Yes, opting for a gel nail polish solves all of the aforementioned manicure struggles, but regularly getting them is also super expensive.
Enter at-home gel nail polishes: the cost-effective alternative to getting a gel manicure. These polishes are formulated to last longer than typical formulas and stay just as shiny—no UV lamp required. If you're looking to save some money this fall by DIY-ing your manicures at home, but still want a long-wear finish, you're in luck because all of this season's most popular colors are available in at-home gel formulas.
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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Color Whirl
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If you're nail art-challenged, this color-transforming top coat is the easiest way to make any of your favorite nail polish shades look extra jazzy. When you apply a thin layer of it over your polish of choice, it gives the color a cool marble effect that's long-wear and chip-resistant. ($10; sallyhansen.com)
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Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Make The Cut
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Wet N Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Color in Crime Of Passion
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When you simply can't deal with all of the nail polish options, a red is always a fail-safe choice no matter the season. Avoid chips by using Wet n Wild's gel effect polish, a formula that holds up for two weeks. It's under-$10 price point is less than what you'd tip your manicurist when getting gel at a salon. ($6; walmart.com)
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in In The Money
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Slime green is having a moment. If you're not ready to live your best '90s life by wearing neon, paint it on your nails. Revlon's Gel Envy polish is formulated so that you get the same vibrant color that you would with a salon gel manicure. ($7; walmart.com)
(Related: How to Safely Remove Gel Nails at Home)
Deborah Lippmann All Fired Up Gel Lab Pro Collection in Nasty
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Plum is one of those shades that always on-trend for fall. This year, make the deep purple shade feel new with a polish that has a sparkly finish. Even better, use Deborah Lippman's at-home gel formula for a DIY manicure that actually won't chip or smudge while washing the dishes. ($20; sephora.com)
(Related: The Best Clean Nail Polish Brands)
Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Caviar Bar
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Step out of your black nail polish rut (without going too far out of your comfort zone) with this opaque navy Essie shade. With the brand's gel-like polish formula, you don't need a UV light to get two weeks worth of wear out of your manicure. ($12; target.com)
OPI Infinite Shine Nail Polish in Hold Out For More
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This reddish-brown polish might be the same color as a pumpkin spice latte, but there's nothing basic about this seasonally-appropriate shade. OPI's Infinite Shine formula lasts longer than the average nail polish, plus stays glossy so it looks like your manicure is always brand spanking new. ($13; amazon.com)
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This story originally appeared on InStyle.com by Erin Lukas.