Gel manicures are typically done in nail salons using a gel-based nail polish and a UV or LED light that seals the polish to your nails. Most gel manicures last from two to four weeks, making them useful for vacations, weddings, and other multi-day occasions.
However, while traditional gel manicures are long-lasting and give you a gorgeous shine, the removal process can often damage your nails. That’s why many nail polish brands offer gel-like formulas that you can apply at home to get that same chip-proof, lacquered look without the damage. Ahead, find our editor-approved gel nail polish picks (plus a standout kit) to give you a salon-worthy manicure at home.