Contributor Beauty Awards: best nail polish nominees
"This base coat has been my go-to for years." - Ellen, StyleList Editor
Essie First Base Base Coat
"The Deborah Lippmann base coat dried super quickly, which was a big time saver, and prevented my nails from staining. It made removing my polish much easier." - Natalie,
Natalie Dressed Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Base Coat
"Perfect smoothing coverage with a bit of a neutral tint." - Victoria,
Manicurator Butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat "Ciate is really nice. Goes on smooth as silk." - Nikia, Model Liberation Ciate Underwear Base Coat
"It remained shiny the entire time and kept my pedicure chip free for three weeks and counting." - Natalie,
Natalie Dressed Butter London Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat
"I love that this formula is non-toxic." - Logan, StyleList Editor
Scotch Naturals On The Rocks Top Coat
"I'm a nail polish junkie, and this top coat is my absolute go-to." - Logan, StyleList Editor
Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat
"It seemed to make my polish last longer. And it was insanely smooth." - Sasha,
Moiology Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Top Coat
"I love a top coat that dries in a heartbeat." - Nikia,
Model Liberation Ciate Speed Coat
"Unique, hard to stop looking at it! Plus, a great formula." - Victoria,
Manicurator Ciate 'It's Haute in Here'
"Very beautiful micro-glitters in black base, great formula as well." - Victoria,
'The Black Knight'
"It's everything you hope glitter to be. Sparkly chunks of confetti on your fingertips. It's a party!" - Nikia,
Model Liberation Essie 'Jazzy Jubilant'
"A great deep purple that I wouldn't normally reach for. It went on easily and was a great alternative to black." - Natalie,
Natalie Dressed Ciate Burlesque
"With just one coat, Essie Luxedo gets the job done. The full color isn't like other dark nail polishes which sometimes require more than one coat or can sometimes come off as sheer." - Serena,
The Spicy Stiletto Essie 'Luxedo'
"I actually got a lot of compliments on this polish." - Sasha,
Moiology Butter London 'Branwen's Feather'
"A true shade of red that doesn't have hint of secondary colors." - Serena,
The Spicy Stiletto Butter London 'Come to Bed Red'
"The red is deep and a bit sheer, which can also be nice." - Nikia,
Model Liberation Scotch Naturals Kiltlifter "It's a really good, strong neutral that blends and still has character." - Nikia, Model Liberation Butter London 'Yummy Mummy'
"A go-to nude for summer - it's not too sheer, which is perfect." - Ellen, StyleList Editor
Essie 'Sand Tropez'
Nail polish: They may all look the same, but not
are created equally.
On Day 4 of our
Contributor Beauty Award nomination reveals
, we asked bloggers
The Spicy Stiletto
to test out polishes in various colors, including those elusive base and top coats -- does anyone
need those anyway? Our contributors happen to think so, and they'll tell you exactly which ones to invest in.
Click through the gallery to see all the nominated nail polishes.
Don't forget to check the site on Friday to see the ultimate winners revealed!