Designer nail polishes usually cost considerably more than other types of polish, but may offer longer lasting coats and better colors. Some varieties of designer polish contain fewer harsh chemicals as well. For example, brands such as OPI and Essie are formulated to be free of formaldehyde, toluene and DBP.
Launched in 1981, Essie nail products have found loads of devoted fans. The designer polishes are known for their chip-resistance as well as for their vibrant colors, which range from neutrals to lady-like pinks to bright blues and oranges. The company also has a line of nail strengthening products and top coats.
Another popular salon polish, OPI was also started in 1981. Originally only available in salons, OPI has since launched several off-shoots, such as Nicole by OPI, which is available places such as Target. It also has a line sold at Sephora. The designer nail polishes are known for their eclectic shades that coat well and last a long time.
Although much more expensive than OPI and Essie polishes, Chanel nail polishes have a large following. The company launches new colors each season. It also has a base coat and shiny top coat. It polish colors tend to sell out quickly, despite the high price.
OPI and Essie polishes typically cost around $8 a bottle, though you may find some on sale. Chanel polishes are considerably more expensive, costing nearly $30 per bottle.
OPI and Essie are widely available at nail salons and specialty cosmetics shops. You may also be able to find the polishes at drugstore or discount stores such as Target. Chanel polishes are typically sold at high-end department stores. If you prefer to shop online, you can find Chanel polishes at Chanel.com. OPI and Essie polishes are also available from the company's respective websites or from online beauty shops.