My Favourite Budget Nail Polish Formulas

My Favourite Budget Nail Polish Formulas - L'Oreal Le Vernis A L'Huile, Ulta3 Nail Polish, Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

My nail polish collection has dwindled, as of late. As I continue to weed out shoddy formulas and colours I’d never wear, it’s starting to look more and more like an Essie and OPI-only affair. But there’s still a couple of budget favourites that I haven’t stopped reaching for lately. I’m becoming pickier with formula as I tend to leave polish on for a week or two now – if it can last the distance then it’s a win for me.There are four formulas from the drugstore in particular that look like they’ll have a secure spot in the collection from now on.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Vernis À L’Huile*

AVAILABLE FROM: Priceline, Chemist WarehouseRY.com.au, Big W, Target, Kmart & more.

This new release from L’Oreal caught my attention straight away and since a gorgeous package arrived with the whole range, I’ve been loving the formula and also the shade range. Plenty of wearable reds, corals and berries with a couple of blues thrown in for good measure – perfect. The brush is a great, flat shape, designed for easy application and the bottles are little teeny artworks. Another thing I love about this formula is that it smells good? The polish has a bunch of nourishing oils in it so instead of your classic nail polish smell, it smells actually really lovely. And the scent lingers for the first day or two of wear.

Some of my favourite shades include Orange Triomphe*, Rouge Sauvage* & Carmin Parisien*.

Ulta3 Nail Polish*

AVAILABLE FROM: Ulta3, Heat Shop, Various Pharmacies.  

The cheapest of the bunch and also the brand that got me into nail polish in the first place. Ulta3’s formula has been a long-standing favourite for me but lately, they’ve stood up their game even more. The formula has improved but also the shades that they’re bringing out continue to catch my eye. Continually on trend and right up my alley. The formula can be a little hit and miss with some shades but for $2.30, it’s hard to fault them.

Some of my favourite shades include Orange Fest*, Isle of Blue*, Wooly Days & Purple Fusion*.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure*

AVAILABLE FROM: Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Various Pharmacies.

It’s hard to deny that the Sally Hansen brand has been the consistent queen of drugstore nail polish. And the Complete Salon Manicure name pretty much lives up to how great this formula is. The shade range has just about anything you could possibly need and the formula is thin but incredibly easy to work with. Again, the brush is wide and thin so it’s really easy to apply and I find this formula to be particularly long-wearing on my nails. A little pricier but pretty much always on sale.

Some of my favourite shades include Kook A Mango*, Berry Important* & Barracuda.

Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Enamel

AVAILABLE FROM: Priceline, Chemist Warehouse.

I’m not sure if these are still properly around in Priceline stores now but if you spot them, they’re well worth checking out. I find I’m not a huge fan of the 60 Seconds formula but the Salon Pro polishes have been hanging out in my drawers for ages. Another formula that applies beautifully in just two coats and lasts really well on my nails. And the shade range has lots of great colours – traditional and a little more adventurous.

Some of my favourite shades include Urban Purple & Hip Hop.

What are your favourite budget nail polish formulas?

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  • Saaame – I remember I used to change my nail polish every four days (like clockwork!) but now I leave it on for weeks until it chips off 😛 My nails are in a sorry state right now (that’s what assessment period will do to you!). These are some of my faves too, I love Sally Hansen CSM and Rimmel’s polishes. Ulta3 will always have a special place in my heart! I totally recommend the Maybelline Super Stay polishes – I’ve only tried Rose Poudre but it lasts so well!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • hahahah exactly! I think I used to use it as a procrastination technique when I was in high school! And thank you for the recommendation – I’ll have to try out the Maybelline range 🙂