>BEST NAIL TREATMENT
? CND SOLAR OIL, €15
A beauty classic and with good reason. This lightweight, easily absorbed oil contains vitamin E and jojoba oil to keep nails strong and healthy. It smells edible too.
>BEST NAIL CARE RANGE
? CND, FROM €12
This nail brand is hard to beat, with gorgeous polishes, effective products (such as Solar Oil which also picks up a Herald Beauty Award) and the amazing in-salon manicure, Shellac, which has revolutionised the nailcare industry since its launch.
>BEST NAIL POLISH REMOVER
? L’ONGLEX ACETONE FREE NAIL POLISH REMOVER, €3.87
A very effective polish remover that’s kind to nails. It contains essential oils, provitamin B5 to help strengthen nails, aloe vera and glycerin to care for nails and cuticles. You can use it on artificial nails too.
>BEST BASE COAT
? ESSIE FILL THE GAP, €13.99
Brilliant for smoothing out ridges and uneven nail surfaces, this base coat has a blend of strengtheners and micro-fibres to help strengthen nails and moisturising properties to keep them hydrated.
>BEST LUXURY NAIL COLOUR
? CHANEL LE VERNIS, €21
Every season Chanel comes out with the must-have nail colour; last year’s Particulière (still selling like hot cakes) for example. But trends aside, the polishes give a great finish and last for ages.
>BEST BUDGET NAIL COLOUR
? RIMMEL LYCRA PRO, €5.93
For the price, Rimmel polishes are incredibly good. Easy to apply, the colour is true to what’s in the bottle and the polishes have great staying power. At under €6, you can’t go wrong.