Best Bet: Sally Hansen Salon Insta Gel Strips

Photo: Richard Pierce

When the chip-resistant gel manicure arrived on the salon scene, it became an instant hit for those who instantly ruin fresh paint jobs. However, you couldn't do it yourself — until now. Sally Hansen's at-home kit comes ready with easy nail polish appliques that instantly become gel nails after they've been finished with the brand's Quick-Gel top coat and cured under the tiny, portable LED light included in the kit. Each nail takes 30 seconds to set and will last up to fourteen days. Technically, it's a "gel hybrid," which means regular remover will take the stuff off — no need to dunk those digits in drying acetone, like the salon version demands.

Sally Hansen Salon Insta Gel Strips Starter Kit, $27.99