Best Bet: Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat

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Gel manicures stay chip-free for weeks at a time, but removing the shiny, long-lasting polish means soaking your fingertips in toxic, dehydrating acetone. Julep's Freedom Polymer Top Coat uses a special formula that gives any regular manicure a gel-like finish (including durability and shine) but can be taken off with gentler, non-acetone based removers. All it takes is one top coat after your mani and a few minutes in natural light (or under a 60 watt bulb) for the polymer formula to be completely dry — no UV curing necessary.

Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat, $18