Taking care of your nails is something that so many of us find enjoyable and relaxing. Maintaining well-groomed nails doesn’t have to come at a huge expense, and I recently realized that most of my must haves are easy to find and pretty cheap.
Here are some items that I use on a regular basis that I call the best nail care products $10 and under. I’ve included links to online retailers, and all of these products are easy to find at mass market retailers such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart, and Target, as well.
NYC Grand Central Station Top Coat
Like so many of us, I have been there and done that with the expensive nail polish top coats, and haven’t necessarily been all that thrilled with the results. After years of top coat experimentation, I have found NYC Grand Central Station to be the BEST top coat ever, and just $1.99. This is my bargain of all bargains in this list, and so super shiny on your nails. Available at CVS.
This is the best tool for dipping in nail polish remover and using around your cuticles after you’ve finished your manis. I have two, just because I love it so much. You can find this brush for just $1 in stores wherever e.l.f. is sold. It’s also available at drugstore.com, but the price is $3.
This changed my nail care game permanently for good. Price: $10. Available at drugstore.com.
This is my be all, end all cuticle cream of choice and it’s what I’m constantly reaching for through the day, even more than lip balm! It’s a MUST HAVE, smells incredible, and is just $6. You can’t lose! Available at drugstore.com.
I really never expected to have such a fondness for Cutex products, but I’m alternating this as a basecoat with Nailtiques Formula 2 Plus. Price: $7. Available at drugstore.com.
This is a product that left me stunned – in a good way! Unlike any nail polish remover pads I’ve used in the past, these WORK and then some, removing every single last trace of nail polish and even hard-to-remove glitter polishes. I can hardly believe it’s just $3.99, and Cutex better not discontinue this, ever! Available at drugstore.com.
I also really love the Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover, which is incredibly effective and does not irritate your nails. It almost feels strange that it’s just $2.99 – it works so well I’d expect it to cost much more! Available at drugstore.com.
SpaRitual Lacquer Thinner
A good nail polish thinner is so handy to have to help revive polishes that have seen better days. Over time, polish will thicken up, and a couple of drops of thinner will make things smooth sailing once again. Price: $5. Available at beauty.com.
Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover
The key to my success with at-home manicures and pedicures began when I started understanding and embracing the power of a good cuticle remover. To use, I soak my hands in warm water, apply the cuticle remover and wait for 15 seconds, wash off, push back my cuticles, and trim with nail nippers. This is a great product and it really does help keep your nails looking put together. Price: $5.98. Available at drugstore.com.
There are quite a few bargain nail colors that I love and use, but I have to say the CoverGirl XL Nail Gel polishes are really some of the best I’ve ever used. Everytime I use one of these polishes, I marvel at the long-wearing shine and chip-free wear that goes on for days on end. Price: $7.49. Available at drugstore.com.
Lint-Free Nail Polish Remover Pads
It is beyond annoying to give yourself a manicure only to find leftover strands from your cotton pads polluting your nail space and then becoming inadvertent nail art. I love lint-free cotton pads like Swisspers, which are around $3 for a pack of 100. Available at drugstore.com.
Nail files, cuticle pushers, buffers, clippers, nail brushes, and cuticle nippers are essentials, and Kiss has a great kit that is just $10.99. Available at drugstore.com.
What are your must have nail care products?