Clear Nail Polish (Photo : Pexels/Elizabeth Tamara )

Making your manicure last as long as possible, keeping your nails shiny, and preventing them from chipping can be challenging. One of the best ways to keep your nail polish looking brand new is to coat them with a top coat.

But even though there are plenty of top coats to choose from, not all of them are worth the money or effectively help your manicure resist chipping and smudging.

For those looking to purchase a top coat, here are some great options to consider. 

OPI Nail Polish Top Coat - $8.80

OP Top Nail Polish (Photo : OPI )

OPI is a leading drugstore nail polish brand. Even though it's a bit pricier than most drugstore brands, it remains a go-to for many due to its products' quality and long-lasting effects.

The OPI Top Coat brings shine to your nails, seals in the color of your polish, prevents discoloration, and discourages chipping and cracking. It's a great top coat for those who like lighter shades as it has a non-yellowing formula, so your nail polish color won't look worn out.

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat - $10.99 

Seche Vite top coat (Photo : Ulta Beauty)

If you have done research on nail polish, this brand has definitely shown up in your searches. 

The Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat has become a huge name in the top coat arena, and users everywhere have boasted about how fast it works.

The top coat is not only affordable and available in many stores, but it also dries fast, perfect for those who are in a rush or don't have the patience to keep waiting for the polish to dry.

This is also a great polish to wear alone as it gives the nails some strength and shine. 

Essie Gel Couture Matte Top Coat - $13 

Essie Matte Top Coat (Photo : Ulta Beauty )

Another go-to nail brand for beauty lovers is Essie. If you enjoy soft matte nails or want to try something new, the brand's Gel Couture Matte Top Coat may be the right fit.

Matte top coats have taken over in the past couple of years and have become a popular choice for those who prefer something a little more gel-like with a semi shiny finish. 

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat - $5.99 

Sally Hansen Insta Dry (Photo : Ulta )

Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat provides quick-drying solutions; the brand promises drying in just 60 seconds.

The formula for the top coat includes an acrylic polymer formula to harden and dry any nail color, along with UV filters to prevent discoloration.

For only $5.99, you can give yourself an at-home manicure using a reliable product that prevents your nail polish from chipping and fading.