A Science-Based Beauty Guru's Top 10 Picks for the Best Nail Products

A Science-Based Beauty Guru's Top 10 Picks for the Best Nail Products

Lab MuffinMichelle

Michelle Wong has a PhD in chemistry and explains the science behind beauty products, debunks common myths, and helps people make smarter decisions at her blog, Lab Muffin Beauty Science. She also has a YouTube channel. You can find her on Instagram at @labmuffinbeautyscience.
Whether you frequent your local nail salon or paint your nails every other Sunday afternoon, taking proper care of your nails is more important than you realize. And there's a lot of information out there, whether it's about methodologies or the goods themselves.

In order to sift fact from fiction, we asked Michelle to tell us about some products that actually worked for her and, more importantly, why they work.
  • Last updated: 10-24-2019
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Michelle's mybest

Blue CrossCuticle Remover

$6.05

Seche ViteDry Fast Top Coat

$7.75

OPINail Lacquer Skull & Glossbones

$15.99

OrlyBasecoat Bonder

$8.19

VAGAGlass Nail Files

$4.99

PanaAcrylic Nail Brush

$15.99

Michelle's mybest Summary

Michelle's walked us through her methodology, introducing both nail giants, like OPI, and quirky tools, like paintbrushes. You can try all of them or just a few select items. But, in any case, with Michelle's top 10 nail care products, we hope you'll have healthier, more beautiful nails!

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