One-Coat Wonders: 7 Nail Polishes To Wear This Winter

These seven opaque nail colors get the job done--without the wait.
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These seven opaque nail colors get the job done--without the wait.

There are a lot of things worth waiting for, but, if you ask me, nail polish isn't one of them. I hate waiting for my nails to dry. And I have little patience for layering sheer or streaky formulas, which take longer to dry. So today, I'm rounding up seven nail polishes that get the job done in one opaque swipe. To give you an exact picture of the one-coat coverage, I'm not wearing base coat or top coat in the below photos. 

Classic Red: Formula X For Sephora Nail Polish In Curiosity

formula x red nail polish

Showing some Curiosity

One swipe of this opaque nail polish left me very impressed and extra curious about the line. This particular shade, Curiosity, is a classic, bright red crème. The formula is a bit watery, but not at all streaky. It also has a wider brush, which dispenses a lot of rich color in just one stroke.

Goth: Formula X For Sephora Nail Polish In Genius

formula x black nail polish

Flashing a bit of Genius

Just like Curiosity, the formula for this nail color is also a bit watery. The finish, however, is a nice, even, opaque black crème, although the Sephora website calls it a dark chocolate. Here, the wider brush comes in handy again for making the color even on the first coat.

Moody: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure In Jungle Gem 

sally hansen teal nail polish

Going wild with Jungle Gem

This teal cream is super-striking and easy to work with. It has a lovely, thick consistency, and it comes with a wide brush, so it can coat your nails and even out color in two strokes.

Pink: Nails Inc. Nail Polish In Regents Park

nails inc pink nail polish

Getting girly in Regents Park

This Barbie Pink shade was mostly opaque after the first coat. The formula was a bit watery, but thanks to the flat wide brush, it was easy to apply evenly.

Gray: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Polish In Dangerous

occ grey nail polish

Indulging my "Fifty Shades of Grey" side with Dangerous

Gray nails are so unusual; they're instant conversation starters. This gray crème shade has a thick formula that provides opaque coverage in one coat. It also comes with a medium-sized brush.

Vampy: Essie Nail Lacquer In After School Boy Blazer

essie navy nail polish

Slipping on After School Boy Blazer

When a true black nail is too much for me, I like to go with this deep navy blue cream nail color. It has a long, thin brush and a thick formula that applies incredibly even. 

Ladylike: Wet n Wild Megalast Nail Color In Undercover

wet n wild nude pink nail polish

Feeling demure in Undercover

This understated, rosy nude crème goes on mostly opaque (no one will notice it’s just one coat unless they look very closely). It has a thick consistency and comes with a short wide brush.

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L-R: Formula X for Sephora Nail Polish in Curiosity, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Polish in Dangerous, Wet n Wild Megalast Nail Color in Undercover, Formula X for Sephora Nail Polish in Genius, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Jungle Gem, Essie Nail Lacquer in After School Boy Blazer and Nails Inc. Nail Polish in Regents Park

Of course, adding a base coat, a second coat of color, and a top coat will be your best bet for longevity. But if you’re in a rush, these nail colors will pack a punch and dry in no time. 

  • What are some of your favorite one-coat nail colors?
  • What do you do while your nails are drying?