21 Best White Nail Polishes | Milky White, Opaque & Sheer 
Here is a roundup list of nail polish brands that formulates white nail polish. You can never go wrong with classic white nails. When it comes to a perfectly white manicure not all brands are equal.
It just depends on their formulas and some brands have a way better white coverage than others. White is one of those colors where the quality is important.
What is the best white nail polish?
The best white nail polish will have a formula that glides on easily without flooding your cuticle. A white nail polish that has the best coverage will be formulated with high quality, finely milled pigments. The brush makes a big difference too. An oval shaped brush will go on much smoother than a square shaped brush.
Let's go through this list together to help you find a perfect white nail polish for your designs.
WHITE NAIL POLISH AND GEL POLISHES
1. ARCTIC FREEZE by Morgan Taylor
You are going to find that two coats will do with this white nail polish by Morgan Taylor. Like all of their formulas, this nail color is saturated with finely milled white pigments that brushes on smooth and even.
Whether you're going for a sleek and sophisticated look or something a little more whimsical, this polish is perfect for you. Plus, it provides full coverage in two thin coats, so it's easy to achieve the perfect finish.
2. WHITE ON WHITE by China Glaze
One of the top favorites in white nail polish is China Glaze White On White. This polish is formulated with a balance of polymers, resins and pigment that creates a nail lacquer that is long lasting, chip-resistant and opaque white after two coats.
3. ALPINE SNOW by OPI
If you are looking for a creamy white then Alpine Snow by OPI is a perfect option. Great for use on its own for a perfectly white manicure or can be used for a French tip manicure or pedicure.
A nice white polish that has a ProWide brush that ensures smooth coverage right up to the cuticles.
- Affordable polish
- Two coats will be dry in about 15 minutes
- Use a top coat for a longer lasting manicure
4. MONSTER by One Off Nail Polish
Looking for a fresh, new way to make your nails stand out? Look no further than this white nail polish with finely milled pigments by Monster. Whether you want to go for a classic look or something a little more daring, this polish will help you achieve the perfect finish every time.
A glossy white nail polish that can be used for a perfectly white manicure in just two coats. This white polish is very opaque and is great to use as a base for when you want to play with nail art designs too.
Customers are raving about this nail polish shop's customer service and quality of their white nail polishes. Subscribe to their newsletter to receive discounts and news.
- Artisan nail polish
- Two coats will be dry in about 15 minutes
- Use a top coat for a longer lasting manicure
- Customers love the brushes on their polishes
5. BLANC by Essie
Essie is a drug store brand that offers an affordable white nail polish with a pure snow white finish. Their formula has finely milled pigments that brushes onto the nail very smoothly.
Blanc will dry to a glossy finish in about 15 minutes. You will definitely need two thin layers to get a full coverage.
We tested the Blank nail polish by Essie. Watch our video as we test out the Essie travel pack that has the Blanc white nail polish.
6. MILK BATH by GR8 Nails
Sometimes you might want polish that's sheer. With a delicate and feminine finish, this polish will give a subtle look to your mani. If you are looking for a shop that takes great care in their formulas and offer nail polish that is 10-free, this is your shop!
Milk Bath is a cruelty free white polish that will look fabulous in two thin coats. Allow about 3 minutes drying time between coats and you are good to go.
7. GLOSSY WHITE by Atomic Polish
This thicker white formula goes on opaque in two coats. If you love to make nail art designs then this is great for stamping and making designs with. All of their artisan polishes are made by hand in small batches and are 5-free.
Customers are raving about their excellent customer service and quality of their white nail polishes.
8. GLOW UP by TwinkledT
A boutique nail Etsy shop that offers affordable nail colors including this gorgeous white polish that is the best nail polish for stamping with. If you like to play with different stamping designs then this is the polish that is perfect to try for that.
"We are a two women operation - from designing and cutting to packaging and emailing, we work hard to make sure all our products are unique and our customer service is tip-top!"
9. BARELY THERE by ORLY
Orly is Amazon's choice for the best white nail polish that leaves a full coverage. This polish has a warm light creamy color and requires no base coat or top coat. So if you are in a hurry, you can skip those steps saving you time and money. Two coats of this white nail polish will cover beautifully.
10. WHITE QUEEN POLISH by MBA Cosmetics
From their very popular Queen Of Hearts Collection their White Queen polish is formulated to be super opaque with three thin coats. And they suggest a top coat to help your manicure last as long as possible.
"10-Free polish does not contain Formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, parabens, phthalates, fragrances"
11. WHITE HERE WHITE by KBShimmer
For all of you nail polish lovers who are trying to find a perfect white, here is a one coat white polish that is self-leveling by KBShimmer. This is a lovely snow-white color that is extremely saturated.
The fan brush with curved edges makes it super easy for application. It will be completely dried in about 10-15 minutes.
12. SNOW ME WHITE by Sinful Colors
Looking for a flat white nail polish that won't break the bank? Look no further! This budget-friendly white nail polish is perfect for giving your nails a fresh, new look.
Whether you want to try out a new style or just need to touch up your nails between manicures, their white nail polish is sure to meet your needs.
Sinful Colors is a brand that provides polish that is inexpensive and pretty good quality for the money. You will get an opaque white in three thin coats.
13. SNOW WHITE by Zoya
This is Zoya's Snow White nail lacquer. If you are looking for a smooth polish that is a pure white crème color then you might want to try this one. After two coats you will get a clean white that looks like fresh snow.
You can use this white as a full manicure coverage or for a French manicure.
14. GET MOD by Sally Hansen
This is a two step gel hybrid white nail polish by Sally Hansen without the need for a UV light. Formulated to be chip-resistant for at least one week with a high shine as long as you also use their top coat for step 2.
This will remove easily with regular polish remover. Gently buffing your natural nail before application will help this polish glide on without leaving streaks.
15. ORIENTAL LILIES POLISH by Black Dahlia Lacquer
Let's head on over to Etsy for another nail polish shop that carries a white polish. Black Dahlia Lacquer’s polishes are all hand mixed in small batches and is truly an artisanal brand that cares about where their ingredients are sourced from.
You will get a full white coverage in one thick coat, or two thin coats.
"We are certified cruelty-free by the internationally recognized Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program and by PETA's Beauty Without Bunnies."
16. COTTON BUDS by Butter London
The patented Shock Resistance Polymer Technology will give you a gel-like finish that should last up to 10 days of wear.
To get a full coverage with this white polish, put on two thin coats and let dry between coats. A top coat will provide extra shine and protection.
This white nail polish is the perfect shade of white for creating a sleek, polished look. The high quality formula provides long-lasting results, and the brush applicator makes it easy to achieve an even finish.
17. ABSOLUTE WHITE By JINsoon
This white nail polish is a bright & shiny white that has a high gloss finish. JINsoon has a patented, quick dry formula so if you are in a hurry this polish will be dry in no time.
18. IT FEELS SO WHITE by Fatty's Soap Co
If you love to paint your nails with a sheer white polish with extra elements inside then check out this white polish from this Etsy shop.
This polish reminds us of freshly fallen snow with a little pixie dust mixed in and it's so pretty. 2-3 thin coats will give you the perfect coverage.
19. SNOW WAY by China Glaze
This polish is an off-white nail color that has iridescent pink shimmer that will show off your fun side. It will give you a shimmery white manicure that is just the right shade for a perfect ten on it's own.
A great white nail polish for a base for stamping and adding gems.
20. CARPE DIEM by Cirque Colors
Made with a smooth high quality formula, Carpe Diem is a bright white crème nail polish. You are going to get a truly opaque coverage in two coats. If you love Cirque Colors then definitely check out some of our favorite colors from their collection in this article.
21. WHISPER WHITE by Polish Me Silly
And here is another fabulous Etsy shop that offers their version of a perfectly off white nail polish. They have created a beautiful white polish that will be opaque after two coats. Their polishes can be worn alone or can be used for stamping and for French manicures too.
"Over the past 8 years our brand has grown to include over 220 unique designs that include specialty glitters, multi-chromes, holographic rainbows, flakies, thermal color changing, glow pop polishes and bright neon polka-dot top coat polishes."
White Nail Polish Application Tips
- Oval brushes are easier to apply white nail polish.
- White can be streaky so light layers is best.
- Avoid flooding your cuticles by not adding too much white nail polish to the brush.
- The second coat will fill in any gaps and get rid of any streaks.
- Gently mix the white nail polish before every use by rubbing it between your hands for about 2 minutes.
- Lightly buffing your natural nail before application will help get an application that is less streaky than applying it to clean smooth nails.
- If you get the white nail polish on the outside of your nail or into your cuticles you can remove it with some acetone and small nail brush.
- Apply the white nail polish slow and steady.
- Try not to go over the same spot more than twice or you will buckle the polish and it won't be even.
- Opaque white polishes can get thick when exposed to the air, you can thin them out by using nail polish thinner. Check Prices On Amazon.
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