The Best Nail Polish Colors of All Time
The best red. The best nude. The best yellow. (You heard us--yellow.)
We don’t know about you, but we’re creatures of habit. Meaning, once we find a nail polish we like, we stick with it until exhaustion. In the spirit of picking favorites, here are our top nail polishes in just about every wearable, adult-appropriate shade.
The Classic Fire-Engine Red
Revlon Red was created way back in the ’30s (chances are it’s the same shade your grandma used to wear), and it still remains a best seller. It also happens to cost less than $5.
Revlon “Revlon Red” ($4.50)
The Flattering Orangey-Red
Don’t be alarmed. You can actually wear this bright, sophisticated orange due to its red (as opposed to yellow) undertones.
Tenoverten “Hudson” ($18)
The Shimmery Bronze
Copper brown infused with gold flecks--we like to think of this shade as glitter's chic older sister.
NARS “Delos” ($20)
The Cult-Favorite Nude
This guy looks great on any skin tone.
OPI “Samoan Sand” ($7)
The Perfect Pinky White
The exact same hue as Essie’s popular “Ballet Slippers,” but guaranteed to last for 14 days.
CND “Romantique” ($10)
The “Looks Great With a Tan” Coral
Our summertime staple. We keep this polish at the ready for the first day it’s acceptable to wear sandals.
Essie “Tarte Deco” ($8.50)
The Trendy Greige
To go along with your groufit (as in your “all-grey outfit”).
The Streak-Proof Off-White
The key to wearing white polish? Keep your nails short and opt for a creamy, off-white shade.
Jin Soon “Doux” ($18)
The Grown-up Hot Pink
Two birds, one stone: This five-free polish (no formaldehyde, no toluene, no DBP, no camphor and no formaldehyde resin) is also the most work-ready shade of bubblegum we’ve ever seen.
The Yellow You Can Actually Wear
Yellow nails are tricky. Go too bold and you’ll look like a tween. Go too light and you’ll look like you’re seriously ill. Dior’s limited-edition “Sunwashed” is the exception--a neutral, daffodil-esque shade that’s packed with shine.
Dior “Sunwashed” ($27)
The Work-Appropriate Teal
Proving that Mediterranean blue works even in corporate environments.
Burberry “Teal Blue 427” ($22)
The Surprisingly Wearable Purple
Lavender nails should be reserved for your niece on Easter Sunday. Instead, stick to this rich purple tone, which is decidedly mature and looks great year-round (i.e., it?s not too dark).
The Vampy Almost-Black
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