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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.

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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)

Nars Delos

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)

OPI Nude

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)

Deborah Lippmann

The Trendy Greige

To go along with your groufit (as in your “all-grey outfit”).

Deborah Lippman “Desert Moon” ($18)

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Jin Soon
Jin Soon

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)

Jennifer Fisher

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.

Jennifer Fisher x RGB “T.I.T.S.” ($18)

Dior Sunwashed

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)

Burberry Teal

The Work-Appropriate Teal

Proving that Mediterranean blue works even in corporate environments.

Burberry “Teal Blue 427” ($22)

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Sally Hansen

The Un-Goth Indigo

A “one coat wonder” that lets you embrace your inner Elvira without actually wearing black nail polish.

Sally Hansen “Dark Huemoor” ($8)

Morgan Taylor

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).

Morgan Taylor ?Royal Treatment? ($5)

Lincoln Park

The Vampy Almost-Black

Presented without comment.

OPI ?Lincoln Park After Dark? ($7)

Dior Nail Glow

The Non-Color Color

The minimalist trend has carried over to your digits. This Kool-Aid-looking polish is applied to bare nails (no base coat necessary) and delivers an effortless pink sheen.

Dior “Nail Glow” ($25)

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