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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)


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)

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

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)


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)

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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)


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)


The Vampy Almost-Black

Presented without comment.

OPI ?Lincoln Park After Dark? ($7)


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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