While colder temperatures and shorter days indicate that it’s time to save our favorite summery polishes for next year, winter nail colors don’t have to be drab. Whether you want to channel holiday festivities with gold polish or reflect winter’s moodiness with a bold blue, we’ve got you covered!
MAC Nail Lacquer in Soiree ($16): Like all MAC products, Soiree is super pigmented, so one layer of the lustrous shimmery bronze-gold polish may be enough to completely cover your nail. MAC polishes promise a “no-streak, no-chip” finish to make your hard work last even longer. Wear this one to a holiday party with some gold and bronze metal bracelets.
Jin Soon Nail Lacquer in Rhapsody ($18): In September, celebrity manicurist Jin Soon Choi launched her first nail polish line, Jin Soon. The line has two collections: Quintessential (six non-rotating must-haves) and A La Mode (six seasonal in-vogue shades), both of which feature a high-quality chip-resistant formula. This navy blue-gray color from the latter collection is so gorgeous that we’d risk chapped hands by walking outside gloveless to flaunt it.
Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Le Smoking ($20): Le Smoking is part of Estée’s Red Haute Holiday Collection, with four other gorgeous reds. Le Smoking gives the timeless elegance and glamour of a beautifully made classic red. The bright, glossy color resists dulling, chipping, and fading—and will brighten any spirit in the middle of the winter.
Laura Mercier Nail Lacquer in Crimson ($18): Deep plum polishes are a winter classic, but we were super impressed with how Crimson, a luxurious plum polish, can be painted in ultra-thin coats to build to different intensities. Laura Mercier’s lacquer formulas also have unbelievably long staying power—paint your nails right before you leave for vacation and forget about them for the rest of the week.
Lancôme Vernis in Love in Noir Caviar ($15): For extra edge, try this creamy, practically black polish. Lancôme hands down has the best, most easy-to-use brushes. The rounded tip is controllable, spreads across almost the entire nail, and guarantees even application every time—an important feature in sometimes-streaky darks like these.
The New Black Ombre Five-Piece Set in Ombre Walrus ($22): Nudes are an all-season essential, but a perfect shade for your skin tone can be so hard to find. Although The New Black’s five-piece set is intended for creating ombre nails, there‘s nothing stopping you from only using one shade for your whole manicure. Chips are hard to see in nude manicures, which are also great for a well-groomed but not too distracting look at conservative events. For bolder but still sophisticated look, opt for a slightly darker shade or use the kit for its intended purpose!