35 Nail Polish Colors Every Mani Lover Should Have In Their Collection
As black liner is to a makeup arsenal and an "LBD" is to a functional wardrobe, some nail lacquers are essential to a polish collection. From the wildly bold to the subtle head turners, no collection is complete without the nail polish colors every mani lover should own.
As any nail polish addict knows, there's no such thing as having too many colors. Every hue imaginable has been formulated into a nail lacquer waiting to spice up your fingertips. You can switch from jet black to metallic pink to matte blue at the drop of a hat, even sporting them all in the same week if that's your M.O. But no matter how much your style changes, there are certain shades polish junkies always come back to. Deep hues characterize cold weather seasons, and you can always spot them on any mani lover. Spring and blush shades go hand in hand. And you just can't have summer time without vibrant, tropical hues.
Then there are the year-round staples worth breaking out at any given moment. Of all the gorgeous options on the market, these 35 colors are the reliable stunners that always land a ton of compliments.
1. OPI "Big Apple Red"
2. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics "Feathered"
4. Zoya "Heidi"
5. Essie "Midnight Cami"
6. OPI "Bubble Bath"
I'm known by the technicians at my local salon as the girl who loves pointy, sparkly nails, so I'm clearly addicted to festive shades. But the one color I always come back to is this barely there, cult-favorite pink, a shade that looks heavenly on all skin tones.
7. CND "Black Pool"
8. Zoya "Kendal"
9. Essie "No Place Like Chrome"
10. OPI "Suzi - The First Lady Of Nails"
11. Pacifica "Swamp Thing"
12. CND "Brass Button"
13. Zapora "Hot Koko"
15. OPI "Never A Dulles Moment"
You can never go wrong mustard yellow, a shade that competes with the prettiest summer hues and go-to burnt fall polishes.
16. Nails Inc. "Bruton Mews"
17. China Glaze "Shocking Pink"
18. Sally Hansen "Wine Not"
19. CND "Untitled Bronze"
20. OPI "Is That A Spear In Your Pocket"
How can you not think of an island getaway with a tropical teal adorning your little pretties?
22. Butter London "Toff"
23. Ruby Wing "Crowd Surf"
24. Butter London "HRH"
25. Palate Polish "Black Pepper"
26. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics "Black Dahlia"
27. Nars "Delos"
28. Zoya "Nude Perfector"
29. Essie "Very Structured"
"Very Structured" Nail Lacquer, $9, essie
Burnt orange will always win, hands down!
30. China Glaze "Sun Of A Peach"
31. Morgan Taylor "P.S. I love You"
32. Nars "Pastorale"
33. OPI "Berlin There Done That"
One of those neutrals that you just can't escape, taupe is a shade you definitely need.
34. Zoya "Thandie"
35. Deborah Lippmann "I Know What Boys Like"
There's nothing wrong with hoarding as many polishes as you can get your hands on, but before going crazy, consider including these fundamental shades in your stash first. They'll forever do your nails justice.