Let us guess: Your calendar is jam-packed with holiday parties, family get-togethers, and maybe even a winter getaway. Whew. We can’t help you with the social niceties and hopscotching across town, but there is one area where we can lend a hand: finding a nail polish that can take you through all your holiday engagements. Here are our top 10 favorite polishes this season.
We used to think green nail polish was a little bit out there—but my, how times have changed. This muted olive, created by NYC fashion powerhouse Ruffian, has a sophisticated foil finish with a subtle metallic shine that makes it perfect for the holidays. Chic, festive, and just a little bit daring, it's perfect for decking the halls.
No one does shimmer like Deborah Lippmann and the queen of glitter has outdone herself with this stunning champagne-gold lacquer, studded with tiny pieces of red, green, and gold. An added bonus? It’s packed with ingredients like green tea and biotin to keep your nails strong and healthy all season.
At this time of the year, we get a little nostalgic for the classics: candles burning in the windows, Grandma’s cookies with icing and sprinkles, and the timeless beauty mainstay—the red nail. BMX Bandit is a glossy true red that suits a variety of skin tones and goes on smoothly in two easy coats. Plus, each purchase spreads holiday cheer—the brand's unique packaging is designed by emerging artists, who receive a percentage of the profits from every sale.
As the cold air blows in and skies turn gray, we like to counteract Mother Nature by moving our richest, deepest shades to the front of our polish collections. This supersaturated dusty lacquer from Color Club is just a shade lighter than navy—a fashion-forward choice for our jam-packed holiday weekends (and a nice change from all that red, green, and gold), yet subdued enough to wear throughout the week, too.
We’ve been looking high and low for the ultimate sparkly polish to wear on that sparkliest of nights, New Year’s Eve. Well, the search stops here. Packed with silver holographic glitter, the shade will rock any party come December 31. Created by two style-savvy art students, Floss Gloss polish gives great coverage—so your nails can rival the Time Square ball in just two quick coats.
We teamed up with the pros behind Color Club to create three party-perfect shades to suit whatever this busy season may bring. Top Shelf is a sophisticated copper, On The Rocks is a metallic silver with a chrome-like finish, and Dark ‘N Stormy is a deep gunmetal gray. Salud!
One of our favorite winter memories is waking up to the first snowfall of the season and running outside to catch snowflakes on our tongues (for those in warmer climes, this will likely be more of a fantasy than a memory). Essie has recreated that winter wonderland feeling with Parka Perfect, a pale gray-blue lacquer with subtle sparkle. Cool and crisp, it’s a refreshing break from the dark colors that dominate winter polish collections.
A holiday lineup wouldn’t be complete without a deep emerald in the roster. Laughin’ To the Bank is rich and luxurious, with a metallic shine that adds a little something extra to this festive shade. Her signature brush was designed to give you a steady grip, so you can apply this deep, saturated shade with ease—even if your holiday party starts in 10 minutes.
You’ve found your little black dress—isn’t it time we all found our little black polish? This midnight black from Butter London is everything we were looking for. It’s patent-leather-glossy, streak-free, and lasts for days (chipped dark polish is never a good thing). Keep nails short and well-groomed for a manicure that’s just the tiniest bit edgy.
It takes a lot to impress us. But this gold-toned glitter from OPI, which dries to a unique matte finish that adds an additional dimension, has us wowed. Subtle enough for the office yet sparkly for a party, we’ll be keeping this one in our rotation long after we take down the Christmas lights.
Anna Norman is a Brooklyn blogger and nail art expert. The author behind Glitter, She Wrote, she loves yoga, food, and (of course) polish.