16 Perfect Winter Nail Polish Shades You Need to Try

Victoria Moorhouse

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So you’ve said no to the snowman nail art? We don’t blame you. Instead of wearing a cartoon character on your fingers or overdosing on glitter that never seems to come off, try one of these classic winter nail polish colors. From deep neutrals to bright jewel tones, these statement shades mean your manicure is guaranteed to look good, no matter the weather.

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Orly Makeup to Breakup ($8.50, jcpenny.com)

Having the winter blues is a good thing when you’re talking about your nails—try this deep, glossy turquoise for a statement shade that can’t miss.

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whim nail lacquer in Sheer Embrace ($10, ulta.com)

Whim’s winter lacquer lineup is filled with shimmery pastels, including a winter white—Sheer Embrace—that is the way to go if you like something a bit more neutral.

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essie haute tub ($8.50, essie.com)

If you’re tired of black nail polish, try go for a charcoal grey with just a hint of shimmer instead. That’s where essie’s haute tub comes in: it’s rich and just a little unusual, and perfect for any party.

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Sally Hansen Velvet Texture in Velveteen ($6, drugstore.com)

But if you’re forever set on your signature dark mani, opt for a chic shade with a matte finish. Sally Hansen’s Velvet Texture line gives you shine-free color that actually lasts.

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Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Tax the Rich ($15, trustfundbeauty.com)

You can do super bright manicures in the winter, too. Tax the Rich, a perfect cobalt blue shimmer, is beyond gorgeous.

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Zoya Amal MatteVelvet Lacquer ($10, zoya.com)

 Of course red nail polish is on this list. This one will perfectly match that velvet holiday dress, shoes or coat you’re rocking.

smith cult 16 Perfect Winter Nail Polish Shades You Need to Try

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Smith & Cult Shattered Souls ($18, smithandcult.com)

Don’t get us wrong… While we want you to know that there are other options for winter polish, glitter has its bonuses. It defies chipping like none other, and it’s the quintessential holiday manicure.

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Deborah Lippmann Undressed Collection ($34, deborahlippmann.com)

Whatever nude shade is your favorite, it’s taken care of with this undressed collection from Deborah Lippmann. Bonus: this set for fun-sized polishes makes for a brilliant gift.

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