If the certain polar vortex-esque chill in the air has caused you to slack on your nail game, consider this your official manicure intervention. Just because party season is over, doesn't mean your sparkly lacquers should go into hibernation.
Instead of wild glitters better suited for a New Year's party, we're feeling subtle metallics like Dolce & Gabbana’s gorgeous pewter, and Laura Mercier’s ice blue. Each trendy shade gives off a winter vibe without veering too far back into the holiday category, and adds an extra chromatic element to your cold weather uniform. To hold us over until the spring brights hit store shelves, we rounded up 10 of our favorite nail colors to brighten up even the most miserable winter day. Click through our gallery to shop each shade now!
1. Laura Mercier Nail Lacquer in Attitude
No winter gloves here-with its cool blue tone and multi-dimensional shimmer, Laura Mercier's icy lacquer ($18; lauramercier.com) is the only kind of frost we'll allow on our fingertips.
2. Dolce & Gabbana The Nail Lacquer in Pearl Shimmer
Talk about a silver lining. Even on especially gloomy days, this gorgeous chrome ($25; sephora.com) puts an instant pick-me-up right at your fingertips.
3. Essie Nail Polish in Comfy in Cashmere
This isn't your basic nude hue... Though the tawny shade ($9; essie.com) looks unassuming, the lacquer dries to a matte finish with a modern edge, thanks to the opalescent pearl pigments blended into the formula.
4. Butter London in Ruby Murray
A glass of Pinot Noir provides an instant warming effect with one sip, and as it turns out, its nail color counterpart does the same in a swipe. Butter London's rich Ruby Murray tone ($15; nordstrom.com) gives off a much-needed splash of color to winter digits that haven't been kissed by the sun in months.
5. Jin Soon Nail Lacquer in Chamonix
Inspired by the texture of leather, this inky noir shade ($18; nordstrom.com) delivers a glossy, almost patent shine that packs as much edge as that statement biker jacket.
6. Formula X Sea Glass Collection in Tide
Even little mermaids like Princess Ariel would be impressed at how the matte glitters in this rich violet ($13; sephora.com) mimic the smooth, weathered texture of wave-battered sea glass.
7. CoverGirl XL Nail Gel in Rotund Raspberry
What looks and wears like a gel mani, but can be whisked away by a sole cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover? No, this isn't a beauty riddle-CoverGirl's XL Nail Gel ($6; drugstore.com) imparts the same trendy color and long-lasting gloss effect you'd get in a salon, minus the tedious removal process.
8. Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Dreamweaver
Depending on where the light hits, this multi-tonal metallic ($18; nordstrom.com) shifts in shade from an intense teal to a deep magenta.
9. Alexa Chung for Nails Inc. in Sequin Effect
Who says you have to lose your glitter nail polish after the New Year's Eve ball drops? The black base combined with the gold sparkle of Nails Inc's sequin-inspired lacquer ($15; nordstrom.com) mimics the effect of your favorite bedazzled accessory, and serves up a more understated way to shine.
10. OPI Infinite Shine in Steel Waters Run Deep
More like Fifty Shades of Slay. It's easy to wax poetic over this sexy grey hue ($13; opi.com for locations), which acts as perfect complement to just about every tone in our wardrobe.