8 of the Most Popular Nail Polish Colors of All Time
There's a tons of nail polish out there — like, a lot. Whether you're standing in front of the polish wall at your favorite salon or shopping online, the options can seem limitless. A search for "red nail polish" at Ulta.com will get you 44 polishes. And that's just one store.
Whether classic red is your manicure color of choice or you're a bit more adventurous with metallics, there are some polish shades everyone agrees on. Chanel's Rouge Noir has reached icon status (as far as polishes go) since the fashion house first used burgundy shade during one of its runway shows in the '90s. As far as sheer, subtle manicures go, Essie's pastel pink Ballet Slippers is everyone's favorite neutral polish. It even has the Queen's seal of approval.
The next time you have no idea how the hell to do your nails, these best-selling shades from some of your favorite nail polish brands are fool-proof choices. Keep scrolling for eight of the most popular nail polish colors of all time.
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Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers
OPI Nail Lacquer in Lincoln Park After Dark
For those times when black nail polish feels too dark, OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark is a cool alternative. The shade is a deep, deep purple that looks black — but it's not.
Dior Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer in 999 Red
One thing everyone who paints their nails can agree on is that red is always a solid color choice. While there's bottles upon bottles of red polishes out there, Dior's 999 Red is the *perfect* true crimson shade. The actual formula has a high-shine finish that's long-wear like a gel.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Get Mod
The perfect white nail polish is hard to find. Some shades look too chalky, too eggshell, or they're not actually opaque no matter how many coats you apply. That's why Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel in Get Mod is such a fan-fave. It goes on as thick and white as Wite-Out, plus it stays shiny and chip-free because its formula mimics the finish of an actual gel manicure.
Deborah Lippmann All Fired Up Gel Lab Pro Collection in Bo$$
When you're bored of your usual polish rotation, this shimmery deep teal color is just the shade you ordered. This Deborah Lippmann polish is one of the brand's best-sellers because even though it's metallic, it's still relatively subtle.
Essie Nail Polish in Bikini So Teeny
Pastel nail polish is basically synonymous with spring, but what makes this beloved shade stand out from all of the other periwinkles out there is that it's spiked with just a hint of shimmer.
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Noir
Imitated, but never duplicated, this iconic Chanel polish is ultimate black cherry (AKA burgundy) shade.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Taupe-Less Beach
OPI's remix on the classic taupe nail polish is nothing like the other options out there. The not-too-light, not-too-dark neutral works in any season. No wonder it's one of the brand's most popular shades.