10 Nail Polish Colors to Get You Through Winter

These shades are just as chill as the weather.

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Having to go out when it's so cold that I need a few layers under my parka is not my idea of a good time.

Instead, I prefer to spend winter at home, wrapped in a blanket and on my couch like a warm, toasty burrito. And my cold weather staying-in routine involves trashy reality shows, Seamless orders, and a ton of DIY manicures.

It might be cozy in my apartment, but throughout winter my nail polish choices are like the weather: chill. Those neons and pastels I wore during summer and into fall suddenly don't feel right anymore, so I rotate between a handful of deep jewel tones and rich seasonal shades. Sometimes, I throw in a little bit of glitter in for good measure.

From rusty red-orange to chrome, and every dark shade in-between, keep reading for the 10 best nail polish colors to wear for winter 2022.

Sally Hansen Color Foil Nail Polish in Steel a Kiss

Sally Hansen Color Foil Nail Polish in Steel a Kiss

Ulta

Get the look and feel of a trendy chrome manicure without the mess (or a trip to the nail salon). This Sally Hansen polish offers a high shine look in just two coats.

Essie Nail Polish in Carols & Caviar

Essie Nail Polish in Carols & Caviar

Essie

With the cooler temperatures and shorter days, it's inevitable that you'll look to the winter weather for inspiration for your manicure. That's where a rich, creamy navy blue nail polish comes in, which channels the midnight sky during a night of winter revelry.

OPI Infinite Shine Long-Wear Lacquer in Rhinestone Red-y

OPI Infinite Shine Long-Wear Lacquer in Rhinestone Red-y

OPI

It's impossible not to feel festive when you have a red shimmer polish on your nails. For all of your holiday functions, we present you with this sparkly ruby OPI gel-finish formula.

JINsoon Nail Polish in Fire Clay

JINsoon Nail Polish in Fire Clay

JinSoon

In lieu of a classic bold red or subtle beige, opt for an earthy in-between shade like this rusty brown Earth tone from JINsoon. The pop of color will compliment all of the deep neutrals in your winter wardrobe.

Chanel Le Vernis in Émotion

Chanel Le Vernis in Émotion

Chanel

Level up a neutral manicure with a creamy pink polish. This muted rose Chanel shade has a long-wear formula that's infused with bioceramics and ceramides to nourish and strengthen the nails.

Morgan Taylor I Wanna Dance With Somebody Collection in Record Breaker

Morgan Taylor I Wanna Dance With Somebody Collection in Record Breaker

Amazon

Yep, black nail polish can be festive when infused with tiny flecks of glitter. Another reason to celebrate: Morgan Taylor's polishes stay fresh for up to 10 days post-DIY manicure and come with a cuticle-friendly brush that makes even application a breeze.

Sundays Studio in No.21

Sundays Studio in No.21

Sundays

This cool-toned grape polish is a seasonal way to wear purple, a color that dominated both makeup and manicure trends this year.

Nails.Inc Plant Power Vegan Nail Polish in Wipe The Slate Green

Nails.Inc Plant Power Vegan Nail Polish in Wipe The Slate Green

Nails.Inc

Green isn't a nail polish color exclusive to St. Patrick's Day, and the proof is in this wintery forest green polish from Nails.Inc. The formula is also unique: It's completely vegan, made with 73% plant-based ingredients, and 21-free.

Cirque Nail Polish in Moonbeam

Cirque Nail Polish in Moonbeam

Cirque Colors

The glazed donut manicure trend isn't going anywhere, and winter is arguably the best time to embrace the look. The sheer, iridescent glitter mimics the frost and ice shimmering in the sunlight. Nail the look at home with a white holographic glitter nail polish like this one from Cirque Colors.

Miniluxe Nail Polish in Champagne

Miniluxe Nail Polish in Champagne

Miniluxe

The party doesn't have to stop on January 1st – at least as far as your manicures goes. Inject a little sparkle into your mid-winter looks with a shimmery champagne manicure. This Miniluxe shade with flecks of silver glitter will do just the trick.

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