19 of Our Favorite Nail Polishes

By Courtney Leiva

Find yourself (more often than you’d like to admit!) standing in from of the rows upon rows of nail polish colors at your nail salon, indecision getting the best of you? Fact is, when there are shelves upon shelves of nail polish colors to choose from, it may be hard to find your signature shade.

That’s why we’ve handpicked the best lacquers to give your nail beds that irresistible pop of color.

Whether you prefer sultry purples or dreamy blues, find your gorgeous shade of polish easily with our helpful picks and tricks.

Nuanced Nude…

For your basic everyday nude, the Deborah Lippmann True Blood Sookie Gift Set ($30, beauty.com) captures two creamy shades you can wear with pretty much everything.

Prefer a bit of rock to go with your roll? Rev up your nude with a metallic twist found in the Topshop Metallic Nail Polish in Crystal Clouds ($10, nordstrom.com), which dries fast and gives you a glossy finish.

For a more opaque finish, check out the Essie Summer Collection 2014: Urban Jungle ($8.50, beauty.com), which delivers an opaque pale nude in a single coat, perfect for all of us with less than perfect nail beds.

Fancy a more medium nude? The Butter London Yummy Mummy Nail Lacquer ($15, beauty.com) gives you that prim and polished mani fast.

Sweet Orange…

Sweet and pretty coral always makes a girly twist on the usual orange shades, so to get your proper coral fix try the Essie Neon Collection 2014: Serial Shopper ($8.50, beauty.com) for a vibrant shade of coral.

To get those nailbeds sparkling, the Butter London Chuffed Nail Lacquer ($15, butterlondon.com) offers a sheer, bright orange shade with glimmering shimmer.

Desire a more fiery finish? The OPI Neon Nail Lacquer in Juice Bar ($9.50, ulta.com) gives you a splash of passion with its tangerine color.

While we’re still talking about tropical orange, spice up your nail beds with the Urban Decay Nail Color in Bang ($16, beauty.com).

And for that budget-friendly yet equally gorgeous hue, Hoopla Studio Nail Polish in Touchdown ($8, hooplastudio.com) is great on your nails and budget.

Pink Perfection…

Pink is definitely one of those shades you can have a lot of fun with, so for your daring dosage of rose, the Essie Neon Nail Polish Too Taboo ($8.50, ulta.com) makes a great pick for that night out on the town.

Love that flirty hot pink polish? Go all out with the OPI Neon Nail Lacquer Hotter Than You Pink ($9.50, ulta.com) which lets your nails do all the flirting.

Still crave that pastel Barbie pink, try Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Seething ($10, sephora.com) a satin pink that will surely do the trick.

Brilliantly Blue…

For a trendy take on turquoise try Marc Jacobs Blue Velvet Nail Lacquer ($18, sephora.com) for a mood-ring like hue with a bright blue shimmer.

For your classic sky blue, the Nars Ikiru Nail Polish ($20, nordstrom.com) makes a classic staple.

Perfectly Purple…

Turn up your violets with the full-coverage Tom Ford Dominatrix ($32, nordstrom.com) which offers one ah-mazing color.

Like a lighter hue? The chip-resistant Dolce & Gabbana Lilac ($25, sephora.com) paints on that soft and feminine look for oh-so dreamy digits.

For deeper and darker shades, choose the OPI Neon Nail Lacquer Push & Pur Pull ($9.50, ulta.com).

Radiantly Red…

For a true red, try Estee Lauder Pure Red ($21, nordstrom.com).

Want to channel some ruby slippers all your own? Tell Dorothy to move over and paint your nails with Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers ($20, sephora.com).