Lacquer Up: The 5 Best Vampy Nail Polishes Of 2014

By Alix Turoff

Some people have mood rings, but here at The Beauty Bean we rely on nail polish.

And nothing makes us feel cozier on a cold, winter night than a vampy, velvety nail polish.

Sure, we complain about the cold and snow, but the one thing that we absolutely love about the change in seasons is the simultaneous change in nail polish color that goes along with it: bright, fun colors for summer in celebration of BBQs, beach days and fruity drinks and dark, vampy colors in the fall and winter in celebration of cozy nights by the fireplace, comfort food and a festive holiday season.

Each year, we seek out the latest shades from our favorite brands to help you nail (pun intended) the vampy trend. Here are the 5 best vampy nail polishes of the year…

Gelish Soak Off Gel Polish in Wanna Share a Lift? ($12.50)
Winter sports, shoveling snow and scrubbing pans after the brownies come out of the oven aren’t exactly so easy on our manis. That’s why we love gel manicures (especially those we can do at home!). Coat winter digits in this deep ruby red glitter shade for up to 21-days of chip-free, celebration-ready lacquer.

Rococo Nail Lacquer in Brocade Creme ($16.50)
Founded by two sisters from London, Rococo Nail Lacquers are designed with the idea that nail polish is the ultimate fashion accessory, and we couldn’t agree more. Paint your nails with this highly-pigmented burgundy with a cream gloss finish for a bold look that is sure to make a statement!

Essie Nail Polish in Shearling Darling ($8.50)
Simultaneously look tailored and trendy with this plush, ebony red reminiscent of the deep mahogany finishes you’d find in a cozy library where you could settle in with a hot cup of tea and your favorite sweatpants.

Kevyn Aucoin Nail Lacquer in Blood Roses ($26)
The color of this Kevyn Aucoin nail lacquer is as dramatic as the name. In a deep plum shade with black undertones, this polish comes in a limited edition, modern bottle that complements the sleek color. If you’re looking for a dramatic yet classic look, this polish is the answer. Plus, the formula not only provides bold and streak free color, but also works to strengthen and moisturize the nails.

Dolce and Gabbana Intense Nail Lacquer in Iris ($24)
This deep violet nail polish combines just the right amount of sexy and provocative with demure and classic. With a shiny pearl finish, this polish glides on easily and provides high shine that stays chip-free for days.