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Searching for the right shade to go with all your chic summer sandals?! You’ve come to the right place — whether you want to make a statement or prefer to just add some shine to your natural nails, we’ve got a color for ya! Keep reading for the best summer nail polishes to have in your arsenal this season!
If your summer schedule includes spending some time by the pool or beach, try this mermaid-inspired, speckled polish! This non-toxic, 5-free formula is also chip-free, so you won’t be constantly reapplying.
This orange-red hue is hardly new, but this timeless shade never goes out of style! Not only does it look great on every skin tone, but it can really make those summer whites POP.
If brights aren’t really your thing, your fingers and toes will love this gorgeous mauve! With a gel-like finish and cruelty-free, gluten-free, and vegan formula, this is one shade you’ll want to wear well into fall.
4. Base Coat Nail Polish in Brunch, $18
With a name like Brunch and a safe eight-free formula, we’re going to go on a limb here and say that this shade will be a staple in your get-ready routine for seasons to come!
5. Dior Nail Glow Nail Enhancer, $28
Wanna just enhance the color of your natural nails this summer? We hear you — reach for this classic nail lacquer! This universal shade just dials up the shine and color of your natural nails, so you can venture out without worrying about chips.
Regardless of the summer nail polishes you pick, you need a top-performing base coat! This gorgeous bottle by Deborah Lippmann contains ultra-sheer violet pigments that neutralize dull, stained, and yellow nails.
Shimmer, rich pigments, and natural antioxidants for healthier nails?! Sign us up!
This vegan nail polish is channeling all of our favorite summer activities — being by the pool, swimming in the pool, thinking about the pool…
Can’t decide on just one shade? We understand! So reach for a cool color-shifting option! This option shifts from hues of stunning greens to refreshingly cool blues (you may even catch subtle hints of gold occasionally) depending on the angle of your fingertips and the type of lighting you’re under.
10. J.Hannah Nail Polish in Blue Nudes, $19
Wanna go dark? We’re loving this inky option from J.Hannah! Pair it with some white sandals so it really stands out!
11. OPI Nail Polish in PCH Love Song, $13
When you wanna turn up the heat this summer, go with this shimmery orange! This long-wearing, high-shine formula will keep your fingers and toes looking on-point all season.
There’s something about this lavender/lilac color that makes us just wanna sit back and relax! And since that’s the vibe we’re going for this season, we’re adding it to our summer nail polish VIP list.
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Allison is a writer, Bruce Springsteen enthusiast, and sixth-generation Texan living in Denton, Texas.