Nail color can be a key accessory. Whether you get your nails done at a beauty salon or DIY them at home, the key to the ideal mani/pedi is polish, polish, polish.
Whether you can afford these designers’ bags or not, their nail polish is an attainable luxury that many women have come to love. Here are five designer brands known for their fabulous polishes:
1. Chanel Nail Polish, $27
Coco Chanel loved romance, and her nail polishes are perfect for the girl who wants to get someone’s attention. From rich, bold reds and pinks to fashion-forward colors (think navy blue, satin black, and fun pastels, too), Chanel is constantly mixing up its nail color collection with shades that become instant bestsellers.
2. Tom Ford Nail Polish, $32
This nail polish brand is one of the most expensive, not to mention one of the most sought-after. Coincidence? Maybe. But this is one pricy product that’s actually worth it. Designer Tom Ford’s edgy, high style aesthetic can easily be seen in his sleek, geometric nail polish bottles. If these pretty containers weren’t enough to make you feel luxurious, the names of the colors (like “Trophy Wife” and “Shameless”) will certainly make you feel a little naughty…in a good way. While these colors tend to be safer than Chanel’s, they’re still very wearable and classic. Expect shimmery pinks and neutrals and bolder brights like wine and cherry.
3. Dolce & Gabbana Nail Polish, $25
Dolce & Gabbana’s nail polish collection instantly impressed fans with a great range of fun colors. They’re not safe or predictable — in fact, you might even be a little surprised to find nail colors like Stromboli, a dark green with gold glitter, next to more basic pale pinks like Rose Petal. But even neutrals are done with flair by this designer brand. You can see this in shades like Lilac, a soft lavender with a dose of shimmery pearl to make it just a little bit more exciting.
4. Dior Nail Polish, $24
Dior’s high-shine polishes run the gamut from shimmery apricot to deep jade green. Many devotees also find that they last without chipping for a full week. If you like brights, you’ll definitely find a favorite in this collection.
5. YSL Nail Polish, $25
Yves Saint Laurent’s La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer is very similar to its color cosmetics line. If you’ve seen the shades YSL uses in its makeup, from the eyeliners and eye shadows to the blushes and lipsticks, then these nail shades will look pretty familiar to you. Dusty greens like Jade Imperial and Vert D’Orient appeal to the younger fans, while classics like Fuchshia Intemporel are the go-to pedi shades of older YSL lovers who’ve been using the brand’s products for years.
6. Guerlain Nail Polish, $25
This French cosmetic and fragrance house has some under-the-radar polish shades that are worthy of more attention. If you like shimmery and pearled nail polishes, this brand will become a favorite in the luxury set. Pearly pink Gemma is the ultimate feminine bubblegum pink, and La Petite Robe Noir is a shimmery bronzed nude that adds a little sparkle to an otherwise flesh-toned manicure or pedicure.