Best Year Round Nail Polishes
It’s funny to me that I get so many questions about my nails because they are usually chipped or smudged. But I guess it doesn’t look like that on camera. Going to take a wild guess here and say that it’s because of my polish choices. As my nail lady would say, I’m very predictable / boring when it comes to picking colors. You won’t catch me in neon, shimmer, or anything too loud.

In my FAQ video I talked about my nails and why I don’t like gel. It takes way too long to take off and call me a whimp, but it hurts! While traditional nail polish chips easily and requires more maintenance, I’d rather deal with a weekly polish change (that I do myself in between manicures) than the painful and long process of removing gel. Since I paint my own nails every week, I have quite the selection, and I’ve divided them up for you by color category.

You’ll see a pattern of the same brands, tones, and finishes and here’s why. I’ve tried 100’s of nail polishes in my lifetime and know which ones are good–long lasting, good colors, smooth formula, easy application, and don’t dry up too quickly in the bottle. I only wear matte colors–absolutely no shimmer, glitter, iridescence, etc. I also stick within a very simple and neutral color palette–pale pinks, nudes, browns / mauves, whites, reds, and darks. While an electric blue might look chic on someone else, it just isn’t for me.

Lastly, I like to keep my nails looking as natural as possible. SHOCKER, right? Obviously you know I’m wearing nail polish…no one is born with Essie Ballet Slipper nails. However, the length and shape needs to be natural, too. I had my acrylic days back in high school (among other terrible choices I made back then) and now you couldn’t pay me to glue something to my nails. No designs, no rhinestone, nothing. I love a classic, basic, boring nail color, length, and shape.






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  1. Shanna says:

    OMG OMG I haven’t even read the whole thing and I’m already super excited/obsessed LOL. I want you to know that because of you (and this is just one of the many many things) I was SAVED from having to rely on acrylic nails!! When I started following you and heard that you get once-a-month manicures and then paint your nails in between, I started doing the same and I have never gone back to acrylics. My nails and cuticles have been amazing ever since!! I’m so excited also to try the new colors you posted above – I have most but I will check out the others. I also agree that neon is totally OUT (and that goes for bikinis and other things besides nails) although the kardashians may use those bright colors and it may seem “in style” I love sticking with the neutral color pallet as well! Thanks so much for doing this post! Xoxo

  2. Saramarie Rod says:

    Ahh I always ask you about your nails via comments orDM’s and I am so happy you posted this! I too prefer the lighter, more natural colors. Which top and base coats do you use? xx

  3. Cara Smith says:

    My nail lady knows it neutral colors every time lol! I did a navy/grey-ish color once and but that only lasted a week ha! I would be happy with OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons every time(limited edition from the Germany collection unfortunately :/). I had been going back and forth with gel and acrylics for a few years. Mainly just for thickness but have recently given up those for regular manicures and at-home manicures as wells. Definitely want to try our Funny Bunny and Shall We Chalet!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Taylor says:

    YES, neutral nails are my jam! I have quite a few of these in my collection, but I will be adding some more thanks to this post. X

    Taylor |

  5. Tiana Lemeza says:

    Love this post and your blog!
    Thanks for taking the time to give a good amount of options for each colour category, need to try them all ❤️❤️

  6. Angie says:

    Ooh, love this breakdown- I’ll definitely be trying a few! OPI’s ‘Alpine Snow’ & ‘My Vampire is Buff’ are great white and nude options too! xo

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