Nail Files: My Winter Polish Picks

Nail Files: My Winter Polish Picks
Seeing as the winter solstice was last month I thought now would be an appropriate time to share my favorite nail polish colors for the season. As you can see in the above collage, there are 5 shades that have made their way into my winter polish rotation. Here’s a breakdown on my polish picks for this chilly season:


You may recall that navy was one of my favorite nail colors for fall, but this season I’ve opted for a flat navy instead of a shimmery version. (But to be honest, I am just really loving navy nails right now!) American Apparel makes a great deep indigo called Passport Blue. Other navy lacquers that have caught my eye include RGB Cobalt and Chanel Blue Satin.


I love this hue because it reads like a neutral—it goes with almost everything. It’s understated but clean and chic. My favorite mauvey-shade is Essie Ladylike, which I am wearing in the above photo. It’s more of a “soft” mauve. However, other variations of the color are great too. OPI Java Mauve is really nice as is Deborah Lippmann Modern Love.

Muted Gold

Don’t get me wrong, I love getting gilded but this understated take on the statement-making metallic is a really nice update for the winter season. Like mauve, it’s another “new neutral” in my book. I’m wearing Deborah Lippmann Believe, but I also like OPI I Only Drink Champagne (Love the name!) and NARS Versailles.

Blood Red

Deep reds have always been my go-to during the wintertime. This year I found a really nice (and inexpensive) rouge at Urban Outfitters in Blood Red, which I am wearing in the photo. Other vampy reds that I love include Chanel Pirate and Butter London Saucy Jack.

Shimmery Silver

Along with mauve and muted gold, shimmery—almost translucent—silver has proved to be a refreshing “new neutral” for the winter season. I love the milky finish and the barely-there touch of shimmer. Plus I can wear it with everything. Butter London Frilly Knickers is really lovely along with Sephora In Like and China Glaze Shimmer Pearl White Cap.

What are your 5 favorite nail polish colors for winter?

XO Lauren

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